Jim Petro: Ohio shouldn’t risk executing innocent

Jim and Nancy Petro

As a legislator, I voted in favor of reinstating Ohio’s death penalty law in 1981. As attorney general, I oversaw 18 executions in accordance with Ohio law, but increasingly I struggled with my views on the death penalty. It’s one thing to consider the law in the abstract; it is much different and more difficult to make decisions in a state process that concludes with the taking of a human life.