On Monday, October 31, Professor Phyllis Crocker was named by Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to a joint task force of the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio State Bar Association on the death penalty. The 21-member task force includes seven judges, four legislators, two prosecutors, two law professors, a sheriff and several others. Its first meeting will be in Columbus this Thursday. “The task force will not decide whether Ohio should or should not have the death penalty,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said in a statement. “It will not be on the table for discussion.” Instead, the task force is charged with determining whether Ohio’s death penalty is being administered fairly.
To see the announcement in the Columbus Dispatch, click here: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/11/01/19-named-to-review-death-penalty-in-ohio.html