GOVERNOR TAFT STATEMENT ON JOHN SPIRKO REHEARING

Governor Taft today issued the following statement regarding the Ohio Parole Board rehearing John Spirko clemency case.

"Based on the Ohio Parole Boards request, I have issued a warrant of reprieve for inmate John Spirko, delaying his execution date to November 15, 2005. "I support the Parole Boards decision to accept the proposal from both the Attorney General and counsel for inmate Spirko to rehear Mr. Spirkos case and reconsider its recommendation."