, 2022-09-18 04:53:18,
Since 1989, Ohio has seen 85 exonerations, prisoners found wrongly convicted of crimes. That number comes from the National Registry of Exonerations. It is one of many helpful figures and insights contained in a 162-page report issued last month by the Task Force on Conviction Integrity and Postconviction Review, initiated by the Ohio Supreme Court.
The task force reflects the efforts of Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to elevate the performance of the justice system, from the handling of bail to the conduct of the death penalty. Justice Michael Donnelly, a task force member, long has advocated improvements to protect against wrongful convictions.
The report cites a statistical analysis indicating 4% of death penalty cases likely end in such an error. That translates to five prisoners today who likely do not belong on death row. One surely is Tyrone Noling, convicted nearly three decades ago of killing Cora and Bearnhardt Hartig in Atwater Township.
Noling and his attorneys, led by the Ohio Innocence Project, have been pursuing avenues to get the justice system to recognize its colossal mistake. The recommendations of the task force would make the system more receptive.
For now, Noling waits as Judge Becky Doherty of the Portage County Common Pleas Court weighs an order from the 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals to grant Noling’s attorneys access to the prosecution case file. There is a real concern that prosecutors, going way back to the trial, failed to share evidence…
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