Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ohio: Head Start Molestation Case

The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will will not oppose efforts to obtain a commutation of sentence for Nancy Smith - charged in a controversial Head Start child molestation case.  On the other hand, he will not support any effort to obtain a full pardon. Both Smith and her co-defendant, maintain their innocence, though Smith was sentenced to 30 to 90 years in prison.

Smith was freed because of a technical flaw in the court orders sentencing her when a county Common Pleas Judge acquitted her. The judge said, “I have absolutely no confidence that these verdicts are correct.” But the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the judge had overstepped his authority.

The Chronicle-Telegram reports Smith’s attorneys asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich for clemency earlier this year, "pointing to flaws in the police investigation and statements from co-workers who insist Smith couldn’t have committed the crimes she was convicted of." See full story here.

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