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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ohio bill puts limits on post-trial death penalty evidence

An Ohio Senate committee has voted to allow limits on the ability of condemned killers to gather post-trial evidence in death penalty cases.

New language in the bill before the Senate Criminal Justice Committee allows judges to deny requests for evidence gathering if it would annoy, embarrass or unduly burden the person from whom the evidence is sought.

The Republican-controlled committee approved the change along party lines Wednesday but did not vote on the overall bill itself.

Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati says the bill is still an improvement over existing law which leaves the decision to allow post-trial evidence gathering up to judges.

Kari Underwood of the Ohio Public Defender's Office says such evidence limits are inappropriate in death penalty cases.

Source: Associated Press, Sept. 24, 2015

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