Clinton attorneys to fight death penalty

Defense attorneys have filed more than a dozen motions on behalf of accused rapist and killer Curtis Clinton.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 17, 2013

 

The 41-year-old faces the death penalty if he’s convicted of aggravated murder in any one of the three deaths of Heather Jackson, 23, and her children, Celina, 3, and Wayne Jr., 20 months.

The possibility of such a steep consequence requires specialized defense attorneys, in this case Cleveland lawyers Robert Dixon and David Doughten.

This month alone they’ve filed more than a dozen motions in the case, including:

• Motions to dismiss the death penalty, on the basis such a sentence violates constitutional and international laws.

• Motions to preserve all records in the case.

• Motions to obtain records that could help, or hurt, in Clinton’s defense.

• A motion for Clinton to appear in court without restraints, so as not to bias any possible jurors in deciding his guilt or innocence.

• A motion to keep all agents of the state from talking to Clinton about the case.

For more on the motions and what comes next in the case, pick up a copy of Thursday's Register.

Comments

reporter54

oh no they didunt!

Unassumer

but he deserves the death penalty....

rickross2

I'm getting really sick of the Moderators removing comments that have no business being removed. It was only removed because the Register has their nose so far Obamas c*nt they cant think straight

mikel

lmao

rickross2

Thanks, I thought it was pretty funny.

mikel

hopefully, they are doing this pro bono!

Julie R.

The evil s.o.b. strangles a young woman and two little babies -- not to mention molesting one of the babies --- and his attorneys are filing motions on the basis that the death penalty violates the scum-bag's contitutional rights?

How do some of these attorneys even sleep at night?

rickross2

They don't. Zombies dont sleep.

luvblues2

+2

asweetnessabove

That's a straight up +10. Best thing I've heard/read all evening!

Kasey

+1

wiredmama222

Julie, honey, they sleep just fine and the next day they do it all over again. They get paid BIG BUCKS to do what they do....ever heard the phrase "laughing all the way to the bank"?

Do you think for one minute that these lawyers CARE about Clinton personally? Heck no, its a JOB for them, not personal. Just like the mafia: strictly business. They don't care what he did, or who he did it to. Its how they make their living.

Sickening, pathetic and awful as it is, this is the job they chose to do. What a way to make a living: defending scumbags for money. (kind of remind you of anything else?)

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Or just maybe, they care more about having a legitimate system of justice than they do one anecdotal case. Maybe they care more about not living in a nation where the government can arbitrarily kill one of its citizens just because a bunch of commenters on the SR website want him dead, than they do about satisfying a bunch of yahoos who don't grasp the very system that makes their lives better than those of most people around the world.

twosenseworth

Why don't they just give him the key to the city while they're at it!

Kasey

Funny that he shows up to court in a nice orange polo. That color looks good on you, Clinton, but 6 feet of dirt would look even better.

onegirlarmy

omg!!!! u have got to be kidding me!!!!!

deertracker

I have no problem giving the guy proper justice but I need facts. I am not totally comfortable killing him without knowing the facts. I believe he is definitely not innocent but a proof of guilt is still required. Some may be okay playing judge, jury and executioner without facts but I prefer the facts first. How will they ever prove HE molested the 3 year old? I am not trying to start an argument here so relax people but I know from personal experience that you can be accused of things you did not do.

onegirlarmy

shut up!!!!

wiredmama222

I get exactly what you are saying, deertracker. In law it only exists if you can PROVE it and not by inference. As sickening as this all is, your's is the truest statement of all. A hard thing for people to understand.

This case is SO explosive, how long do you think it will be before change of venue is requested? Then evidence limitations, etc?

As awful as this sounds, it may be better (oh, I can feel the heat coming on this one....and the knives in my back already) to plead it out than run the risk of mistrial or aquittal. Knowing that eliminates the death penalty, at least you know this scum bag will be in jail until someone THERE fulfills the death penalty.

deertracker

You raise great points too and may I suggest that these comments full of vitriol only help the defense to get a change of venue. Oh, the knives, we all get an opinion and to those that don't like it......oh well!

wiredmama222

that was my fear in Randleman and now this case. Attorneys have internet access too. Just a thought.

