Former Ohio AG supports inmate's release

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former Ohio attorney general says a man serving a life prison sentence may have been wrongly convicted.

Former Attorney General James Petro asked a federal judge in Cleveland Monday to grant Alfred Cleveland's petition for release or for a new trial in the 1991 slaying of a prostitute.

Petro, who was attorney general from 2003 to 2007, said in a court filing that he was concerned Cleveland was convicted and sentenced to life in prison almost exclusively on the testimony of an admitted drug addict who was paid $6,000 to cooperate with authorities.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/R01xX8 ) reports that the man has since admitted that he lied about seeing Cleveland and three other men commit the 1991 murder.

The judge did not say when he will rule.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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