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Kasich, Fitzgerald Oppose Effort To Repeal Death Penalty

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Jim Heath reports for 10TV (WBNS) in Columbus, Ohio:


There is rare issue of agreement in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign:  Both Republican incumbent John Kasich and his likely Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald oppose legislative efforts to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio.
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This bill is likely headed nowhere soon at the statehouse.

Even if a majority of the pro-death penalty Republican lawmakers changed their view, Governor John Kasich's spokesman told 10TV he would not support it.

The likely Democratic nominee for governor, Ed FitzGerald, also would not endorse it.

"Through his experience in law enforcement, Ed has come to know that there are certain people whose crimes are so heinous that they forfeit their right to live," said Matt McGrath, Ohio Democratic Party spokesman.  "Therefore society ought to reserve the right to carry out the death penalty."

Kasich's spokesman Rob Nichols says the governor remains a supporter of the death penalty.  As a legislator he voted against a bill that would have replaced it with life imprisonment.

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