I respond to the Friday Dispatch article “Kasich puts execution on hold over juror‘s letter” regarding Gov. John Kasich’s reprieve of Raymond Tibbetts. There is no way his scheduled execution should have been allowed to move forward now that one of the jurors told us that the process didn’t work correctly.
While a lesser governor would have done nothing and left the execution date in place, I think Kasich demonstrated his integrity and commitment to getting things right by sending the case back to the parole board. It makes sense that prisoners can’t be sentenced to death unless every single juror who hears the facts agrees that the prisoner deserves to face the death penalty. It’s the best way to make sure that each person searches his or her own heart and mind before making the determination.
Since the juror now says that with all the facts in hand, he does not think Tibbetts deserves death, I hope the parole board will show the same integrity as the governor and remove the death sentence.