The Death Lottery: How Race Impacts the Death Penalty in Ohio

February 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
University of Akron Student Union
The Student Union
303 Carroll St #210, Akron, OH 44304
Abe Bonowitz


Two thirds of murder victims in Ohio are African American, yet two thirds of those who have been executed in our state had white victims. This panel brings together individuals with direct experience with the aftermath of murder, providing context to a newly released report examining racial and geographic disparity in the application of Ohio’s death penalty.

Panelists include:






Kwame Ajamu & Wylie Bridgeman, Cleveland area brothers who, together with their friend Ricky Jackson, were wrongly convicted and sentenced to be executed for a crime they did not commit.

Judge Stephen L. McIntosh, who served as the Vice-Chairman of the Ohio Supreme Court Joint Task Force on the Administration of Ohio’s Death Penalty. A former prosecutor, McIntosh is a Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge.

Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., Executive Director of the national organization Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation. Sullivan’s sister Jennifer was murdered in Cleveland in 1997 – a crime which remains unsolved.

Moderator: Margery M. Koosed, a noted expert on Ohio’s death penalty system, is Professor Emeritus at The University of Akron School of Law.

This event is part of RETHINKING RACE: Black, White and Beyond at The University of Akron

Jan. 29 to Feb. 12, 2016

A forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through films, performances, Face-2-Face Conversations, and keynote speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

More events and information can be found here.