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Ohio Adult Parole Authority v. Woodard

Significance

With this ruling, the Supreme Court allowed the states more freedom in deciding when and how they grant pardons to convicted death row inmates. In reaching the conclusion that an inmate's Fourteenth and Fifth Amendment rights were not violated by Ohio's clemency procedures, the Court sharply restricted the role of the judiciary in clemency issues. The justices were divided over exactly how much constitutional protection states must include in their clemency practices, but upheld Ohio's existing procedures.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1995 to PresentOhio Adult Parole Authority v. Woodard - Significance, Background, A Protected Life Interest On Death Row, Safeguarding Against Irresponsible Clemency, Impact