Republican Ohio Superme Court Justice: The Death Penalty ‘Makes No Sense’

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would abolish the death penalty in the state. A long-time opponent to the practice, Ohio’s senior Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer — a Republican — went before the House Criminal Justice Committee to lambast the death penalty as a “death lottery.” “I have concluded that the death sentence makes no sense when you can have life without the possibility of parole. I don’t see what society gains,” he said. Having spent 19 years on the court, Pfeifer hoped to instill a sense of urgency in the lawmakers: “If you aren’t going to consider this, who will? If not now, when? If not you, who?”