On October 11, 2019 Anthony Lemons was declared a Wrongfully Imprisoned person by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Daniel Gaul.  He is now able to file for compensation for the time he wrongfully spent in prison. 

Anthony Lemons was convicted by a Cuyahoga County jury of the murder of Eric Sims and the attempted murder of Jude Adamcik on October 12, 1995.  He was sentenced to fifteen years to life at that time.  No forensic evidence ever connected him to the crime and he has always declared his innocence.  On December 23, 2013, the original trial judge, the Hon. Janet Burnside, granted Mr. Lemons a new trial based on Mr. Lemons’ claims under Brady, specifically finding that newly disclosed exculpatory evidence, including statements made by Jude Adamcik, should have been disclosed and had materially prejudiced Mr. Lemons’ defense.  One year later, on December 23, 2014, Judge Burnside called the matter for trial and acquitted him on all counts.  As of that time, Mr. Lemons had served seventeen years and ten months in prison for this crime. After years of litigation he has finally won the right to seek compensation from the state.

“The Lemons legal team is thrilled with Judge Gaul’s decision that Anthony will finally be compensated for his 17 years, 10 months of wrongful incarceration.  Not a shred of forensic evidence ever tied him to the murder of Eric Sims and his identification as a suspect was tainted by evidence withheld by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.  Justice can now finally be served.”

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