Ohio plans to execute Abdul Awkal on June 6 for the 1992 murders of his estranged wife and her brother in Cleveland. There is no reasonable doubt about that. The larger question is always about the death penalty itself. The specific question in this case focuses on the mental competency of Mr. Awkal.
Here are recent developments: Governor Kasich denied clemency to Mr. Awkal on May 30 without explanation.
The governor’s decision came after the Ohio Parole Board issued a split recommendation against clemency.
I join Ohioans to Stop Executions in calling concerned individuals to contact Governor Kasich’s office by phone at 614-466-3555 or by e-mail and urge him to issue a reprieve so courts can determine if Mr. Awkal is competent for execution. Attorneys for Mr. Awkal will present new evidence that Mr. Awkal is incompetent to be executed.
I vote in Ohio – long story – but I do – and only in Ohio.
I have contacted Governor Kasich telling him that I do not want the State of Ohio to kill in my name!
See you along the Trail.
- Ohio readies execution for mentally ill prisoner (rt.com)
- 6 June execution date in Ohio (graybeardtrail.wordpress.com)
- BREAKING: Ohio Governor Denies Clemency To Severely Mentally Ill Death Row Inmate (thinkprogress.org)