Legislation is supposed to be introduced soon in Ohio’s House calling for a halt to the Death Penalty while it is studied by a blue ribbon panel.

In the meantime, local governments will be asked to pass a resolution in support of a Death Penalty Moratorium. There are presently activists in about 12 states organizing local governments and civic organizations to pass resolutions. In neighboring Pennsylvania, both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have endorsed a resolution. Ironically Philadelphia has supplied about half of the inmates on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Locally in Columbus, activists are presently in conversations with some City Council members to explore the possibility of a moratorium resolution. Such conservatives as George Will and Pat Robinson have stated their support for a moratorium. For more information call Gary Witte at 443-6044.

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