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Governor’s clemency to Cornwell criticized



Published: Tue, November 16, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Sidney Cornwell

  Cornwell Clemency

“He got away with murder,” Jessica’s aunt, Connie Ressler of Girard, said of Sidney Cornwell.

“He got away with murder,” Jessica’s aunt, Connie Ressler of Girard, said of Sidney Cornwell.

Klinefelter syndrome

Gov. Strictland has overturned Sidney Cornwell’s execution based on the fact he has been diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome.

What is Klinefelter syndrome?

A genetic disorder, affecting only males with one or more extra X chromosomes. This can cause males to have physical traits such as breasts or small testicles. It occurs in about 1 out of 1,000 males.

What are the symptoms?

Sparse body hair, enlarged breasts and wide hips. The testicles remain small and in some cases, the penis does not reach adult size. Men with syndrome usually cannot father children. Language and learning problems are also possible. It is usually not diagnosed until the time of puberty.

How is it treated?

Males with Klinefelter syndrome can be given testosterone. If treatment is started around the age of puberty, it can help a boy have more normal body development.

Source: WebMD

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The Mahoning County judge who imposed the death penalty on Sidney Cornwell says he is “greatly surprised” by Gov. Ted Strickland’s decision to grant clemency.

Cornwell was facing execution for the 1996 gang-related killing of a Youngstown toddler.

Strickland’s decision, shifting Cornwell’s sentence to life in prison without parole, goes against the 7-1 recommendation of the state parole board, whose members believed the execution should move ahead today as scheduled.

Cornwell was convicted of killing 3-year-old Jessica Ballew in an early-morning shooting in June 1996.

“I’m greatly surprised by that decision,” Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court said. “It’s even more surprising because of what happened in this particular case.”

According to court documents, he and others drove up to an apartment on Oak Park Lane with the intention of shooting a rival in retaliation for an earlier incident between neighborhood gangs.

After learning that the intended victim was not at the residence, Cornwell opened fire, killing Jessica and injuring three adults.

Judge Krichbaum imposed the death sentence on Cornwell after the jury unanimously recommended the death penalty.

“It was a planned, deliberate, calculated revenge killing,” the judge said. Cornwell was part of a group whose members “stole guns and cars and set out to murder the man they believed shot one of them,” he added.

“When they were unable to find the intended victim after hours of search, they pulled up to this row house, and with those people [the victims] no more than 5 feet away from them, he fired, I believe, 20-some rounds onto the porch and into the habitation.”

In his decision, Strickland questioned whether Cornwell would have received a death sentence if the jury had known about a genetic disorder, diagnosed earlier this year.

“There is absolutely no doubt that Mr. Cornwell is guilty of the crime of aggravated murder — and he has admitted that,” Strickland wrote. “The only question I am confronted with is whether the death penalty is appropriate in this case given the fact certain mitigating information was not available at the time the sentence was imposed.”

Cornwell’s genetic disorder was known to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and to the state parole board, Judge Krichbaum said. In both cases, “the majority did not find it significant enough” to grant clemency, he observed.

The governor’s rationale for granting clemency is “based on the absolute minority of everybody who is now aware of this syndrome,” Judge Krichbaum noted. “Whether I agree or disagree, what he’s done is something that we all have to accept.”

Strickland’s decision marked the third time this year that the governor has granted clemency for inmates facing scheduled executions and the second time this year he has gone against the recommendation of the parole board.

“It’s within the governor’s prerogative. Although I disagree with the governor’s decision, he has the right to make it,” said Paul J. Gains, Mahoning County prosecutor.

Rob Lowe and Andrew King, attorneys from the public defender’s office who represented Cornwell, said clemency was the right decision.

“We’re pleased with the governor’s decision — not to take away from what happened,” Lowe said. “Sidney still is very remorseful for his actions and [is keeping] in mind Jessica’s family and their loss.”

The attorneys contacted Cornwell early Monday after the governor’s decision was announced. The inmate, who will be relocated from Death Row in the Ohio Penitentiary in Youngstown to another state prison, spent part of Sunday night making phone calls in the hours before his scheduled trip to Lucasville.

“He was very relieved,” Lowe said. “He was shocked.”

