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This week on "The State of Ohio": A state representative suddenly passes away, leaving lawmakers in shock. A national political party chooses Ohio for its convention - but it's probably not the party you think it is. And two groups are hoping to put two very different questions about voting laws before the voters
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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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