Convicted rapist awarded new trial after appeals court cites judge's errors
A man serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2016 of raping a sleeping woman in a downtown Cleveland hotel will get a new trial, a panel of appeals court judges ruled. The panel at the 8th District Court of Appeals determined that Mitchell Hartman did not receive a fair trial after Cuyahoga County Judge Peter Corrigan let a victim from a previous criminal case testify at his new trial and told jurors to consider Hartman's leaving the scene as evidence of "consciousness of guilt."
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