As part of the clemency process, public defenders argued that Cornwell grew up abused and suffered from an undiagnosed testosterone deficiency and genetic condition that played a role in his gang involvement and violent tendencies.

They also said Cornwell’s punishment was disproportionate to sentences handed out for other killings in Mahoning County, and that the jury did not have the option of giving him a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The majority of parole board members, in their clemency decision last month, said the circumstances of the case support death as the appropriate sentence.

Board chairwoman Cynthia Mausser offered the lone dissent in favor of clemency, noting that a diagnosis of a genetic disorder confirmed in Cornwell earlier this year may have affected whether the death sentence was issued.

“I cannot conclude that it would have made no difference to the outcome of the penalty phase, as it seems reasonably probable that a juror may have viewed Cornwell and the other mitigation evidence presented in a more positive light,” Mausser wrote. “This evidence is significant enough to question the reliability of the outcome of the penalty phase and conclude that the exercise of executive clemency is warranted.”

Strickland concurred.

“The fact is, there is a substantial possibility that had the jury or sentencing judge known about Mr. Cornwell’s disorder, one or more of them would have found that the death penalty was inappropriate in this case, just as one of the 6th Circuit judges did and as the Parole Board’s chair did. Because the trial jury and sentencing judge did not have information at the time of sentencing about Mr. Cornwell’s Klinefelter’s syndrome, I have concluded that it would be inappropriate to proceed with the death penalty in this case.

“There can be no doubt that Mr. Cornwell’s conduct still necessitates severe punishment,” Strickland said in his statement.

“Accordingly, I have decided to commute his sentence to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole.”


Comments

1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This liberal socialist namby pamby Dumbocrat governor deserved to lose the election. Why would you miss the opportunity to put away another gangsta who killed a 3 year old girl for God's sake? He deserved to die and Stricknine let him off. Don't let the governor's mansion door hit you in your arse on the way out in January Ted.

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2Tony1(53 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This is a tragedy,Strickland showed his true colors.He protects thugs,who kill innocent children.

Don't run for any more offices Ted,this put an end to any future offices.

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3blkpride(186 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Ted mist suffer from the same condition. No balls and small penis!

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4sewingnut(33 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

A three year old child is still dead......Cornwell gets three hots and a cot at our expense. Now that his "syndrome" has been diagnosed the taxpayers will probably have to foot the bill for his testosterone treatments too.

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5Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Strickland needs to go away, far away.

This useless animal kills a INNOCENT child, admits he did (5 feet, 20+ rounds), uses the Klinefelter syndrome (breasts and small testicles) excuse (1 in 1,000 have it and they don't KILL INNOCENT children), and I believe wouldn't have made no difference to the jurors, and this loser governor lets him keep living. Where is the justice, especially to the family of little Jessica. This is like a slap in there face.

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6woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I grew up with Sidney and I am surprised at this decision just as I was surprised when I heard he was involved in this crime. Life in prison is still a punishment it is not as if he is getting off scott free. The disease he has and the emotional problems and family issues he faced were very terrible growing up. Now this isnt and excuse for what he did and he deserves his punishment. The biggest problem he had was moving back to Youngstown and meeting the wrong crowd which incidently none of them received death for their role in this homicide. Lastly there are definitely others in this valley who killed children and only received life or less and that is something Strickland had to look at. What about the Crawford family? LaShanda Shaw and her unborn kid were murderd they only received life sentences.

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7GTX66(343 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Strickland has no balls and he is a coward. Killing a baby is deserving of the death penalty. The state of Texas would have executed this killer years ago.

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Sidney made a choice to gun down Jessica Ballew and her family . It would take plenty of hatred to shoot a little girl and look her in the eyes from three feet away . There is no closure and no justice in this case .

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9palbubba(664 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The only comfort that we have in this situation is that Ted will be gone soon. If we have any sense at all it will be FOREVER. I hope Ted doesn't wonder why he lost the election, it is dumb headed decisions by him that cost him the election, this is one of many. It's another added cost to a bankrupt state to keep this killer alive and well.

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10Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

woolyd

"Life in prison is still a punishment it is not as if he is getting off scott free."

No it's not. Hes still alive, enjoying life, be it in prison, and a innocent little child is dead and buried. What if that was your child? Would you be for his clemency? Some justice huh?

