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Jan. 27, 2012
Statewide Editors, Reporters Meet with Government Leaders at Moyer Judicial Center

Chief Justice O'Connor Discusses Task Forces on Death Penalty, Budget

The leaders of the three branches of state government met with the media Thursday at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

The day-long Ohio Associated Press 2012 Legislative and Election Session featured remarks and interactive sessions with Gov. John Kasich, House Speaker William Batchelder, Senate President Tom Niehaus and Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

Chief Justice O’Connor focused her remarks on the work of two task forces: the Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts and the Joint Task Force to Study the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. She also answered questions from members of the media.

The funding task force will examine the current structure and the funding of the judicial branch and issue specific recommendations for further cost savings and efficiencies next year.

She said the task force will take the long view on court funding, which she sees as an access to justice issue. The group will also take into consideration that court funding is not just a state issue but a local issue too since much of the funding for local courts comes from the local level.

Chief Justice O’Connor announced that Judge Christopher Boyko, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, will chair the task force.

As for the death penalty task force, Chief Justice O’Connor reported that the group has met twice so far and formed several subcommittees to look into specific areas more in-depth. The task force is also examining what kind of data is available and how to get access to the data needed to make informed decisions and recommendations.

Chief Justice O’Connor said she had originally envisioned that the work of the task force would be completed by the end of 2012, but that schedule may be a bit too ambitious. “It will take as long as it takes,” she said.

Other government leaders who took part in the event included: House Minority Leader Armond Budish, Senate Minority Leader Eric Kearney, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor David Yost, and Secretary of State Jon Husted.