Rep. Antonio Comments On First Ohio Execution In Over Three Years
New three-drug lethal injection method previously ruled unconstitutional
 
 

Ohio House Democratic Whip Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today in response to Ohio carrying out its first execution in over three years:


“As a longtime opponent of capital punishment, I agree with former Attorney Generals Jim Petro and Lee Fisher that our state should not resume executions so long as the ‘serious, systemic problems inherent in Ohio’s capital punishment laws and practices’ remain.


“Although state officials are clearly determined to follow the proposed schedule of twenty-seven executions over the next four years despite legal and ethical concerns, I remain firm in my belief that capital punishment has no place in our state and country, and should be abolished.


“The research still shows that capital punishment fails to deter violent crime and is administered with disparities across economical and racial lines.


“The people of Ohio are better than the convicted murderers on death row, and I believe their taxpayer dollars would be better spent pursuing constructive, positive policies that enhance their quality of life.


“I believe Ohio should replace capital punishment with a life sentence without parole.”


In January, a federal magistrate found Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process to be unconstitutional, as it may cause “substantial risk of serious harm.” However, that ruling was later overturned by the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


Antonio has repeatedly introduced “Death in Prison for Capital Crimes” legislation that would end capital punishment and replace it with a life sentence without parole. The Cleveland-area lawmaker plans to reintroduce the bill in the coming weeks.

 
 
 
  
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The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.