"The disease he has and the emotional problems and family issues he faced were very terrible growing up. Now this isnt and excuse for what he did and he deserves his punishment. "

Yes it is a excuse. How many people have problems growing up, and still don't kill innocent children? 20+ shots in a house when he knew it wasn't the place.

"Lastly there are definitely others in this valley who killed children and only received life or less and that is something Strickland had to look at."

It's a case by case issue, and I'm not familar with the other one, but this one, is clear cut, he admitted he gunned down a innocent child.

And Sidneys family celebrating.

"The news came just one day before Cornwell was set to die. His family could have been planning a funeral rather than celebrating."

So they get to celebrate and Jessica's family had to bury there innocent 3 year old child. Real fair, huh?

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11mzfeefee(22 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Why no one commenting on THIS mass murder and taxpayers having to house and feed him? Hmmm???
http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/nov/16...

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12TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The only logic I can draw from this entire set of facts is that Strickland must have owed Cynthia Mausser, the Parole Board Chairwoman, some sort of favor or benefit for prior support.
She was the only dissenting vote in a pretty clear case and he sided with that lone dissent in a seemingly inexplicable manner.

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13Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

mzfeefee

This sorry excuse of a animal deserves the death penalty, but you have to talk to the jurors about that and ask what were they thinking, where as Sidneys case the jurors gave him the death penalty and both should be on a slab of concrete.

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14Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

mzfeefee wants to make this a racial thing . So Lets ! Those who knew Sydney Cornwell know that he had no love for the white race . He didn't mind gunning down a white family who had done him no harm . The ironic part is the fact that a white governor spared his sorry arse from death .

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15Joe306tow(49 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Strickland, you are the Biggest Dirt-bag!

This Thug knew his target was not home, and decides to kill a child.

OK, time to let everyone in Ohio's Prison system know about this baby killer.

Time for some Prison Justice for Jessica!

Burn in Hell Cornwell and Strickland.

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16kfarley13(16 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Evidently Strickland's brain and penis are in the wrong positions!!!!! Sure glad he made his last death ruling.

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17HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

I'll guarantee that if this hearing would have taken place before the election, Ted would NOT have commuted the death sentence. He is showing his true colors now that the election is past. Another scummy Democrat who sides with whatever will get him reelected.

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18phinlover13(3 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Isn't this just a big CROCK???!!!!!!!! HOW RIDICULOUS!!!!!! What a waste of time and money on a jury,trials, etc. if the GOVERNOR will just over-rule the execution in the end??!!!

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19hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The complaining over this is ridiculous. I don't understand how making bloodthirsty comments about wanting to see someone perish makes you any better than the killer.

And let's look at other cases as well. The Michael Davis murders for example. He did not get the death sentence and one can argue that his crime was much worse than that of Cornwell's.

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The Michael Davis conviction as it was ajudicated stands . The Sidney Corwell conviction was reduced by Governor Strickland . Sidney earned being put to death by shooting a three year old girl . He was cheated of his destiny that he had earned . If death was good for Jessica it should have been good for Sydney .

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21hurrdurr(98 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Why ? because we dont MURDER!!!

Technically we all bare the burden of state execution, so indeed we are involved in murder.

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22fd6636(255 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This is why ypd is fed up, and burned out!!! do everything to the book, and this gov. thinks HE is judge and jury. a group of our peers, 12 to be exact, felt that this was fitting justice. not only did the family of this poor girl get screwed over, so did jessica, the ypd, the so called justice system and you the god fearing law abiding citizen who trys to live life right day by day. there is nothing anyone can say that will make me see otherwise. I remember that morning when i heard what had happened, and felt empty. felt like that way again this morning.

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23Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

It does matter what you think about what he did . You either believe in the the death penalty or not .

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24seminole(476 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The governor’s rationale for granting clemency is “based on the absolute minority of everybody who is now aware of this syndrome,” Judge Krichbaum noted. “Whether I agree or disagree, what he’s done is something that we all have to accept"....yep, it's based on minority and not of the syndrome. Absolute ignorance on Strickland's part, what a horses a--. Typical dem kissing tail of those that elected O and cowering in terror. Good thing his sorry excuse for a chief is out the door in a short while...

