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Death is Different: Multiple Perspectives on Capital Punishment

October 28, 2013 12:10pm - October 28, 2013 1:20pm
Room 118


The death penalty is a perennial topic of often passionate discussion and disagreement.  For example, just yesterday the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hall v. Florida to clarify the burden of proof that states may impose on defendants who claim to be exempt from capital prosecution due to their mental retardation.  This panel of distinguished experts will not debate the merits of capital punishment.  Instead, each will offer personal insights and perspectives based on a rich variety of first-hand experiences with death penalty cases. 

Panelists include

  • The Honorable Gregory L. Frost, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (Columbus);
  • Ngozi Ndulue, Staff Attorney, Race and Justice Project, Ohio Justice & Policy Center;
  • Rachel Troutman, Assistant State Public Defender, Death Penalty Division, Office of the Ohio Public Defender; and
  • Steve Tolbert, Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.

Panelists will address current issues in death penalty policy and litigation, such as lethal injection protocols; the work of the Death Penalty Task Force appointed by Chief Justice O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio; procedural issues from pretrial litigation through clemency; and the execution of the mentally ill.

Professor Janet Moore will moderate.

This event is co-sponsored by the following: American Constitution Society, the Criminal Law Society, and the Judge in Residence Program.

Lunch will be provided.