Crocker Comments on Ohio Supreme Court’s Formation of Committee to Study Ohio Death Penalty Law

Professor Phyllis Crocker, who served C|M|LAW as Interim Dean for the past 18 months, has become quickly reengaged in her discipline.  Crocker was recently quoted in an AP news article praising Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s announcement that she will be forming a committee to  review the state’s death penalty law.  O’Connor made clear in her announcement that the committee will not debate the law itself, which was enacted 30 years ago.  Instead, it will be charged with making sure the current system is administered fairly, efficiently and in the most “judicious manner possible.”   O’Connor pledged to convene a 20-member committee with broad experience on this subject to produce a fair, impartial, and balanced analysis. The committee will consist of judges, prosecuting attorneys, criminal defense lawyers, lawmakers and academic experts.  It will also be charged with reviewing a 2007 ABA-sponsored comprehensive study of Ohio’s death penalty statute.  Professor Crocker was well suited to comment on this announcement.  She served as Chair of the 10-person committee that produced the ABA study of Ohio’s death penalty law in 2007.  Crocker was pleased with O’Connor’s announcement, saying “[a] thorough examination of our state’s death penalty system was one of the goals of the 2007 ABA Death Penalty Report.”

To read the full story, click here: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ohio-s-top-judge-calls-for-death-penalty-review-2161796.php

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One Response to Crocker Comments on Ohio Supreme Court’s Formation of Committee to Study Ohio Death Penalty Law

  1. Alan Jay Rom says:

    Dear Phyllis: I am glad you are involved. Perhaps you can lead a panel discussion about the death penalty in recognition that 2012 is the 40th anniversary of Furman and this is a way to keep the death penalty in the public eye.

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