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Cordray makes case against clemency for Getsy

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is urging Governor Ted Strickland not to grant clemency to convicted killer Jason Getsy.

Trumbull County prosecutor Dennis Watkins received a five-page opinion from Cordray, detailing the reasons he believes Getsy should not be granted clemency.

In the report, Cordray wrote that the Ohio parole board's conclusion that Getsy's sentence should be commuted to reflect the sentence given to his accomplice is not legally sound.

"Just because a case involves multiple defendants does not mean that all of them are equally culpable on the facts," the report states.

Cordray wrote that the case against Getsy was stronger than the one against accomplice John Santine, noting that Getsy confessed to being the shooter.

"The purpose of executive clemency is to grant mercy where it is warranted, and to correct injustices that cannot be or are not corrected by the judicial branch," Cordray wrote.

Cordray said Getsy was not subject to an injustice.

"Getsy's request for clemency should be evaluated based on his own culpability, and not based on what evidence was available to be presented or how it may have been interpreted in a co-defendant's case," the report said.

Getsy is scheduled to be executed August 18, unless Strickland grants clemency.

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