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Doug Prade Exonerated, Walked Free After 15 Years Thanks to Work of OIP


On January 29, 2013 former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade—and a longtime OIP client—was exonerated. He walked free after 15 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife.  DNA testing conducted by the OIP, along with additional extensive investigation over the course of a decade, proved his innocence.  Prade is the 16th person freed through the work of the OIP.

Carrie Wood was the OIP staff attorney who handled the case. Wrote Professor Mark Godsey, director of the OIP, in an email about the case, “[she] knocked it out of the park.  Carrie's dedication and talent are an inspiration to her students and clients alike, and we are lucky to have her at this law school.”  OIP was assisted by representatives from the Cleveland law firm of Jones Day as co-counsel.

Over the course of many years numerous students assisted on the case. Some are now public defenders, federal prosecutors, local prosecutors in Cincinnati, Wall Street attorneys, big firm attorneys in Cincinnati, and in-house counsel at Proctor and Gamble, to name a few.  Some of them are seasoned and very successful attorneys now, who got their first taste of the law with the OIP.  All of them played a major role in freeing Douglas Prade and keeping his hopes alive for the past decade. Most recently, 3L Jimmy Harrison, 3L Levi Daly, 2L Thomas Styslinger, and 2L Scott Leaman carried the torch for Douglas.

Media Reports on Prade Case