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Ohio inmate freed in 1988 murder sues prosecutors
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:04

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio man freed after spending 20 years in prison for a murder that his attorneys say he didn't commit has sued those responsible for his conviction, accusing them of taking advantage of his mental illness and railroading him into confessing.

The civil rights lawsuit, filed in federal court in Cleveland on Monday, says that Richland County Prosecutor James Mayer and his employees violated Tinney's constitutional rights by exploiting his well-documented and severe mental illness, and used coercion and bribery to secure his confession.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, also accused the county of implementing a de facto policy of pursuing wrongful convictions "through profoundly flawed investigations and coerced evidence."

"This case is extremely troubling because the people who were supposed to protect Mr. Tinney exploited his vulnerability and caused him to confess to a crime that they knew he couldn't have committed," one of Tinney's attorneys, Samantha Liskow, said Wednesday.

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Report criticizes Ohio death penalty selectiveness
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report by an anti-death penalty group criticizes the selectiveness of Ohio's capital punishment law, saying death sentences owe as much to an individual prosecutor's philosophy as the nature of the crime.

The analysis by Ohioans to Stop Executions says Cuyahoga County, with the most capital indictments in the state, once charged numerous individuals with death penalty counts each year but now charges very few.

The report released Wednesday notes a similar trend in Franklin County, while pointing out that Hamilton County indicts few individuals but has a high death-sentence rate because it won't accept plea bargains in capital cases.

The report also highlights the role of race, noting that two of every three Ohio death sentences since 1981 involved the killing of a white victim.


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Ohio among tops for seized meth labs
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:59

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new report ranks Ohio among the top states for seized methamphetamine labs last year.

Ohio ranked fourth in the country in 2013 as authorities uncovered 1,010 labs, chemicals and glassware used in the drug's cooking process. Indiana topped the national last year, followed by Tennessee and Missouri.

The report was done by the Missouri Highway Patrol, based on numbers from the National Clandestine Laboratory Seizure System, a database run by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/OddXZl ) reported the results Wednesday. Ohio moved up from seventh in the rankings in 2012.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation tracks meth lab seizures by federal fiscal year. The state's police officers report voluntarily, so there are likely more than the statistics reflect.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Ohio House weighs bill allowing firearms silencers
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:52

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hunters could use silencers on their guns while hunting certain game under a proposal before the Ohio House.

Representatives are scheduled to vote on the measure Wednesday afternoon. The Senate must still consider the bill.

A House committee passed the bill last month with bipartisan support after lawmakers examined the devices and listened to silenced and unsilenced weapons.

The bill would allow licensed Ohio hunters to use the silencers while hunting certain birds and other wild game, including squirrels, rabbits and deer. Only those authorized under state and federal laws could use the suppressor, which must be properly registered.

Backers of suppressors say they protect hunters' hearing, make field commands easier to hear and reduce disruptions to neighbors. Opponents say quieter weapons are less safe and easier to use illegally.


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73-year-old Indiana man helps neighbors from burning house
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 06:26

KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 73-year-old neighbor helped rescue family members as they jumped from a roof of their burning home in a small northwestern Indiana town.

Jesse Vernon says he was taking out some trash when he saw flames coming from the house in the Newton County town of Kentland.

Vernon tells the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1krB7G6 ) he ran over and saw the family members on their porch roof yelling for help. He told them to jump and he helped catch the two adults and three children.

The fire burned into early Tuesday, leveling much of the two-story house in the town about 40 miles northwest of Lafayette.

Kentland assistant fire chief Matt Wittenborn says the blaze spread quickly through the older house.

The family members suffered minor injuries.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com


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