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Cuyahoga County prosecutor is unremorseful over Castro
Other headlines: Proponents of Medicaid expansion launch campaign; Immigration reform petitions delivered to Boehner

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Jeff St. Clair
  • Proponents of Medicaid expansion launch campaign
  • Immigration reform petitions delivered to Boehner
  • Court clears the way for death penalty in 1993 case
  • Cuyahoga County prosecutor is unremorseful over Castro 
    The man convicted of kidnapping three women and holding them for a decade has died in his jail cell in Columbus. The Franklin County Coroner confirmed Ariel Castro committed suicide by hanging himself with a sheet. 

    Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty in a statement did not express sympathy for Castro who had served just over a month of his life sentence. McGinty writes Castro endured, “a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade.”

    Castro was not on suicide watch at the prison in Orient, Ohio but officers had been checking his cell every 30 minutes.

    The Ohio Department of Corrections says they are investigating the incident.

    Proponents of Medicaid expansion launch campaign
    Advocates for extending Medicaid coverage in Ohio are laying out arguments for expanding the federal-state program for low income people.

    Leaders from behavioral health, veterans and labor groups are expected to speak at a news conference today at the Statehouse in an effort to get the issue before voters should the Legislature fail to act.

    Lawmakers have been trying to find common ground on whether to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people.

    Republican leaders pulled it from the state budget this spring, and the issue has yet to gain traction.

    The House speaker recently said his chamber wouldn't be ready to take any action on Medicaid by October, but more likely by the end of the year.

    Immigration reform petitions delivered to Boehner 
    Immigration change advocates plan to rally at a southwest Ohio district office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

    The umbrella group Alliance for Citizenship says it has collected hundreds of thousands of petitions urging Boehner to bring up immigration reform for a vote.

    Supporters of providing a path to citizenship for immigrants in the US illegally are trying to pressure House Republicans on the issue.

    House GOP members have expressed opposition to a Senate immigration overhaul bill that includes eventual access to citizenship for 11 million immigrants already in the country.

    Court clears the way for death penalty in 1993 case
    A federal appeals panel has cleared the way for prosecutors to again seek the death penalty against an Ohio man convicted in the 1993 rape and fatal beating of a 19-year-old woman.

    Maurice Mason had argued that state prosecutors shouldn't be allowed to seek the death penalty against him because they missed a filing deadline after an appeals court threw out his death sentence in 2008. He also argued it would amount to double jeopardy.

    But today, a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati found that although the state did miss a key deadline, doing so is not enough to protect the 49-year-old Mason from the death penalty.

    Mason was convicted in the 1993 killing of Robin Dennis in rural Marion County.

    Listener Comments:

    Amazingly,if this prisoner had missed his filing deadline for his 2254 Habeas Corpus application by even one day,the U.S. 6th Circuit would have thrown it out of court. There is a wide disparity of opinion swings in the U.S.6th,depending on which political pawns are appointed to adjudicate the case.
    In the end, good riddance to a rapist and predator.

    Posted by: Mike (Akron) on September 5, 2013 1:09AM
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