The twenty-three-year-old case against Joe D’Ambrosio, the former Ohio death row inmate, has finally ended.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state’s appeal of a 2011 ruling blocking the retrial of Mr. D’Ambrosio, thereby ending the case.
Mr. D’Ambrosio is the sixth Ohio man to be exonerated from death row and 140th nationally.
Mr. D’Ambrosio was convicted of a 1988 murder in Cleveland. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that Cuyahoga County prosecutors withheld ten pieces of evidence that could have exonerated him at his trial. He was released after twenty-one years on death row.
Last August, the appellate court in Cincinnati upheld U.S. District Court Kate O’Malley’s ruling forbidding his re-prosecution, but the Ohio Attorney General appealed.
Congratulations to Mr. D’Ambrosio. I wish him all the best as he adjusts to his new life.