Friday, September 23, 2011
The Ohio Parole Board has unanimously recommended that the death sentence of 46-year old Joseph Murphy be commuted to life in prison. Murphy, who is "borderline mentally retarded," is scheduled to be executed on October 18, for 1987 murder of a 72-year old widow. The board's decision was based on what it described as Murphy’s “deprived history" and “chronic and consistent" abuse from his own family. The Board found "no evidence of consistent or meaningful love or support" shown to Murphy as he drifted in and out of mental hospitals. Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Herbert Brown urged the board to grant clemency. See story here.