Ohio Death Penalty Review Panel To Meet Again

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The committee examining capital punishment in Ohio and reviewing possible changes to the state's death penalty law is ready to meet again.

The task force convened by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O'Connor is starting to wind up its work despite divisions over the role that geography and race play in determining who becomes eligible for the death penalty.

The committee, which meets Thursday in Columbus, recently proposed restricting the use of capital punishment by eliminating cases where an aggravated murder was committed during a burglary, robbery or rape.

Any such change would require lawmakers' approval.

O'Connor instructed the committee to look at ways to update the 1981 law and ensure its fairness while emphasizing that recommendations to end capital punishment in Ohio were off the table.