Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ohio: Saved From Execution!

Ohio Gov. John Kasich granted clemency today to 42-year old Shawn Hawkins, who was scheduled to be executed next week. The commutation of sentence follows a unanimous recommendation for clemency by the State's Parole Board. Hawkins, who claims innocence, was convicted of shotting and killing two men. The board, however, was not "confident" in the death sentence for his case. See story here. and here.


California Criminal Records said...

Well, I guess you have to give the guy the benefit of the doubt if the entire panel unanimously votes to. We are talking about the death penalty, and unless the state is absolutely certain, they should not be putting people to death. It is many times worse to make the mistake of killing an innocent man that it would be to let a guilty man live out the rest of his days in prison.

JorgXMcKie said...

It would also appear to help make the case for legalizing drugs. If marijuana were legal those two most likely would not have been killed for $1400 [as appears to have been the case, although the linked stories do not make that clear.]

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