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U.S. Supreme Court Orders Federal Court to Reconsider Ohio Death Penalty Ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider a ruling that granted an Ohio death row inmate a new trial. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown reports.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

The ruling is bad news for Youngstown native John Drummond. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for a 2003 drive-by shooting that killed a three-month-old boy. A federal court later granted Drummond a new trial after agreeing his right to a public trial was violated.

The trial judge had barred nearly everyone from the courtroom after a witness and potential juror said they felt threatened by some courtroom spectators. The latest Supreme Court ruling orders the court to reconsider that ruling. It comes at the urging of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.