rickross2

If the attorneys are watching and reading this thread.......kill yourselves. That is all :-)

onegirlarmy

You need facts!!?i bet i could give you a few about this SOB!!
from my personal experience!!
but i'm sure thay have many!!!!
how many rapes and how many strangulations does it take?!!
no you relax!
how dare you bring that up about raping that baby of all things!
maybe they already had his dna...maybe they know he's a rapest.
it was no accident that fostoria girl was hog tied...
just like this was no damn accident!!
we all know the roll!
lets just hope the courts dont fail again!!
so unless you are the judge and do the right thing...
just shut up!!!

deertracker

DO TELL since you THINK you are the only one with a voice! NOBODY shuts me up....you got that?

wiredmama222

@deertracker....OMG, good for you. I know we do not always see eye to eye on things, but this IS and open forum and you have every right to express your opinion as do we all. It always bothers me when family members come on and take this attitude. I feel for them, but sometimes it is best to NOT participate when it is such a hot button issue.

Correct me if I am wrong, but the judge doesn't do the "right thing" here, its the jury, which is exactly why this will probably see a motion for change of venue? You go into a trial as a juror with an OPEN mind and without prior formed opinions, do you not? Just checking, but the last time I heard, that was the way it went. I am neither lawyer nor judge, but I always thought that was how it went.

onegirlarmy

Am not family...you bet i have an attitude!
Correct i will Not participate in your casual...OMG..."hot button issues"
on the issue of "rape" and murder of an innocent child!
how dare you! and also to compare this case to casey anthony?
we all know she killed her child...Heather loved her children.
Lets pray the courts don't fail them and other victims as well.
this case is gonna be alot like you...a no brainer!!!

onegirlarmy

I GOT THIS...u think you can come on here with your "multiple molestation" comments and not be honest that this guy is a killer and a rapist!!!
There is a gag order and while the family is not already completely broken!
"YOU"
Adding insult and humiliation to devestaion and greif about the topic of "molestation" so freely?
The facts will remain the facts innocence is gone!
Im sure others feel me here.
I DON'T THINK...I KNOW!!I AM NOT ...the only voice here!
And HERE is NOT the place to discuss that.
RESPECT the victims and their family for God Sakes!!!
we all want justice,facts and answers.
Nobody shuts you up?
hmmm...i dont know that guy...tell him to do his damn job!
God Bless You HCW

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"I DON'T THINK..."

Yes, that's becoming fairly obvious.

Just a Girl

Oh, are we keeping score Deertracker? In my book, anyone who commits even one rape or murder deserves the death penalty. Because even if by some wild stretch of the imagination he didn't rape the little girl, he committed the same crime several times previously. And it doesn't change the fact that he murdered her too. We need to stop wasting time and start enforcing punishment that permanently prevents these monsters from re-offending.

Baby2013

i agree 100% with you it's all about FACTS. i mean ONE big fact....they did NOT even take his clothes from that night...? why?

Unassumer

DNA. I imagine they have plenty of proof or he would not be in jail right now. He has not confessed and never will. He will be found guilty. Or dead.

deertracker

DNA will prove it but it was announced he molested the liitle girl before there was even time to do a DNA test so if he did not confess to it how did they know so soon that he molested the baby? I believe you are right on both accounts. He will be found guilty and dead if prison justice is what it is said to be. Remember though, Casey Anthony is a free woman today yet everyone was sure she was guilty and would be found guilty.

asweetnessabove

If memory serves me right he did not just molest her, he raped her. Penetration was involved. There had to be DNA because the sick SOB probably didn't use a jimmy hat!

Casey Anthony is a different case. They didn't bring a lot of evidence to light until they served her verdict. I for 1 think and believe she totally guilty. She will get her day. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

deertracker

I believe she is guilty too but neither of us were on the jury so when will Caylee get her day? It is always about what you can prove!

wiredmama222

AMEN and then some. I felt sorry for the jury in the Casey Anthony case. They had a tough decision to make. But you have to give them credit for following the rules. If it isn't proven by the prosecutors beyond a reasonable doubt, they walk.

