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Death Row Exoneree Joe D’Ambrosio to Speak at UC Law

Joe D’Ambrosio, an Ohio death row exoneree, will speak at the College of Law on Friday, January 25, 2013, about his experiences his over 20-year ordeal. The event will be held at 12:10 p.m. in Room 114.

D’Ambrosio was arrested on September 26, 1988 for the stabbing murder of Tony Klann, whose body was found floating in Doan Brook in Cleveland’s Rockefeller Park.   Convicted, he was sentenced to death on February 23, 1989. Throughout his imprisonment, however, he maintained his innocence.  Over the years numerous attorneys joined in his fight for justice.  They discovered that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office had withheld 10 pieces of evidence at trial. The case was dismissed, and two federal courts have barred a retrial. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the state’s appeal against him.

D’Ambrosio is the sixth person on Ohio’s death row to be set free and the 140th inmate on death rows across the country to be exonerated.   His story of perseverance is one you won’t want to miss.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio Innocence Project and Exonerate.

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