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Streib conducts presentation about his book,"The Fairer Death: Executing Women in Ohio"

Jan 9, 2007

Victor L. Streib, Ohio Northern University professor of law, is discussing his latest book "The Fairer Death: Executing Women in Ohio" in the ONU Pettit College of Law moot court room (129) at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event, co-sponsored by ONU's Criminal Law Society and the Legal Association of Women, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the presentation.

"The Fairer Death: Executing Women in Ohio" explores Ohio's experience with the death penalty for women and what that experience reveals about the death penalty for women throughout the nation. National reviewers have characterized Streib's new book as a "magnificent work" with "richly detailed" and "vivid portraits" of these condemned Ohio women.

Streib carefully describes the cases of all four women executed by the State of Ohio since its founding and the cases of all 11 women sentenced to death in Ohio during the current death penalty era (1973-present). Streib's analysis of two centuries of Ohio's use of the death penalty reveals no clear intent to exclude women but nonetheless an obvious sex bias in operation. He focuses specifically on Ohio with the underlying premise that Ohio is, in many ways, a typical death penalty state. The book provides insight into the national experience, provoking questions about the rationale for the death penalty and the many disparities in its administration.

Streib has been at ONU since 1996 and is author of more than 300 books, chapters, articles and papers during his academic career. His research has been cited 28 times in opinions of the United States Supreme Court. He has served as a prosecuting attorney and a defense attorney, and he has represented juveniles and women convicted of murder before the United States Supreme Court and several state supreme courts. He also has testified before committees of the United States Congress and seven state legislatures on these issues.

The ONU Bookstore will have copies of Streib's book available at the event for $24.95 plus tax.

In conjunction with Streib's presentation on women and the death penalty, the Legal Association of Women will show the movie, "Monster," on Wednesday, January 17 at 11 a.m. in the Moot Court Room.

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