COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is calling for a moratorium on executions through 2015.
The ACLU based its Wednesday request on the Ohio Parole Board’s recommendation that Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) grant clemency to condemned killer Arthur Tyler, who was scheduled to be put to death for the 1983 shooting of a Cleveland produce vendor. Later Wednesday, Kasich commuted Tyler’s sentence to life in prison without parole.
The ACLU also cited a botched execution Tuesday in Oklahoma in which an inmate died of a heart attack after something went wrong with the lethal injection procedure.
The civil rights group also said Kasich should halt all executions through 2015.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols says the governor supports the death penalty and takes the responsibility of implementing it seriously.