Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted

Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted

There are 39 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Jan 13, 2011, titled Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Jim and Nancy Petro hope to change assumptions about the justice system. DispatchPolitics In a new book that underscores his stunning change of heart, former Republican Attorney General Jim Petro argues that thousands of people are wrongfully convicted in this country - and that police and prosecutorial misconduct is partly to blame.

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hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#1 Jan 13, 2011
WHY WHY WHY does the Dispatch always post a story in the general section of the wbsite and then move it to the Politics sectionforcing us to post the same comments all over again?

Anyway, yay Petro. The "justice" system in this country is just as dysfunctional as its "education" system and you don't have to be a bleeding heart liberal to know that. If I were the victim of a crime, Id' want to make sure the right person was being punished for it.
Just My Opinion

Columbus, OH

#2 Jan 13, 2011
Better late than never! Too bad he didn't have the courage to own up to his philosophical beleifs when he was Ohio Attorney General and employed former assistant prosecutors who made their careers based on prosecutorial misconduct. It's not just the cases of those on death row that should be reexamined. It was a rampant philosophy during the Voinovich and Taft reigns of terror. Anyone who dared to stand up to those prosecutors were shot down by judges cut from the same cloth. See Broken Government by John Dean
jdh

Columbus, OH

#3 Jan 13, 2011
what...wrongfully convicted people in america?

the way people talk of throw away the key...execute them directly after the trial...how could there be innocent people in jail?

Surely Mr. Petro does not know what he's tlaking about.
morgan

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jan 13, 2011
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
jdh

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 13, 2011
Just My Opinion wrote:
Better late than never! Too bad he didn't have the courage to own up to his philosophical beleifs when he was Ohio Attorney General and employed former assistant prosecutors who made their careers based on prosecutorial misconduct. It's not just the cases of those on death row that should be reexamined. It was a rampant philosophy during the Voinovich and Taft reigns of terror. Anyone who dared to stand up to those prosecutors were shot down by judges cut from the same cloth. See Broken Government by John Dean
how about the 180 some years prior to George...everything was ok then? nothing happened under strickland?

2 political parties have been running this country as they see fit for 150 years now. And look were we're at. But most people just wanna say its the other guys fault...the other parties fault.
Tea Party Tim

Blacklick, OH

#6 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
Since when does opposing wrongful convictions mean you're opposed to law enforcement?
Petro is a good guy

Dublin, OH

#7 Jan 13, 2011
God bless this man. Good for him. Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.
Petro is a good guy

Dublin, OH

#8 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
You are the type of person that has apparently stained our justice system. You should give Mr. Petro a listen.
Carol

United States

#9 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
I applaud any individual who has the courage to stand up, despite their party affiliation, and work for truth and justice. Both Pfeifer and Petro are republicans.
The fact that they are strong in character and don't tow the party line, bravo to them. It gives me hope. We all want the laws enforced, but we want to do it correctly. Questioning the problems that arise in our judicial system is not to be criticized, but embraced.
Long Jon

Columbus, OH

#10 Jan 13, 2011
Carol wrote:
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I applaud any individual who has the courage to stand up, despite their party affiliation, and work for truth and justice. Both Pfeifer and Petro are republicans.
The fact that they are strong in character and don't tow the party line, bravo to them. It gives me hope. We all want the laws enforced, but we want to do it correctly. Questioning the problems that arise in our judicial system is not to be criticized, but embraced.
Civilized citizens of Franklin County Ohio, don't have to go any farther than south High
Street, in the Hall of " Justice " to see the most baltant display of corruption ever.
All, or most of the lawyers ( judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers ) are the most corrupt and incompetent of their trade. If you know anything about how the law should be
applied in these " courts of law ", you will be amazed at the antics of these people. I
know that I can not speak freely on this form, but go and see for yourself, see the misconduct of these people. The injustice.
A PD

Dayton, OH

#11 Jan 13, 2011
How is this different than Martin Yants "Presumed Guilty" book of the 1990's? It isn't like the problems of the system arent widely known. The question is, when will it change? Looking at the state house.... I say no time soon and it will likey get worse.
Morgan blows

