Ohio Supreme Court Won't Reopen Anthony Sowell Appeal >Ohio Supreme Court won't reopen Anthony Sowell appeal Updated February 14, 2018 at 10:50 AM; Posted February 14, 2018 at 10:45 AM The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that it will not re-open mass murderer Anthony Sowell's appeal of his 2011 conviction and death sentence.(Plain Dealer file photo) By Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com [email protected] CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by condemned Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell to reopen his appeal of his 2011 conviction and death sentence. The move is the latest procedural step as Sowell moves closer to being executed for killing 11 women and hiding their bodies in his home on Cleveland's East Side. The bodies were discovered in 2009. Sowell is currently on death row at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution. His execution date has not been set. Wednesday's decision by the state's high court came after Sowell's lawyers in May filed an application asking the court to take a second look at the direct appeal of his conviction. The application argued that Sowell's lawyers were ineffective during his first appeal, which was denied. Sowell's lawyers, who are in the State public defender's office, did not raise the issue of a 2012 United States Supreme Court ruling that found Florida's process for imposing the death penalty -- in which a jury makes a recommendation to a judge, who has the final say -- is unconstitutional, the application said. "Frankly, we blew it," the lawyers told the court during oral argument. But Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley's office said that the Florida ruling does not apply to Ohio's process, which is similar to Florida's but has one major difference. In Ohio, judges can either accept the jury's recommendation or drop a death recommendation to life in prison. Judges here cannot impose death if a jury recommends life in prison. The Supreme Court tossed Florida's process because a judge imposed death when a jury recommended life. Sowell's application also asked the court to reconsider its December 2016 decision that, although Common Pleas Court Judge Dick Ambrose did not properly document his findings to justify closing to the public a hearing on whether certain evidence should be allowed to be submitted at trial, that error did not warrant a new trial. Ohio's Supreme Court justices rejected that argument. To comment on this story, please visit Wednesday's crime and courts comments page.