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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ohio Prosecutor Joe Deters On ABA's Execution Moratorium: Liberal Hogwash

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters -- whose jurisdiction accounts for 37 of the 184 people on Ohio's death row -- tells the hometown Cincinnati Enquirer that the American Bar Association panel was stacked with liberals. Deters is a Republican and supports capital punishment.

From today's Enquirer:

"This commission is a liberal defense attorney dream team. There is not a single active prosecutor on it. It included a former Ohio Supreme Court justice [Craig Wright] who vowed he'd never vote for the death penalty again, and it goes downhill from there.

"You would think it would have at least one prosecutor, somebody . . . Instead, it's packed with a bunch of liberals. There conclusion should come as no surprise. These are people who don't believe in the death penalty. They know Ohioans support it and can't change the law so they try to subvert the law."

Here's a list of the ABA panel members:

1. Craig Wright, former Ohio justice now Ohio Court of Claims judge.

2. U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Cleveland Democrat and former Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

3. State Sen. Shirley Smith, Democrat, Cleveland.

4. S. Adele Shank, Columbus attorney in private practice and former general counsel Ohio Public Defender's office.

5. U.S. Magistrate Michael Merz, Dayton.

6. Geoffrey S. Mearns, dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.

7. Margery Koosed, University of Akron law professor.

8. Mark Godsey, University of Cincinnati law professor and director of the school's innocence project.

9. Phyllis Crocker, associate dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University.

10. David Stebbins, Columbus defense lawyer.


  1. Like like Joe was right. Panel seems stacked against the death penalty. Group loses any chance of credibility when they included Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

  2. The conclusions are right, the composition of the board was wrong - Dirty Deeds Deters opposes this because it directly slams his actions in concealing evidence in a capital case, as found by the courts.

    Dirty Deeds should have been prosecuted for prosecutorial misconduct - but lucky for him, the Diciplinary Council and AG at the time were "stacked" with hard-core conservatives ( who practice measured conservation of people's rights)

    Furthermore, as stolen from another blog: Reminds me of the Jack Nicholson quote in a Few Good Men - (under) the very protection I provide... or something like that-

    A Day in the Life of Joe Republican

    Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards. With his first swallow of coffee, he takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

    All but $10 of his medications is paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance - now Joe gets it too. He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

    In the morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much it contained. Joe dresses, then walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

    Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

    It's noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression. Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

    Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards. He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal (FDR) stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

    He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, quiche-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

    Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day.

    Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of himself, just like I have."

    This item was sent to us by one of liberal subscribers, claiming he had written it. We don't know where he stole it, but thanks to Google, we did find the same story on dozens of different web sites.

  3. Hi 4:08 PM --

    What a long comment. I'm not sure what the heck it has to do with the death penalty.

    Deters does have a point. The ABA panel certainly looks like a group of people whose minds were already made up. Godsey, from the innocence project, comes from the UC law school, where a student study a couple years ago said the death penalty law in Ohio was deeply flawed. I wrote about that for the Plain Dealer, and the story is probably out there on the web someplace. I haven't found it today. I think Godsey should have stayed out of the whole thing. I think he had an inherent conflict.

    I spoke with people today who don't see Gov. Strickland as have a huge interest in a moratorium -- haven't heard directly from him or any staffers.


  4. I went to high school with Merz's kid...if the boy is an indication, then the judge is about as liberal as they come.