Governor Taft Commutes Sentence Of Death Row Inmate

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Friday, June 27, 2003 - 05:32 AM
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Governor Taft says he believes a jury would not have recommended the death penalty for Jerome Campbell if they’d had all the evidence now available in the case. Taft commuted Campbell’s death sentence to life without patrol Thursday, less than 24 hours before Campbell was sentenced to die for the 1988 death of John Henry Turner in Cincinnati. It’s the first time Taft has granted clemency to a death row inmate. Taft says Campbell presented significant new D-N-A evidence that was not available to the jury at the time of his trial. Tests showed blood on Campbell’s tennis shoes was not his own, not Turner’s.

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