Gov. John Kasich last week denied a
request for clemency from Mark Wayne Wiles, who was convicted in 1986 of
the murder of a 15-year-old boy in northeastern Ohio. Wiles was scheduled to be executed April
18, the day this issue is published, at the Southern Ohio Correctional
Facility in Lucasville.
Rarely do foreign journalists’ brutal
criticism of American actions or policies get space or time in our
mainstream news media. That’s too bad. What passes for comment and
debate here is a pretty constipated exercise.
There are several Ohio families whose military daughters died from “non-combat” circumstances, and their tragedy was amplified when the military tried to tarnish the victim’s reputation and even blame the victim for her own death.
If you witness a killing when you’re a child, it’s bound to affect your reflexes. By age 27, if you hear a shooting and encounter a body lying facedown in front of an apartment building at midnight, you’re unlikely to stay and watch.