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How The Ohio Innocence Project Works To Exonerate Those Wrongfully Convicted

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Ru-El Sailor walks out of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse with his family after spending 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

A Cleveland man who served 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was recently exonerated. His case marked the 26th wrongful conviction overturned with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Ru-El Sailor was convicted of aggravated murder in the 2002 shooting death of Omar Clark. As Sailor's defense lawyer, Kimberly Kendall Corral, and UC Law Assistant Professor Jennifer Bergeron explained, there was no DNA evidence and the case relied heavily on witness testimony. In March of 2018, Sailor was ordered released from prison.

Joining "Cincinnati Edition" to discuss Ru-El Sailor's exoneration and the Ohio Innocence Project are UC College of Law Assistant Professor of Clinical Law Jennifer Bergeron; and Dean Gillispie, who was also exonerated by the Ohio Innocence Project for a wrongful conviction.

Tune in to "Cincinnati Edition" May 16 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.