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Anti-Death Penalty Advocates Urge Block Of Next Month's Execution

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Andy Chow
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Misha Zinkow, rabbi at Temple Israel in central Ohio, addresses anti-execution rally at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

A coalition of anti-death penalty advocates are hoping Gov. John Kasich will once again delay the execution of a death row inmate next month. They rallied at the Ohio Statehouse where religious leaders tried to appeal to Kasich’s faith.

Activists with Ohioans to Stop Executions spread out through the Statehouse to hand out letters to the governor’s office and lawmakers.

During a rally, Misha Zinkow, a rabbi at Temple Israel, explained why he believed capital punishment goes against Jewish values.

“For at least three reasons; uncertainty in judicial conclusions, it’s cruel and administered inconsistently, and because we believe in repentance over retribution,” said Zinkow.

During the three year halt in executions, Ohio did not see a drop in the murder rate. The group says that’s proof that executions don’t deter crime.

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