- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Senate committee has approved a bill limiting the ability of condemned killers to gather post-trial evidence in death penalty cases.

The bill passed by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday would allow judges to deny requests for evidence gathering if it would annoy, embarrass or unduly burden the person from whom the evidence is sought.

Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati says the bill is an improvement over existing law that leaves the decision to allow post-trial evidence gathering up to judges.

Kari Underwood of the Ohio Public Defender’s Office says such evidence limits are inappropriate in death penalty cases.

The bill also lifts page limits on petitions for inmates’ post-trial challenges or in their appeals if those challenges are denied.

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