I for one, think that woman should have fried, she killed her own child. But where can she go now where someone would not give her the death penalty right on the spot???

asweetnessabove

I totally agree! There are things to be proven, but there is a little thing called double jeapordy. She doesn't have much of a life anyway, all she is doing is hiding. Someday, somewhere, someone will give her what she deserves.

onegirlarmy

!

crazyaide

She is guilty...the justice system failed there!!! Happens all the time...our justice system sucks!!!Protects the guilty!!!

onegirlarmy

!

shucks

@ Randy_Marsh

how's those " constitutional rights " working for you right now?

grinenbareit

Ok....if we can't get the death penalty, which is deserving to the family, let us get the satisfaction knowing he will be tortured and or killed in prison.

wiredmama222

exactly.

KURTje

His past actions are proven. S.R. how about a poll for US. Should a swift death penilty be meted out for criminals like this?

luvblues2

Look at it this way. The lawyers are just trying to get this case to be shown on national TV to make a name for themselves. That part is easy to figure.

shucks

Exactly

wiredmama222

If that were true, they could call court tv tomorrow and make arrangements. Their family members could do it for them and no one would ever know the difference. CTV producers are begging for cases to have on tv.

luvblues2

One has to wait until the trial actually starts, wired. They won't get involved with this stupid preliminary BS.

Good 2 B Me

This clown should have been executed the first time! This would NEVER have happened again.

24productions

I can buy a box of .45 cal hollowpoints for $25 per 50 rounds....50 cents a round...takes only one...50 cents.

Pete

I have some Hornady Critical Defense in 9mm or .45ACP I will donate. Won't cost them a thing.

ladydye_5

"constitutional AND international law"??????what the hell does international law have to do with this? is he NOT an American citizen? why is that even being discussed?

Centauri

"The possibility of such a steep consequence requires specialized defense attorneys, in this case Cleveland lawyers Robert Dixon and David Doughten."

Really? What makes this POS so special? Others who faced the death penalty didn't get these high dollar attorneys. What judge called the shots to bring in these high dollar attorneys from Cleveland? Remember that this POS killed before and got a slap on the wrist.

http://www.reviewtimes.com/Issue...
"Misty Keckler was 18 years old when Curtis Clinton killed her in a Fostoria mobile home in 1997.

Originally charged with murder, Clinton pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter two years later as part of a plea agreement that included a maximum sentence of ten years in prison."

10 years for murder? 8 years for an Ottawa County, Ohio attorney and political activist who tried to expose Ohio corruption?

"• Motions to dismiss the death penalty, on the basis such a sentence violates constitutional and international laws."

What a joke!!! Are these two attorneys drunk?

" A motion for Clinton to appear in court without restraints, so as not to bias any possible jurors in deciding his guilt or innocence."

Amother big joke!!! Let Clinton go back to Cleveland with the two attorneys to meet with their wives and children.

Political activists get arrested, thrown into jail, denied their rights and the newspapers spread false lies about those who try to expose corruption.

Here is a hint. Give Clinton a neck tie and allow him back into his jail cell with it. Better yet, give Clinton a tux and limo and allow him to go live with the attorneys back in Cleveland.

This is the most stupid list of appeals that I have ever heard! Clinton the 4 time murderer is treated like royalty. No restraints and no orange jump suit for this killer.

What if Clinton snaps somebody's neck in court? It only takes seconds to kill somebody in the court.

Centauri

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"Curtis Clinton, 41, appeared for a brief arraignment hearing before Judge Tygh Tone, represented by court-appointed Cleveland attorney Robert Dixon."

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...
"Robert Dixon’s final bill: More than $56,000."

Randleman had the same attorney. I feel a plea bargain is in the works again.

wiredmama222

I said the same things weeks ago. And have you caught all the info in the SR about the cost of prosecuting and defending these scum bags?

I felt a plea deal weeks ago, before those articles and even more so now that the "dream team defense" has filed all these motions.

They aren't trying to get him released, just not put to death. They want life in prison for this guy. I wonder how long before these "Zomibes" as one called them, apply for a change of venue before this trial starts if they don't get a plea deal????

