© 2024 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
WOSP-FM 91.5 Portsmouth is off the air. In the meantime listen online or with the WOSU mobile app.

Ohio House Speaker's Support Of Death Penalty Wavering

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow
Ohio Public Radio
House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said he is less supportive of the death penalty in Ohio.

House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) says his support for the death penalty is wavering as Gov. Mike DeWine's administration says it doesn’t think there’s a way to carry out executions that a federal court would find suitable.

Householder says the death penalty is the law, but he is personally becoming "less and less" supportive of the death penalty.

"For one, it's extremely expensive to put somebody to death in lieu of keeping them life in prison. And also, it's becoming more and more difficult to do an execution," Householder said. "Over the years we've gone from electrocution to lethal injection and now there's issues being raised about lethal injection so it's just becoming more and more difficult to do and it's more and more expensive."

In February, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Merz released an opinion calling the state's lethal injection protocol "cruel and unusual." The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction had been working on a revised protocol but ran into challenges, such as pharmaceutical companies refusing to sell drugs to states for executions.

While one state lawmaker has proposed using police-seized fentanyl for executions, DeWine says he’s told Householder and Senate President Larry Obhof that he doesn’t see a lethal injection method that would work under existing state law.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.