Saturday, January 2, 2016

Ohio: Four Years of Legislative and Judicial Perfection

There is, apparently little need for traditional notion of checks and balances in Ohio as the Columbus Dispatch is reporting on the "sparing" use of clemency by Gov. John Kasich. According to the dispatch, in 2015, Kasich 2 of 244 requests he "considered." Both pardons:
... were for old crimes: a burglary case from 1954 and a prostitution conviction from 1965, both from Cuyahoga County. 
Consequently, Kasich has "signed off on less than 1 percent of clemency requests, below the 4.4 percent rate during his first four years in office." The Dispatch says his "use of the power" is "the most conservative of any governor of either party in the past three decades."

A "spokesman" says there not need for concern. It is all about "timing." Some pardons "will show up in 2016’s numbers." Brilliant.

The Dispatch reports:
Ted Strickland, a Democrat, approved 20 percent of 1,615 clemency requests he handled between 2007 and 2011, many of them near the end of his administration ... Republicans George V. Voinovich (1991-98) and Bob Taft (1999-2007) each approved less than 10 percent of the clemency requests he received. James A. Rhodes, a Republican, approved 17.5 percent of clemencies in 1982, his last year in office. Democrat Richard F. Celeste, governor from 1983 to 1991, touched off a legal battle in the waning days of his term when he commuted the death sentences of eight men on Death Row and granted clemency to 25 female prisoners because they were victims of “battered-woman syndrome.”
See full article here.

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