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Northeast Ohio man gets married on the anniversary of his exoneration and release from prison

Posted at 8:46 AM, Mar 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-29 08:46:13-04

CLEVELAND — For the past year, Ruel Sailor has been an extremely happy man, exonerated and released from prison in March 2018, after spending 15 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit.

And now, a year later, marrying his longtime girlfriend Amy Spence, the couple exchanging vows on the steps outside the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Sailor said it was Spence and many others who fought for his release for years, after he was wrongfully convicted in connection with a 2002 fatal shooting.

Sailor said that he's fighting for changes in how police take statements from witnesses, to assure greater accuracy in criminal cases.

Salior believes incorrect recording of witness statements, in his case, contributed to his wrongful conviction.

"Anytime they interview witnesses, they have body cams, there should be video documented right there on the spot," Sailor said.

"That way anything that's outside the tape is inadmissible," he said.

Sailor told News 5 he and his wife will continue to seek changes in state law to help speed wrongful conviction cases through the system.

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