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25Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

? wow what a bunch of BS

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26Vicki(14 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

This is Bull S--t. I have 4 wonderful grandchildren, one of whom is 3. Ted Strickland should be hung in town along with this dirt bag. Cornwell's family can go visit him and see him smile as often as they want, what about that adorable little girl whose family will never see hers again thanks to him. I hope they take care of his baby killing ass in prison. I would love to go protest outside of Stricklands office with signs that he is a baby killer. WTF is wrong with this world? This was a little angel taken from earth because of some stupid syndrome that causes stupid symtoms, cmon. Next is it going to be ok to murder because you have a headache? This really po's me. Kill that idiot, NOW!

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27Hillary(43 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The article above states some very interesting points. The whole case is very sad but what everyone seems to overlook is critical. It is written within this article and is a comment from the defendent's attorney's.

"They also said Cornwell’s punishment was disproportionate to sentences handed out for other killings in Mahoning County, and that the jury did not have the option of giving him a life sentence without the possibility of parole."

Here is the real problem. If Gov. Strictland or any other person in authority had the gonads to state the real issue here, hell, we might get some where.

When are we going to admit that there is an imbalance within the Judicial system that often tips the scales when young, black, males are involved?

I am not condoning the shooting. This was an absolute terrible tragedy but this man does have remorse. He met with the victim's brother and asked for forgiveness. He is not free.--The article's headline is misleading. This man has lost his freedom. He did not get away with murder. Little Jessica cannot come back by executing him. What peace can be gained?

Real healing comes through forgiveness. Something Mr. Ballew had the courage to grant Mr. Cornwell.

Little Jessica is in Heaven far from this horror. The family can move on with peace in their heart as forgiveness is Christ-like. Nothing can be more healing.

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28Vicki(14 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Why should he be allowed to wake up everyday, eat 3 meals aday, see his family? He ended a life of a baby, she had no say so in this matter so why should anyone have a say so to let him live? He stopped her heart from beating, her blood from flowing and her family with no baby to watch grow up. He didn't care so why should we? HE SHOULD BE KILLED. Forgiveness is one thing, forgetting is another.

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29Vicki(14 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Why should he be allowed to wake up everyday, eat 3 meals aday, see his family? He ended a life of a baby, she had no say so in this matter so why should anyone have a say so to let him live? He stopped her heart from beating, her blood from flowing and her family with no baby to watch grow up. He didn't care so why should we? HE SHOULD BE KILLED

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30Hillary(43 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

2005: U.S. Supreme Court declares execution of juvenile murders unconstitutional: By the usual 5 to 4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute a juvenile killer -- i.e. a person convicted of murder who was under 18 years of age at the time of the offense.

The fact is that Mr. Cornwell appears to have been just over the age of 18 yrs.--He had a genetic disorder that he was born with.

Gov. Strictland actually ruled very ethically when you consider the ruling of the supreme court and the disorder.

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31BusDriver(46 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

That disorder had nothing to do what he did that day. He chose to be a gang banger and go collect on a drug deal, and chose to shoot that little girl. Listening to Mr.Verb yesterday who had the police officers who were at the scene and told Mr. Verb of all that was at the scene and how they will never forget what they saw that day, as Mr. Verb said Mr. Strickland should of talked to these officers and talk to Jessica's parents to make his decision. The execution wouldn't of brought that little girl back nor stop the parents from grieving for the rest of their lives, but true justice would of been served.

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32Vettecellar(1 comment)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Strickland you are an absolute disgrace to the Mahoning Valley. I supported you in the election and pray to God you never seek another seat for any political office as you are a pitiful person WHO I WOULD CAMPAIGN AGAINST FOR ANY OFFICE YOU SEEK. What could possibly have been a disorder other than small balls and man boobs that would have prevented this pig from having a FAIR AND IMPARTIAL trial which he did. Do you think either of the above issues would have even been an issue with a jury???. The trouble with the justice system today is that it is been revamped, to protect the criminal, as you did here. I hope this sticks with you for the rest of your life. Every time you hug your grandchild think of the little girl that you set her killer free. We are now the ones who have to keep this animal because of your ball less actions. YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE DISGRACE TO THIS COMMUNITY AND THE STATE OF OHIO !!!!!!!!!!

