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VIDEO: 1993 Lorain police lineup in Head Start case

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Tale of the tape: The telling tape the defense never saw

POINT HIM OUT: The tape shows the children trying to pick Joseph Allen, second from left, out of this lineup of five black men.

This story originally ran Sept. 21, 1997. Paul Facinelli and Pam Plas, The Chronicle-Telegram Four of seven Head Start children who viewed a police lineup in 1993 failed to identify a man suspected of being a molester. A fifth child, after failing repeatedly, finally succeeded with help from her mother. But the Lorain County prosecutor’s Read More…

Kids’ behavior on video unlike trial description

This story originally ran Sept. 21, 1997. Paul Facinelli and Pam Plas, The Chronicle-Telegram William Oliver adapted quickly to the routine of a police lineup. The tousle-haired 5-year-old, called to the Lorain Police Department for a lineup in 1993, was in a viewing room only a short time when he picked up an in-house phone Read More…

He never identified Allen but one child seemed to have fun trying

This story originally ran Sept. 21, 1997. William Oliver is brought into the police viewing room at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 4,1993. He stands on a chair in front of the viewing window with his hands clasped in front of him. Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera, a captain at the time, stands next to him with Read More…

For Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen, few avenues remain

Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen

This story originally ran Sept. 21, 1997. Joseph Allen and Nancy Smith are running out of appeals in Ohio. According to Vermilion lawyer Ron Bailey, who is co-counsel (with Columbus lawyer James Owen) for Allen and Smith, Allen’s case is before the Ohio Supreme Court. It’s Allen’s last chance for relief in the state. Smith’s Read More…

The prosecutor’s office responds to our questions in this statement

This story originally ran Sept. 21, 1997. Here Is the text of a response from the Lorain County prosecutor’s office to questions from The Chronicle- Telegram about a lineup In the Joseph Allen-Nancy Smith molestation case: The Lorain County prosecutor’s office, the Lorain Police Department and various law enforcement agencies have been receiving questions from Read More…