"Ohio should kill capital punishment," is the Toledo Blade editorial column by Jeff Gerritt. He's the deputy editorial page editor.
Capital punishment has been part of Ohio’s justice system since statehood in 1803, and The Blade’s editorial page has a tradition of supporting it. It’s a tradition I oppose, even as its deputy editor.
I couldn’t persuade Publisher and Editor-in-Chief John Robinson Block, who sincerely supports capital punishment, to change The Blade’s long-standing position. But I can argue, as an individual, that Ohio should follow the lead of six other states that have, in as many years, abolished this costly, impractical, inhumane, and unjust practice.
Ohio has executed more than 390 convicted murderers. Executions have continued since the early 1800s, except between 1972, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the death penalty unconstitutional, and 1981, when Ohio lawmakers enacted the current capital punishment statute.
Even so, the state can offer no rational defense for it.
Some people argue, without evidence, that capital punishment deters heinous crimes. In fact, according to FBI crime statistics, murder rates in death-penalty states are significantly higher than those in states without the death penalty, and they have been for decades.
Nor does the deterrence argument make sense. Does anyone really believe that the difference between execution and life in prison would deter any murder, whether committed in passionate heat or cold-blooded calculation?
Earlier coverage from Ohio begins at the link.