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33woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

What Sidney did was tragic and very wrong and he is being punished. Im sure his family isnt celebrating at all. Maybe those of you here need to understand the rules in the criminal justice system. Stop blaming Ted you need to blame Prosecutor Gains. The fact is that during the trial he and Sidneys defense team was inept in the fact they diddnt find this illness or disease and diddnt properly disclose it to the jury to consider before sentencing. The jury may well have still sentenced him to death for this crime. The problem is in the Prosecution who failed to dot all their I's and cross their T's while handling a death row case. The simple fact remains that this oversight by them allowed the Chairperson and the Governor to see that not all information for sentencing was givien and these missing facts may have lead to a life sentece being imposed. I understand and wants all vicious killers to be executed but the bottomline in this case is the Prosecution witheld information vital in sentencing. There were also other perpetrators in this crime thahad prior criminal records and they were allowed to spare their lives if they all testified against Sidney. The other point made by the defense was that there were other crimes either far more heinous or more victims and death was not the sentence. Lastly there were and have since been cases in the valley were race was a factor in whether death was the sentence imposed. Now I must say I feel for the Ballew family and may Jessica Rest In Peace.

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34almostthere(8 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

woolyd, I am no fan of Gains but he was not the Prosecutor in this case. Philomena was the prosecutor at the time. see below website for full clemency report.

http://ohiodeathrow.blogspot.com/2009...

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35Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

hurrdurr

"Technically we all bare the burden of state execution, so indeed we are involved in murder."

We are? I rather see that piece of scum 6 feet under then enjoying the rest of his life which he never gave Jessica that choice. How would you feel if that was your daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, etc? How would you feel to bury your child? And don't even give me that BS you would forgive, because you would be lieing.

hillary

"This was an absolute terrible tragedy but this man does have remorse."

Why, because he got caught? You think he would have remorse if he killed the drug dealer and got away with it? Highly doubt it. He KILLED a INNOCENT child for NO REASON.

"Real healing comes through forgiveness. Something Mr. Ballew had the courage to grant Mr. Cornwell."

As for their feeling towards Cornwell himself, the Ballew family met with him several weeks back and actually forgave him.
Well I would venture to say, because they thought he was going to be put to death!

Seems like the family is quite upset, which they should be.

<<<Family of slain girl angry at Strickland for sparing life of her killer>>>>
http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/nov/15...

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

woolyd

""Im sure his family isnt celebrating at all.""

His family could have been planning a funeral rather than celebrating.

http://www.wkbn.com/mostpopular/story...

"There were also other perpetrators in this crime thahad prior criminal records and they were allowed to spare their lives if they all testified against Sidney."

Who pulled the trigger on the INNOCENT 3 year old?

"The other point made by the defense was that there were other crimes either far more heinous or more victims and death was not the sentence."

And what exactly is the point of that? It's case by case, not because they did this and that and who got what and who didn't....each case is unique, no two are the same, weak argument....

"Lastly there were and have since been cases in the valley were race was a factor in whether death was the sentence imposed. "

Don't even go there.......

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36Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

The Sidney saga is far from being over . Look for more PR showing him as the victim with full release the ultimate goal . We must be more selective of our leaders to prevent another distorted thinker like Strickland being elected .

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37Hillary(43 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

True justice is balanced. It provides the same consequences for one person as it does for another. The law remains the same with true justice. There are no left out words, no missing sentencing guidelines that can lead a jury to make a decision based on premeditated outcomes that Prosecutors get away with because a case is permeated with public interest at hand.

It does not provide harsher punishment to a person because people just as guilty are given plea bargains. True justice is the outcome of honest prosecutors and judges that understand and respect EVERY single individual has the right to a fair trial.

God Bless the Ballew family for having the courage to forgive. Now the have to have the courage to understand Mr. Cornwell's death will not change their loss. Only they can do this and they have already taken the steps by forgiving. Even if it was only a spoken word, it was courageous. Let these people move on and heal.

Finally, while so many judges and prosecutors in the area see so much damage that gang-related crimes have caused. What can they do to really help the area? Keep giving plea bargains? Death sentences? Imbalanced sentencing?

