A wrongfully imprisoned Cleveland man was released last month after spending 15 years in the Ohio State Penitentiary.
In 2003, Ru-El Sailor was convicted of murder for the death of Omar Clark. With help from the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) — a nonprofit clinic at the University of Cincinnati — Sailor’s conviction was overturned March 28. He was released from jail that evening.
UC law students assist in day-to-day operations for the OIP. Under the supervision of attorneys, students work in pairs to investigate criminal convictions where they believe innocence may be proven.
“Usually, the inmates will write in to us,” said OIP attorney Jennifer Bergeron. “They have an application that starts the process, and then there’s some sort of initial screening that goes on … If they get past that, then it will get assigned to a group.”
Third-year law student and former OIP fellow Andrew Radin claims that Sailor’s innocence was apparent within the first two days of working on the case. From then on, Radin and his teammate sought to prove it.
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