Kasich Commutes Death Sentence


For the second time this year, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) commuted a death sentence, an act that separates him from other Republican governors like Rick Perry of Texas who has been accused of taking pleasure in his ability to execute Texans.

Kasich spared the life of Joseph Murphy of Marion. Murphy was scheduled for execution on October 18th. Murphy, 46, was convicted of killing Ruth Predmore, a 72-year-old widow during a robbery at her home.

In a statement, Kasich said the murder of Ruth Predmore was “heinous and disturbing” and Murphy deserves punishment despite his abusive childhood.  He added: “After examining this case in detail with counsel I agree with Chief Justice Moyer, the National Association of Mental Illness and the Parole Board’s unanimous 8-0 decision that considering Joseph Murphy’s brutally abusive upbringing and the relatively young age at which he committed this terrible crime, the death penalty is not appropriate in this case.”

The Ohio Parole Board voted unanimously last week to recommend a grant of clemency based largely on Murphy’s abused and neglected childhood and noted that the sentencing option of life without the possibility of parole was not available when Murphy was convicted.

Murphy’s case stands in stark contrast to Troy Davis, who was executed despite significant concerns that he was innocent. Those discrepancies in outcome are simply unacceptable and are alone grounds for ending, permanently, the use of capital punishment in this country.


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Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

Thank you for a beautifully written article. Thank you Governor Kasich for showing grace and mercy.

Thank you for the suprise oh most current troll of Care2 troll away, I see you not, I read you not I only know you are active because other people still see you. I wish they wouldn't.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Amazing to see someone in the justice system assessing the whole picture and ruling with compassion, despite the prevailing attitudes.

Lilithe Magdalene

May this become the norm, and the death penalty eliminated.

Hillary B.
Hillary G. B6 years ago

Oopsie. Ahem, I was saying...penal system. Now everyone can laugh at where it got cut off.

On a separate note, thank you Gov. Kasich for showing some common sense.

Hillary B.
Hillary G. B6 years ago

Steve N.: Have you ever watched prison shows on TV? It looks like hell on earth. Decade after decade spent in a tiny cell, every moment told what to do, constantly living with threat of death, beating or stabbing from fellow inmates or from guards who feel threatened. I take offense at your statement that they are "pampered". Are you kidding? It isn't a spa, which is what most people think of when they think of getting pampered. Not prison. The death sentence is not only wrong because we often kill people who are all too often found innocent, but it can actually be seen as the easier way out. I think that in death we are free from earthly suffering, and if you want to punish someone, spending a lifetime suffering in jail would be what you want. What you want is vengeance. But that makes us just as bloodthirsty if not more than those that kill because of mental illness or those who did not premeditate killing someone. And what of how it is applied? Charles Manson is still alive & well, though infamous for killing at least 6 people. Dahmer ATE PEOPLE and got life. He was however, beaten to death by fellow inmates. Again, where can get I get some of that pampering? From what I have read, the prison system was actually conceived as something that was mainly to keep those who are dangerous away from the rest of us. We should be spending more time figuring out how to fix our poor economy, which exacerbates all crime, including violent ones, and figure out how to fix a penal sys

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

There is no need for a death penalty. It is legalize revenge and murder.

Steve N.
Steve N6 years ago

Ruth Predmore hired Joseph Murphy to do yard work. He thanked the 72 year old woman by slashing her throat and stealing her penny collection. He should have had his throat slit the day he was found guilty. Now we are stuck pampering him in prison for decades.

Plenty of people have had less than perfect childhoods and managed to be successful without killing, stealing, or blaming their problems on everyone else but themselves. Any governor who feels pampering a cold blooded killer is more important than the grandmother he brutally murdered should be impeached, for he is not protecting his citizens.

William Y.
William Y6 years ago

Interesting, a Republican with ethics.

Catherine Turley
Catherine Turley6 years ago

thank you roy. i made the same point to the 35,000 people watching troy's protest. there should be 35,000 signatures on every petition. i got an email from the governor's rep in regard to the manuel valle execution telling me the governor had a duty to sign the death warrant... as if he couldn't say no. we all have a choice. choose to fight against killing.

Penny C.
penny C6 years ago