OIP Helps Bryant Gaines Walk Free
March 14, 2012 will go down in history as the day Bryant “Rico” Gaines walked out of prison a free man. He served nine years of a life sentence for a murder the both he and the Ohio Innocence Project says he did not commit. Gaines, however, will not go home cleared of all charges, despite his innocence. He decided to take a plea deal to a reduced charge of “conspiracy to commit manslaughter.” After many years of imprisonment and push back from the judicial system, Gaines determined that this was his best option to be free. Congratulations to the many individuals who worked on this case: many OIP students, OIP attorney Karla Hall, and Cincinnati defense attorney Bill Gallagher.