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Published: Thursday, 11/9/2006

Lawyer files to free priest from prison

Convicted murderer Gerald Robinson's attorney filed documents yesterday with an Ohio appellate court in an attempt to get the 68-year-old priest released from a state prison.

For the second time in a month, Perrysburg attorney John Donahue is asking a court to set Robinson free while his appeal for killing a nun in 1980 proceeds through the judicial system. The new motion, which includes unknown sealed documents, was given yesterday to the 6th District Court of Appeals in Toledo and seeks his release from a mandatory 15 years-to-life prison sentence.

Like a similar plea made last month in Lucas County Common Pleas Court, Mr. Donahue questioned the circumstantial evidence and testimony that jurors considered during their deliberations to convict Robinson on May 11 of killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl.

The motion filed in Common Pleas Court was denied last week by Judge Thomas Osowik, who presided over the high-profile, three-week trial that attracted national media attention.

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