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Judge Wants Execution Televised

November 25, 1994

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A judge who imposed the death penalty on a man convicted of two murders wants the execution televised.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Calabrese Jr. said Wednesday the public execution of Tyson Dixon would show that ″swift and certain punishment″ awaits criminals.

Calabrese said he could not order the media to cover the execution, but could make sure it is open to cameras.

Other attempts to televise executions have failed.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected without comment requests from North Carolina death row inmate David Lawson and Phil Donahue to videotape Lawson’s execution. A federal appeals court had previously turned down the talk show host. Lawson was executed June 15.

Calabrese ordered Dixon, 22, to die on Feb. 24, 1995 - the first anniversary of the murders of Goodwill Industries executive Joyce Woolley and alleged drug dealer Marice LeFlore.

A jury recommended Nov. 19 that Dixon die for Ms. Woolley’s murder and receive life in prison for LeFlore’s killing. Dixon had been convicted of killing Ms. Woolley and LeFlore in a robbery.

The judge said Dixon’s execution could be morally instructive and that ″since we have everything else on TV, let this be shown so the public can see there is swift and certain punishment.″

Ohio law allows media representatives to attend, but there is no provision for cameras. The state has not executed anyone since 1963. The Legislature reinstated the death penalty in 1981; more than 130 inmates are on death row.

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