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Though Kevin George Poe, 25, originally faced a maximum of 15 years in federal prison, he will now likely avoid incarceration.Simmons DDoS Plea
Though Kevin George Poe, 25, originally faced a maximum of 15 years in federal prison, he will likely avoid incarceration due to a sweet misdemeanor deal.Simmons DDoS Plea
Even after a judge exonerates a wrongfully convicted person on the basis of DNA and other evidence, Ohio prosecutors often appeal the ruling, which sparks concern about their commitment to justice.
That's exactly what happened in the case of Douglas Prade, who was declared innocent by a judge and freed last week, and Joseph D'Ambrosio, who was also wrongfully convicted and freed from death row, reported the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Whatever the reason for appeal, the process can delay or prevent the exonerated from receiving compensation. It's too soon to know how the appeal in Prade's case will turn out, and D'Ambrosio has been battling appeals since a federal judge overturned his conviction in 2006, ruling that prosecutors withheld evidence that might have exonerated him at 1989 trial. Four years later, the presiding judge barred prosecutors from trying him again because they failed to disclose the death of a key witness, reported the Plain Dealer.
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Five years after the Columbus Post-Dispatch published its award-winning series "Test of Convictions," the paper caught up with five men who have been cleared through DNA testing since its publication. Through a collaboration with the Ohio Innocence Project, the series led to the DNA exonerations of four men: Robert McClendon, Raymond Towler, Joseph Fears and David Ayers. A fifth man, Douglas Prade, was freed just last week after DNA testing excluded him in the murder of his ex-wife. The District Attorneys' Office plans to appeal.
"Test of Convictions" uncovered Ohio's flawed evidence-retention system and the state's resistance to post-conviction DNA testing. The series also highlighted the need for DNA testing in the cases of 30 inmates. Of the 30, five were cleared through DNA, four were implicated, seven were denied testing, ten got inconclusive results and the remaining cases are still ongoing.
Just after Prade's release last week, the five exonerees met and shared their common experiences for the first time. The Dispatch Reports:
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