If he does just get life, it sure won't take long for someone to find out kids were involved and his "death penalty" will be swift and complete.

dreemweever32

He dished it out like a man, now he needs to take it like a man!!! He has killed before and will again I am sure if given the opportunity. When a dog bites people repetitively we put it down - it is time to put this dog down!!!!

safecracker2

No people. You're all wrong. He is a great American citizen who has been a productive member of society. He has more Rights than law abiding citizens because he is being accused. And he will be taken care of by the State better than he could ever do for himself. He is also entitled to appeal, after appeal, after appeal to prove his self-worth even after he has been convicted by a jury of his peers. Don't you all get it?? Continuing to breathe the air he snuffed out of 4 peoples lives. How many chances do you get Clinton? Situations like this are becoming a common occurance. Enough is enough.

luvblues2

Doesn't matter how it all turns out in court. This P.O.S. gets to live another 20 to 30 years, guaranteed.
He is one of those that actually like the routine of jail and really can't live on the outside. For some, prison is better than welfare, or living on the street.

wiredmama222

I think this guy just doesn't want some COURT telling him he will die. So his "Zombie" attorneys will do all they can to get a plea deal to life in prison without parole. But this time, he killed two kids and a mother.

Life in prison for THOSE fools usually doesn't set well, especially IF (and I believe he did) he raped a child. So there is such a thing as "prison justice". His routine is sure to be cut short quickly and painfully.

This is plea deal work at its worst. I was afraid of this..."lets negotiate to life in prison without the possiblity of parole" is the song being sung here.

The cops should have shot this fool on sight or let the brother of the victims have a "chat" with him for about 10 minutes. Case closed.

This just makes me sick.

richrs

@ Wired,
I say this based on 10+ years working in the DR&C.
Clinton has nothing to fear in prison. Everytime I hear this statement about prison justice I have to laugh. Actually with a LWOP (life w/out parole) he is in a better position to do what he wants. What are they going to do, send him to prison?

wiredmama222

Really? Wow, that is a tough job. My late uncle was a guard at a prison. Doesn't it depend on where they ARE in that prison?

I guess I am thinking of people like Jeffrey Dahlmer and others, who, after being sent to prison, got exactly what he deserved. That happened in a shower I believe! So I just wonder about Ohio prisons, given the stories my uncle used to tell. Some were pretty gruesome about what prisoners did to guys who raped and hurt kids. Not nice. He had 30 years of it.

shucks

What's DR&C ?

tired of stupidy

they want international law send him to gitmo. turn him loose.i agree with JULIE R.White black yellow pink or blue these kind of people just went away when this country was founded.may his victims and loved ones find peace!

onegirlarmy

he deserves nothing not even another breath!!!

onegirlarmy

....and take that damned picture down!!!

wiredmama222

Whoa, you have gone behind some comments yelling shut up. Behind others yelling at the SR.

You are either a relative or someone VERY invested with this family. No one is trying to be disrepectful to the victims memories nor forget what happened to them. I doubt anyone living here could.

But over the next few months or so, you are going to hear things you don't want to hear. And see a great many pictures of this guy....like it or not. The residents of this town felt something for the victims AND the family. Don't expect them to hold their tongues because you might not like what they say. They have a right to their opinion as do yours.

But yelling "shut up" and "take down his picture" isn't the solution.

If the comments on here are too hard for you to take, please spare yourself the agony of reading them. Don't do that to yourself. As for his picture, you cannot force the SR to stop running it.

Please know that almost this entire town cared for those who died. You need to understand that this trial won't be easy at all. People may say things on here you do not want to know about, hear about or hear comments on. You can't stop that. It's what this forum is for.

I wish you well and hope you know I am not trying to critize you, just help you understand and ease off your pain. I surely mean no disrespect whatsoever to you. No matter who you are.

onegirlarmy

i apologize...however i am very invested thank you!
And it is an open
i just need not read all this until i am ready i suppose.
And WHOA...cant say i care what the SR thinks.
i know they hear worse than you will ever hear out of my mouth...i said here that is.
i know how damning the dna evidence is.
just sickens me!
Lets pray for justice
thank you for your kindness
God Bless YOU

Brainiac2007

1st off these trials should not be costing TAXPAYERS NOTHING....This man had already served prison time for murdering a young lady and should have never been back on the streets. The judges, lawyers and police officers involved in his previous case should be footing his bill. (sorry just a little rant) Now onto fighting the death penalty....please these attorneys cannot be serious. I bet they don't have small children at home that they have to look at and wonder everyday how they would deal if it would have been their children found dead, and or molested or BOTH. This judicial system SUCKS....So many times I hear the phrase "History repeats itself" Well lets get the ball rolling because in history this man would have hung in town square without much deliberation involved! Its pathetic that such a pretty place (in some areas) like Sandusky has gone to hell like it has, and that so many living there don't give anymore pride to their city then they do. We drove around over there just observing people and their actions, bet I witnessed at least 3 drug deals (couldn't prove it wasn't close enough) but pretty positive, children of ALL AGES walking the sidewalks alone, including a child roughly 3 years old, individuals allowing their homes to fall apart, confrontations galore around the historical area....What a mess, if I were a police officer boy oh boy would I have a field day in that place!

wiredmama222

and from where did you drive may I ask? You say you "drove around over there just observing people..."

