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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many r…

Lawmaker pushes to abolish death penalty in Ohio

Ohio's death chamber
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — For the fourth time in a row, State Rep. Nickie Antonio, from Cuyahoga County, has introduced legislation at the Statehouse that would abolish the death penalty.

Her three previous attempts have been relatively fruitless in starting a debate about the issue at the Statehouse.

This time, Antonio is hoping for a deeper dialog with members of the House Criminal Justice Committee, to whom the bill has been assigned.

As was the case last year, at least one Republican has already agreed to be a co-sponsor on the bill, but unlike abortion, capital punishment is not necessarily a partisan issue.

House Bill 389 was given its first hearing this week, and Antonio hopes it will receive at least two more; one for supporters of the measure, and one for opponents.

Antonio says now is the perfect time for both sides to take another look at capital punishment, how it has been handled in recent years and the trends being seen nationally, given recent events connected to the topic.

It will be up to State Rep. Nathan Manning, from Lorain County, near Cleveland, as to whether the bill will receive any more hearings, or if he plans to let it languish in committee for the next year.

Source: WLWT5, December 15, 2017


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