Thursday, 20 December 2007

Richey to take plea, return to Scotland

Greg Sowinski

OTTAWA — 10:23 a.m., Dec. 19 — Former death row inmate Kenneth Richey’s fight to regain his freedom will end Thursday in a Putnam County courtroom through a deal with prosecutors that will allow him to walk away a free man, The Lima News has learned.

Richey will plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and breaking and entering, according to his attorney, Ken Parsignian. Richey was charged in connection with the June 30, 1986, fire death of 2-year-old Cynthia Collins at a Columbus Grove apartment complex. As part of the deal, prosecutors have agreed to give Richey credit for time served and he will return to Scotland on Friday, Parsigian said.
Richey has maintained his innocence throughout the 21 years he’s been locked up. He was sentenced to death following a conviction at 1987 trial. After years of appeals, Richey was awarded a new trial when the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year ruled Richey’s trial attorneys didn’t do a good enough job representing him.

Karen Torley When Blind Justice becomes Blind

Injustice Justice For John

"An execution is not simply death. It is just as different from the privation of life as a concentration camp is from prison. It adds to death a rule, a public premeditation known to the future victim, an organization which is itself a source of moral sufferings more terrible than death. Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated can be compared. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life."

Albert Camus---"Reflections on the Guillotine, Resistance, Rebellion & Death" (1966).

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