The Death Penalty: Cruel, Unusual, and Completely Unfair
by Shirley Pasholk The June 15 Plain Dealer headlined, “Jay D. Scott executed. First Ohioan to be put to death by the state against his will since 1963.” Texas is widely considered the execution capital of the United States. Ohio, on the other hand, has “only” executed two men since 1963.
With two state sanctioned murders in 38 years, one might expect that those killed are the type of cruel, calculating, unrepentant mass murderers proponents of capital punishment like to point to. Both Wilford Berry (a so-called “volunteer”) and Jay D. Scott suffered from severe mental illnesses.
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"If they come in here, they're going to kill all of us." They're going to kill this man and me, no matter what color we are." George Skatzes' quote at the time of the Lucasville Riot.