Dublin, OH

#12 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
I think everybody posting on here pretty much thinks you blow. Go back to retirement. It is good you are not prosecuting anybody anymore. Maybe Petro can undo some of your screw ups.
Long Jon

Columbus, OH

#13 Jan 13, 2011
TOPIX does'nt allow anyone who might come to close
to the truth, post on this site. Petro is right and
there are many who know it first hand.
fed up

Reynoldsburg, OH

#14 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
Wow! Mistakes are never made. Never look back. Never consider new evidence brought forward. You, sir or madam, are part of the problem.
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 13, 2011
morgan wrote:
As a retired prosecutor, I regret ever backing Petro for any office. The same can be said of Paul Peiffer, would was a law enforcement supporter when in the state senate, but an aopponent as a supreme court justice.
Thank God for the "retired" part.
Clayton Hayes

Carlsbad, CA

#16 Jan 13, 2011
Even better idea for Petro to fight for the rightly convicted to be executed more speedily.
Clayton Hayes

Carlsbad, CA

#17 Jan 13, 2011
Long Jon wrote:
<quoted text>
Civilized citizens of Franklin County Ohio, don't have to go any farther than south High
Street, in the Hall of " Justice " to see the most baltant display of corruption ever.
All, or most of the lawyers ( judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers ) are the most corrupt and incompetent of their trade. If you know anything about how the law should be
applied in these " courts of law ", you will be amazed at the antics of these people. I
know that I can not speak freely on this form, but go and see for yourself, see the misconduct of these people. The injustice.
The corruption starts at the top with our hopelessly politicized Supreme Court. Our justice system is a ripoff and a farce.
Conservatives Lie

Columbus, OH

#18 Jan 13, 2011
hamburger pimp wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank God for the "retired" part.
I heard there was a sale this week at the christian hobby store? Free 'Jesus Riding the Dinosaurs' coloring books to the first 12 customers...Sunday ONLY!
Conservatives Lie

Columbus, OH

#19 Jan 13, 2011
The prosecutorial agencies fighting the DNA evidence logging are being too disingenuous for a civilized society. If the tools are there...use them!
Stal

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Jan 13, 2011
I always used to feel confident in our prosecutors and judges, until I saw first hand the abuses of power, and indifference for justice from prosecutors in Auglaize County, Ohio.
My issue was not the level of felony - only a speeding ticket. Nonetheless, they went through a lot more trouble to wrongfully convict me, and I'm sure they know as well as I do that I wasn't speeding.
I was pulled over in an air traffic sting on I-75 a couple years ago - supposedly for doing 84mph. However, my company keeps a gps log on me, which proved I was only doing 56. I talked to prosecutor meade, and offered to give him the evidence. I didn't even care to look at it. So, we took it to trial. I guess meade knew that judge gary herman was on his side, because the the judge didn't even care to hear all of my side either. I presented my evidence which was very clear. They had the 2 cops testify against me. I found a couple inconsistancies in the cops stories, and got ready to exploit it. The judge let the prosecution do their closing statement, then blatantly denied me my closing statement, where I planned on poinnting out the cops inconsisitancies among other things. One point was that the cops dash camera video clearly shows the officer's statement was wrong. The transcript clearly shows my attempt to give my closing statement. The judge said that poeple needed to leave, and pick up kids, etc. He said he'd get back on a decision. He of course decided I was guilty. I appealed, as I was denied my constitutional right to a closing statement. The 3 judges in Lima, Ohio of course ignored this, and acted as though my time testifying on the stand under oath was my closing statement. It's the buddy system in the Ohio legal system - prosecutors, local judges and appellate court judges. There's a lot more to the story that I could go on for hours about. Suffice it to say that I now have absolutley no confidence in the legal system after this. If I were on a jury in the future, I would absolutley give the defendant every benefit of the doubt. Don't get me wrong, I don't want a guilty guy getting away with it. Bad people getting away with crime puts me and my family in jeopardy in the future. But the problem is, you can't count on the prosecutors to try people they think are guilty. It's more about their own egos or careers.

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