A state Supreme Court task force analyzing the effectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law plans anothermeeting today as part of its year-long review.
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor convened the task force while making it clear it won't debate whether the state should have the death penalty.
The panel has discussed whether Ohio should consider a statewide approach to charging murder defendants with death penalty charges to avoid disparities that arise from county to county.
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a law allowing either side in personal injury lawsuits to request separate trials for damages meant to compensate victims and those meant to punish a company.
Lawmakers enacted the two-trial system as part of sweeping 2005 changes to how such lawsuits are conducted in Ohio that included controversial limits on the size of awards.
The court ruled 5-2 Wednesday that the law was constitutional and did not violate the separation of powers.
Full version of this afternoon's debate featuring Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice candidates Eric Brown and Maureen O'Connor.
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