Entries tagged with “Joe D'Ambrosio

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Mar 04, 2010

After 20 Years, Ohio Death Row Inmate May Be Exonerated

On March 3, a fed­er­al District Court barred the re-pros­e­cu­tion of for­mer Ohio death row inmate Joe D’Ambrosio (pic­tured) for the mur­der of Tony Klann over 22 years ago. The court had ruled in 2006 that state pros­e­cu­tors improp­er­ly with­held evi­dence about their star wit­ness that could have exon­er­at­ed D’Ambrosio at his 1989 tri­al. That rul­ing led to D’Ambrosio’s con­vic­tion and death sen­tence being vacat­ed, and he was even­tu­al­ly released on bond pend­ing a pos­si­ble retri­al. But the state delayed repros­e­cut­ing him and did not tell the court that its…

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Innocence

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Sep 28, 2021

Death-Row Exonerees in Ohio, Oklahoma Receive Million Dollar Payments for Their Wrongful Convictions

Two men exon­er­at­ed from death row, one in Ohio and one in Oklahoma, have received mil­lion ‑dol­lar pay­outs for their wrong­ful con­vic­tions and death sen­tences. Both were tried and con­vict­ed in coun­ties with long his­to­ries of pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al mis­con­duct and high rates of wrong­ful cap­i­tal con­vic­tions. The com­pen­sa­tion comes more than a decade after each was released from incarceration.

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Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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Sep 10, 2020

Eight Years After Exoneration, Court Declares Joe D’Ambrosio Wrongfully Imprisoned’

Eight years after his exon­er­a­tion from death row, an Ohio tri­al court judge has declared that Joe D’Ambrosio (pic­tured) was wrong­ful­ly impris­oned.” The August 31, 2020 rul­ing by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Russo moves D’Ambrosio one step clos­er to receiv­ing com­pen­sa­tion for the more than two decades he spent on death row as a result of pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al misconduct.

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Innocence

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Recent Legislative Activity

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Feb 23, 2021

Ohio Legislators Launch Bipartisan Effort to Repeal State’s Death Penalty

A bipar­ti­san group of leg­is­la­tors has announced the intro­duc­tion of a bill to repeal Ohio’s death penal­ty. In a vir­tu­al press con­fer­ence on February 18, 2021, four Republican and four Democratic leg­is­la­tors spoke about the lat­est effort to end cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the Buckeye State.

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Innocence

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Prosecutorial Accountability

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Apr 06, 2020

Outlier Counties: Melvin Bonnell Seeks New Trial After Defense Discovers Evidence That Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Had Withheld for Decades

Ohio death-row pris­on­er Melvin Bonnell (pic­tured) has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to vacate his con­vic­tion and death sen­tence after his lawyers dis­cov­ered phys­i­cal evi­dence from his case that Cuyahoga County pros­e­cu­tors had repeat­ed­ly insist­ed since the mid-1990s had been lost or destroyed.