The Oberlin Review

Ohio Must End Death Penalty, Torture

Editorial Board

April 7, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: This article discusses the death penalty, rape, and murder. The last time the state of Ohio ended a life with capital punishment, Dennis McGuire choked, gasped for air and writhed in agony for 26 minutes before finally dying. Unable to procure reliable lethal execution drugs — the Danish company that produces them now refuses to sell to the U.S. government — Ohio decided to experiment with an untested drug cocktail that had never been used in an execution. Doctors told state officials that McGuire might suffocate to death; they decided to run the risk and suffocated him anyway. As the old adage goes, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” McGuire’s crime — raping and murdering a pregna...

Fair Executions Impossible to Achieve

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist

September 18, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

At the end of his inspiring Convocation talk, Brian Stevenson was asked, “Are there people who deserve to die?” And he answered something like, “Personally, I do not think so.” We are not our worst action. But it wouldn’t matter if there were people who deserve to die. Does the criminal justice system — with all of its known faults and errors — really deserve to kill people? This is the moral paradox of killing criminals: Even if you believe some people deserve to die, who deserves to kill? 140 countries have banned state-sponsored capital punishment. Many people, myself included, are uncomfortable with the U.S. government exercising the death penalty. But there is another history of capital punis...

Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Provokes Moral Questions Surrounding Death Penalty

Editorial Board

May 1, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This editorial contains discussion of the death penalty and execution. Two years after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached the sentencing phase of his trial, but most of Massachusetts opposes the death penalty for him. Convicted on all 30 counts brought against him, of which 17 carry a possible death sentence, Tsarnaev faces either the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. If the case were up to the state of Massachusetts, Tsarnaev would not receive a death sentence. The death penalty is illegal in the state, and only about a third of its residents approve of the death penalty for egregious crimes. Less than 20 percent of the state popula...

Ohio’s New Lethal Injection Raises Concerns

Louis Krauss, News Editor

February 8, 2014

Filed under Community News, NEWS

The Ohio State Correctional Facility’s experimentation with a never-before-used combination of lethal chemicals in January has led the Deparment of Correction to reanalyze its use of chemical poisons. Charles McGuire, who was convicted for the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in 1994, received the death sentence and was executed on January 16 by an experimental mixture of midazolam and hydromorphone. Observers said McGuire appeared to be convulsing and gasping just moments after the injections, and that the apparent distress continued for 24 minutes until he died. Under fire by civil liberties groups, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is saying little. “The only thing I can tell you is that...

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