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Ohio inmate freed in 1988 murder sues prosecutors

Published: Wed, April 2, 2014 @ 1:11 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man freed after spending 20 years in prison for a murder his attorneys say he didn’t commit is now suing those responsible for his conviction.

In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed Monday, Glenn Tinney accuses Richland County and its prosecutors of taking advantage of his well-documented mental illness, railroading him into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit and withholding evidence of his innocence.

Prosecutor James Mayer and county commissioners didn’t immediately respond to messages today.

Tinney pleaded guilty to the August 1988 beating death of Ted White in Mansfield in northern Ohio.

After the Cincinnati-based Ohio Innocence Project began helping Tinney, a Richland County judge ordered his release from prison, saying his confession didn’t support a murder conviction and in fact, suggested that he’s not guilty.


1rex(62 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not quite sure 20 years in prison qualifies as an "easy buck" - Or could it be an attorney sees an easy buck representing him?

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2gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

If you read the background on most of these cases they have a lot similarities. Their lawyers lay in wait until prosecutors have retired or dies, same with the investigating officers evidence is lost. Then they run into court push for a retrial and there is no one left to object. Then they declare their client as an innocent man unjustly imprisoned. They get out and get settlements of which the lawyer gets a cut.

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