Ohio Governor Reverses Self, Grants 2 Week Reprieve To Death Row Inmate

Last week, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) denied clemency to Abdul Awkal, a severely mentally ill inmate scheduled to be executed tomorrow. According to Ngozi Ndulue, a member of Awkal’s legal team, Kasich partially reversed his decision today, granting Awkal a two week reprieve. At the very least, Kasich’s decision will give Awkal’s attorneys sufficient time to present their case to the courts that Awkal should not be executed because of his mental illness.