No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country's Busiest Death Penalty States

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Few subjects are as intensely debated in the United States as the death penalty. Some form of capital punishment has existed in America for hundreds of years, yet the justification for carrying out the ultimate sentence is a continuing source of controversy. No Winners Here Tonight explores the history of the death penalty and the question of its fairness through the experience of a single state, Ohio, which, despite its moderate midwestern values, has long had one of the ...

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Overview

Few subjects are as intensely debated in the United States as the death penalty. Some form of capital punishment has existed in America for hundreds of years, yet the justification for carrying out the ultimate sentence is a continuing source of controversy. No Winners Here Tonight explores the history of the death penalty and the question of its fairness through the experience of a single state, Ohio, which, despite its moderate midwestern values, has long had one of the country’s most active death chambers.

In 1958, just four states accounted for half of the forty-eight executions carried out nationwide, each with six: California, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas. By the first decade of the new century, Ohio was second only to Texas in the number of people put to death each year. No Winners Here Tonight looks at this trend and determines that capital punishment has been carried out in an uneven fashion from its earliest days, with outcomes based not on blind justice but on the color of a person’s skin, the whim of a local prosecutor, or the biases of the jury pool in the county in which a crime was committed.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins’s work is the only comprehensive study of the history of the death penalty in Ohio. His analysis concludes that the current law, crafted by lawmakers to punish the worst of the state’s killers, doesn’t come close to its intended purpose and instead varies widely in its implementation. Welsh-Huggins takes on this controversial topic evenhandedly and with respect for the humanity of the accused and the victim alike. This exploration of the law of capital punishment and its application will appeal to students of criminal justice as well as those with an interest in law and public policy.

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“The book is beautifully written. Specialists who already know the broad outlines will be interested in learning the Ohio story, and for nonspecialists, the book will be an engaging introduction to the subject.”
—Stuart Banner, author of The Death Penalty: An American History

“The book is an original and important project that makes a significant contribution to the field.”

—Douglas A. Berman, William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821418345
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Law Society & Politics in the Midwest
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is a reporter with the Associated Press in Columbus, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

One Early Justice 9

Two A New Law 26

Three The Volunteer 47

Four The Role of Race 72

Five The Bargaining of Death 92

Six Geography as Judge 102

Seven Diminishing Mercy 116

Eight Last Day 134

Nine Freakish or Fair 150

Ten The Future 164

Appendix 1 Executions in Ohio, 1803-85 173

Appendix 2 The Eight Ohio Death Row Volunteers since 1999 183

Appendix 3 Eight Ohio Cases in Which Judges Have Thrown Out a Death Sentence since 1981 185

Appendix 4 Significant Events in the History of the Death Penalty in Ohio 189

Note 193

Selected Bibliography 213

Index 215

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