Half a Lifetime Ago

Today, November 23 2022, is Jeff’s birthday: he is 62 years old. Soon after his 31st birthday – half his lifetime ago – someone murdered a child that he knew; he has never wanted to celebrate his birthday since.

Birthdays are also sad reminders of time passing. Next spring will mark 30 years since Jeff first entered a tiny cell on Ohio’s death row, convicted of a murder that he insists he did not commit.

Jeff has been waiting for over 4 years for a review of his case by his trial court, after an Appeals Court decided* that
“[Jeff] can establish by clear and convincing evidence that no reasonable [juror] would have found him guilty.”
In June this year he also filed a new motion† in the trial court, requesting a new trial. We trust this court – the Hamilton Court of Common Pleas – will respond to him soon.

We wish Jeff a peaceful birthday.

*In Re: Jeffrey Wogenstahl. 18-3287. On Motion to Authorize the Filing of a Second or Successive Application for Habeas Corpus. No. 1:17-cv-00298—Thomas M. Rose, District Judge. United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit. September 4, 2018.

†State of Ohio, Plaintiff, vs. Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl, Defendant. B 926287 Defendant Jeffrey A. Wogenstahl’s Motion for New Trial, Filed in the Court of Common Pleas Hamilton County, Ohio. Filed June 24, 2022. (Office of the Ohio Assistant Public Defender). Print.

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