I have lived in several different cities in 17 years but was born here. You hear this same thing from almost every person in every place I have lived. How it used to be. How bad things have gotten. This kind of deterioration isn't coming from just Sandusky, its everywhere. And guess who did it? PEOPLE. For whatever reasons they have or had. Some people feel pride, respect and a need to keep things "up', others don't.

So I wouldn't be too critical of just Sandusky. Its all over and that, unfortunately, is a fact. You can (and I am sure many will) blame politics, religion, or whatever they think did this. I don't think even sociologist, psychologists or any "ologists" understands it.

Who is making the decisions in all these court cases trials that people complain about? OTHER PEOPLE. And then we ALL scream that the system is broken. Is it, or are we all broken? Because juries made up of people decide the fates of the criminals. Then we cry that the very system we have had for years is insufficient and wrong.

Try changing the people making the decisions, or better yet, make sure that the attorneys trying the cases and defending the criminals are ALL TELLING THE TRUTH and giving ALL the evidence at every trial no matter how much we don't wish we had to hear it. Maybe that way the JURIES could make better decisions.

If you or anyone has a true solution to the problems, please tell the rest of us so we can get on board with it.

asweetnessabove

I have to agree. It is not just Sandusky that is falling apart and/or deteriorating. When I'm out and about, whether it be going to the grocery store or taking my daughter to play at the mall or park when it's warm, if I see trash on the ground, either my daughter or myself will pick it up and throw it away. I'm a young mother, but my mother taught me respect and to be good to our environment. I want my daughter to know that it is NOT ok to liter, and if you see it, pick it up. Maybe just maybe another person will see it and do it too. Just the other day I was at a stop light and I looked over, there was a plastic Starbucks cup. It was a red light, so I put my vehicle in park, got out grabbed the cup and later threw it away.

It's just too bad that a lot of people (entitlement generation) just don't care!

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The state cannot kill him fast enough! Death for this cold-blooded psychopath is appropriate.

Secretary1

Okay, you tell me. Heard from a family member that the little girl's tongue was half bit off from his forceful "penetration" of her. That is ONE sick jerk that NEEDS the SLOW needle so he anticipates and freaks out until the I.V. stops his heart! They ought to castrate him also so he FEELS the pain!!!!!!!!! May Heather and babies R.I.P. and may JUSTICE BE SERVED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maboom2Paul

Forget Anthony. This guy is guilty. Did any of you see the family laid out all together He deserves to hang. He raped an 18 month old girl. I can only imagine the terror and pain all of them felt, It is so sad amd he wants to keep his life. He doesn't deserve to live another moment. Raping that baby is a felony. If someone dies while the perp is committing a felony, that is called felony murder and absolutely calls for the death penalty. Fry the SOB.

rickross2

Isnt murder a felony? So all murders that end in death are Felony Murder?

Julie R.

His attorneys actually filed an ignorant motion for him to appear in court without restraints, so as not to bias any possible jurors?

Fry that sociopath SOB --- and take his attorneys with him.

Taxed Enough Already

Well if he can always petition the Governor and say he didn't get a fair trial and that piece of work Kasich will let him go. Not to mention he can eat himself fat so he can't be put to death.

he said she said

Am I nuts or does a person that is charged with a felony have no more rights?

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EVERYOHNE has rights. Someone CHARGED with a felony has the same rights as everyone else. If CONVICTED, that person will lose many rights.

I suggest you go find a high school Civics textbook and read it. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad idea for many of the commenters here.

luvblues2

You're nuts.

Buckeye_Nation

waste of time and money, put the piece of garbage in a hole 6 feet down, maybe deeper, this piece of crap murdered three people, and yet he isn't going to be put down. our society is in trouble when you start defending people that are less than a diseased rat. why cant we have some vigilante justice here