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Monday, October 31, 2005

Ohio: Attorney General Sides with Innocence Project, Against Local DA

CrimProf Blogger and Cincinnati CrimProf Mark Godsey's representation of an innocence project client has lead to a remarkable stand-off between the Ohio Attorney General and a local prosecutor.  Godsey and his students represent Clarence Elkins, who was convicted of raping and murdering an elderly woman and raping her six-year old grandaughter.  Elkins was convicted based solely on the testimony of the surviving six-year old, who has since recanted.  DNA evidence found on the girl's panties and the grandmother's vaginal swab does not match Elkins, but both samples match a convicted sex offender who resembles Elkins and lived in the neighborhood where the crime occurred.  In spite of this evidence, the local DA insists that the conviction is solid.  The Attorney General disagrees, and sent this letter stating that he intends to appear in the state habeas hearing supporting the defendant's release.  Jana Deloach of Akron and Howard Nichols and Pierre Bergeron of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey also represent Elkins with Godsey and his students.  Visit freeclarence.com here.  [Jack Chin]

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