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.



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!


he deserves nothing not even another breath!!!


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


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 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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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!!!!!!!!!!!!


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.


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?

BW1's picture

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.


You're nuts.


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