Cost of Death Penalty At Appellate Level Gets Some Ohio Media Coverage: The More We Talk Money, The Better


WBNS-TV in Ohio is reporting this week on a topic that we periodically delve into: the reality of the death penalty appeals process, and how expensive this is in both time and money. Good. The fact that not enough money exists for effective death penalty defense at the trial level, and how this directly correlates to a more expensive appeals process -- well, more discussion on that truth would be welcome. At least we’re seeing a start down that path.

Focusing upon the 26-year appellate journey of one case, the news story first discusses the details of Ohio Death Row’s David Stumpf’s case. Stumpf was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Mary Jane Norman over a quarter of a century ago, and he’s still in the appellate process.

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