Nancy Smith, Joseph Allen acquitted
“Judge Burge made a very courageous decision, but I think he made the right decision,” said Smith’s attorney, Jack Bradley, after the hearing.
“We certainly appreciate all the work he has done and we are lucky justice has been served in Lorain County,” Bradley said.
Bradley said the acquittal was completely unexpected.
Joseph Allen thanked God for bringing the case to an end.
“I didn’t expect it, but I know God is able to do all things.”
Allen was joined by several family members at the hearing, who all seemed to be equally surprised.
“We are just glad it’s over, because it’s been a long time coming,” said Allen’s niece, Dana Capers.
“Thank god it’s over with, I have been praying for it to end and it feels good to see justice and peace,” said another one of Allen’s nieces, Beverly Donald.
Seated next to Allen during the hearing, his attorney, Ronald Bailey, though to himself, “we’re done,” he said after he hearing.
“I thought we would get to this point some day, but I didn’t think it would be today or even this year,” Bailey said, who has been working on Allen’s case since 1997.
“I figured it would be some sort of good news, but I didn’t think it was going to be this good of news,” Bailey said of Burge’s decision.
Smith and her family declined to comment after the hearing.
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