Philly Man “Likely Innocent” After Serving on Death Row for 23 Years
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Philly Man “Likely Innocent” After Serving on Death Row for 23 Years

Walter Ogrod, 55, of Philadelphia was convicted in 1996 for the alleged molestation and murder of a 4-year-old girl. This conviction has recently been reexamined and The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office says that Ogrod is “likely innocent.” The outcome of this trial was based on flawed and corrupted testimonies. DA Larry Krasner’s office asked a judge to vacate the conviction and free Ogrod from prison. Krasner’s office stated that Ogrod’s case was based on unreliable evidence, false testimonials and violations of the Brady Rule by withholding important evidence. Walter Ogrod is due in court on March 27th to receive the judge’s decision about his release.

The Brady Rule was put into legislation to ensure that all evidence in a criminal court case is turned over to the defendant. This rule is heavily investigated when a convicted person is involved in a wrongful conviction case. In Walter Ogrod’s circumstance, the violation of the Brady Rule is a major source of reason for why he is “likely innocent.” Ogrod’s case is not the first time DA Larry Krasner’s office has assumed tainted cases due to misconduct and law violations.

A wrongful conviction of a crime causes emotional distress and financial harm to both the accused and their family. If you have been wrongfully convicted and recently exonerated, the Philadelphia civil rights lawyers at Williams Cedar will fight for your rights to proper compensation. Our knowledgeable and dedicated lawyers will ensure that you are covered under the federal Civil Rights Act and ensure you are receiving the benefits entitled to you. Contact us today at 215-385-5354 or complete an online form. With offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, South Jersey and nationwide.

WILLIAMS CEDAR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS: NOTICE TO OUR CLIENTS, COLLEAGUES AND VENDORS: CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

WILLIAMS CEDAR PHYSICAL LOCATIONS: NOTICE TO OUR CLIENTS, COLLEAGUES AND VENDORS: CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

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