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Ohio Man Receives $600,000 for Wrongful Imprisonment

During mediation, a settlement of $600,000 was reached between Kenneth Moore and the State of Ohio in a claim of wrongful imprisonment. Moore had sued Ohio for damages incurred in his defense at trial and post-conviction proceedings related to the criminal charges, damages for the time period he was incarcerated.

After pleading guilty to charges related to a 1995 fatal shooting, Moore was sentenced to prison. He received 15 years to life on an aggravated murder charge and 18 months for having weapons under a disability charge. Subsequent to sentencing, Moore successfully challenged his conviction on grounds his attorney was ineffective in not telling him about all the evidence that supported his defense.

At an August 2004 trial, a jury acquitted Moore. He was released after serving more than nine years in prison, and the Pike County Court of Common Pleas certified in December 2004 that Moore was a wrongfully imprisoned individual under R.C. 2743.48. The state’s appeal of that order failed.

Moore then brought his lawsuit that sought damages for the 9.33 years he spent in prison, lost wages, and his attorney fees. A settlement was reached on February 4, 2008. Moore was ably represented by attorneys Marie Moraleja Hoover, R. Tracy Hoover, and Anthony A. Moraleja. See: Moore v. State of Ohio, Ohio Court of Claims, Franklin County, Case No: 2006-2188-WI.

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Moore v. State of Ohio