penalty needs re-examination
Jeff Gamso, The Dayton Daily News
(Letter to the Editor)
Jan. 23, 2007
Thanks to the Dayton Daily News for its timely editorial on the
growing number of people who are realizing that the death-penalty
system is broken and in drastic need of review ("Good to see
facts influencing views," Jan. 10).
another execution in Ohio, newly elected Gov. Ted Strickland must
make it a priority to form an independent commission to examine
the fairness of the death-penalty system in Ohio. Following a report
by The Associated Press in 2005 that found that Ohioans were more
likely to receive the death penalty based on wealth, race and geography,
the new state government should feel obligated to study these serious
addition, incidents such as the botched execution of Joseph Clark
in May 2006 have called into question the use of lethal injection.
While courts address the important issue of whether this method
is cruel and unusual, it would be unconscionable for the state to
proceed with further executions.
should show the courage to examine the findings of relevant studies,
and put an end to executions until the system is proven fair to
Gamso is legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of