Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Cleveland Plain Dealer's has this article on Romell Broom's bid to have his death sentence commuted to life in prison. Broom's lawyers say their client did not receive a fair trial when he was charged with the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of a 14 year old girl back in the 1980s. More particularly, they claim Cleveland police withheld evidence that may have had an impact on the outcome of the trial. Much of this information relates to drug and alcohol use by the victims and the victim's level of sexual activity. The Plain Dealer reports Broom had actually served time for raping a 12-year-old girl. The parole board will make a recommendation to Gov. Ted Strickland next Friday.