Can anyone in the area take the step to go to the schools, to integrate with these troubled youths, to talk to their teachers, their principles, their families? Can we try to get to the heart of the problem? Can we promote with funding "group homes" (formerly orphanages) for these young people who often lack parental guidance? Would it save us money in the long-run? Can we get people so enthused to help the disadvantaged before they hurt another innocent life and ruin their own?

Or do we just pretend prisons are the answer?

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38woolyd(579 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes almost you are right about who was Prosecutor. Im just saying that they overlooked his condition which you cannot do particularly in a death row case. The fact that the jury diddnt have the ability to give a life sentence was also another error in the prosecution of this case. I as a person who grew up with him fully expected him to be executed however after reviewing all the court decisions and understanding law i knew there were errors which may have lead to clemency. Lastly isnt it better to have a Governor that looks into this then one who just pulls the plug on a life without knowing the facts? I myself may not agree with the decision but i will never blame a Governor who analyzes and understands the decision he has to make.

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39sickntired(13 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

THE JUSTICE ISNT BALANCED AND IF YOU BELIEVE THAT THEN YOU ARE TRULY BLIND

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40sickntired(13 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Only in youngstown you get the death penalty as being black for accidentally killing a child but you can be white throw down liter fluid block the door kill 4 black children and two adults and get a slap on the wrist for having a mental problem. The key word is INTENT here, that black boy made a mistake and my heart goes out to the childs family but he did not intend to kill the child. He is in prison for life and have to live with this horrific crime replaying in his mind. If it were black on black it wouldn't be such a big out cry.

I think the laws of sentencing is bias in ohio and that the newpaper itself is racist in its reporting the FACTS to the entire situation. If you are going to post a story go into court records,investigate and find out. Just because this is a black on white crime they just needed to hang someone and their negect to do things right will make past and future cases be challenged for not disclosing or allowing proper information to be presented. Learn the cases and all the stuff that goes along with it.

Did the white men who burned and killed the black real estate agent get the death penalty and why? Like I said there is bias in sentencing and preparation in caases and charges by OUR prosecutors who are WHITE people.

AGAIN BALLEW FAMILY I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOST AND GOD WILL DEFINATELY REWARD YOU FOR FORGIVING THAT MAN. GOD DOES DO THINGS WE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND BUT Lay ALL YOUR BURDENS AT HIS FEET.

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41Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

sickntired :

"he did not intend to kill the child."

He gunned down four white people and killed one . So you see no intent ? Sidney was cheated out of a golden opportunity to redeem himslf when Governor Strickland commuted his death sentence .

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42Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

sickntired

Stifle it. Your racist rant is so old and boring and don't you get tired of the same ole same ole. Blame the white man. Always, huh? Blame the jurors not the white man. Every case is different (bet you hard that before) It has to be so tiring blaming everyone but the person responsible for the crime they committed.
Try to be a little more inventive with your racist remarks. Yawn!
Enjoy life for a change instead of hating.

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43Hillary(43 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Lifes2short,

I am white and I agree with sickntired. We have to be honest in order to move forward. There is an imbalance.

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44Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hillary :

"There is an imbalance. "

You are so right ! Sidney's victims didn't shoot back !

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45Traveler(606 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

@ Hillary
I total agree there is a great imbalance. Their is a terrible injustice going on thousands of killers. Both black and white aren't being quickly executed for their crimes. I urge you to write your senators about this. Only the public demanding for the government to stop housing these animals. To call in a veterinary to put them down will this injustice be righted.

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46Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Hillary

Agree about what? Blaming the white man? Because of what a jury sentenced someone? Thats the fault of the white man? You ever wonder about the black racists running amuck nowadays? And that is okay? That could go both ways.
Once again, I don't care if your white,black,yellow,pink,blue,orange,silver, etc, someone who KILLS another INNOCENT human being deserves the death penatly. No black or white or any color of the rainbow about it.

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47kk80586(227 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

hurrdurr--time to break out the dictionary.... "murder" is a legal term basically meaning "unlawful killing". Putting scum to death is NOT "unlawful killing", it IS "lawful killing". There IS a difference whether you can grasp it or not. Therefore, we are NOT all involved in "murder".

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