Apanovitch has been sentenced to
death for a crime he did not commit.
He is a victim of the most serious miscarriage of justice.
By the time the federal courts decide whether to even address the merits of Apanovitch's
allegations that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and Cleveland Police Department withheld exculpatory evidence and mislead the court,
Apanovitch will have been incarcerated for more than fifteen years in jails and prisons in Ohio.
He will have spent most of that time on "death row," where he resides today
among the segregated and isolated prisoners at the Mansfield Correctional Institution.
Apanovitch was convicted in Cleveland, Ohio for the August, 1984,
murder and rape of Mary Ann Flynn.
After a two month investigation, law enforcement targeted Apanovitch, even though the hair,
blood and saliva samples he voluntarily provided, excluded him as a suspect.
The state's case at trial was built solely on circumstantial evidence.
1993, Apanovitch obtained portions of the Cleveland Police Department
investigative file under the Ohio Public Records Act.
Documents from that file, as well as information withheld by the Cuyahoga County Coroner,
greatly undermines the jury verdict and raises serious doubt that Apanovitch committed the rape and murder.
the Ohio courts summarily
dismissed Apanovitch's challenges,
he presented his claims to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.
Apanovitch's request for an evidentiary hearing in the federal district court,
or full briefing in the federal appeals court, has been pending since February, 1997.
Dale A. Baich
Assistant Federal Public Defender
222 North Central Avenue, Suite 810
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
ANTHONY'S PENPAL REQUEST
I would like
Smile! I am innocent and I have been fighting for 14 1/2 years to prove it.
I even have a 17 minute video that explains how I was framed and shows the evidence.
The video was narrated by Mr. Mike Farrell.
( He was one of the big stars on M*A*S*H, the TV series...)
Anthony C. Apanovitch
Mansfield Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 788
Mansfield, Ohio 44901