July 28, 2014

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Ohio governor to meet victim’s family after sparing killer from death

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s governor has agreed to a rare meeting with the family of a murder victim whose condemned killer the governor spared from execution.

Gov. John Kasich granted clemency to Ronald Post last year on the grounds that he had poor legal representation.

Kasich said at the time that all criminal defendants deserve an adequate defense, while saying the decision shouldn’t be viewed as diminishing the heinousness of Post’s crime.

Kasich’s decision was unrelated to Post’s better-known argument, that he was too fat to be executed humanely.

The Morning Journal of Lorain reported Friday that Michael Vantz, the oldest son of fatal robbery victim Helen Vantz, hopes to meet with Kasich next month.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said he was unaware of a similar meeting in the past.