Court: Ex-Ohio death row inmate can't pursue suit

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 3:35 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court says a man who was freed from prison after spending 21 years on Ohio's death row because of a botched prosecution can't pursue his lawsuit against the county prosecutor's office.

A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that Joe D'Ambrosio's lawsuit amounts to a failed attempt to hold Cuyahoga County accountable for the actions of individual prosecutors. The court said the lawsuit failed to establish that their actions were part of a larger pattern of corruption.

D'Ambrosio was imprisoned on a murder conviction in the 1988 death of a 19-year-old man. He was released in 2010 when a federal judge ruled prosecutors failed to provide evidence that could have exonerated him.

His lawyer said Thursday they would likely appeal.

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