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This week on "The State of Ohio": A huge shakeup in the campaign of the Democratic candidates for governor. The school year gets underway in Ohio, as do hearings to repeal the standards kids will be trying to reach this year. And two Republicans spar over spans, streets and superhighways.
 

How Ohio Will "Retire" the Electric Chair.
By Bill Cohen - January 17, 2002
Now that Ohio legislators have passed a new law banning electrocutions, state corrections officials are making plans to unplug the electric chair and eventually move it out of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

A few days before the February 19th lethal injection of convicted murderer John Byrd, State Corrections Director Reggie Wilkinson wants the chair to be taken out of the prison's Death House so that only a lethal injection gurney will remain. Wilkinson talked with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen about how that will happen.
Bill Cohen reports (2:35)
Ohio corrections chief Reggie Wilkinson says the electric chair will remain in the Lucasville prison Death House for a few more weeks. That's just in case a court decides that death row inmate John Byrd has a right to be electrocuted. As a protest of his execution, Byrd had demanded he be killed in the electric chair. But legislators then voted to ban electrocutions and make lethal injection Ohio's only execution method.


 
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