While the rest of us shelter in place, Walter Ogrod is on Pennsylvania’s death row. He checks all the boxes on the list of symptoms for the Coronavirus disease: high fever, cough, shortness of breath. The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit says that he’s “likely innocent.” The DA’s office says he should be released from prison. We’re all set for a hearing where both sides agree that the right thing to do is to release Walter. But the hearing has been canceled because of the pandemic. The mind boggles. Read on.
Newsweek by Khaleda Rahman: Pennsylvania death row inmate shows symptoms of coronavirus, attorneys seek release and medical care
Philadelphia Inquirer Samantha Melamed: Philly DA said death-row inmate is ‘likely innocent.’ Now his case is delayed by coronavirus.
Attorney seeks release of Pa. death row inmate exhibiting coronavirus symptoms
By Jessica Schladebeck, March 19, 2020