State of Ohio v. Maurice Mason, Case No. 2017-0200
Third District Court of Appeals (Marion County)
- Did the U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 Hurst v. Florida decision invalidate Ohio's death penalty sentencing process?
- Is Ohio's death penalty sentencing process similar to Florida's, which was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court because it violated a defendant's Sixth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution?
- Is Ohio's death penalty sentencing process constitutional because a jury makes all the findings necessary to make a guilty defendant eligible for a the death penalty, leaving a trial judge only in the position to decide to apply the death penalty?
- Is the Ohio Supreme Court's 2016 ruling in State v. Belton - that Hurst does not impact Ohio's sentencing scheme - applicable to defendants who were tried by a jury and sentenced to death?