"In Keith’s case, the forensic examiner’s supervisors repeatedly expressed their concern about her relationship with law enforcement. Notes in her personnel file mentioned she would 'stretch the truth to satisfy a department' and that she had a 'reputation of giving dept. answer[s] [it] wants if [they] stroke her.' What’s alarming about the lack of independence in this and other cases is that the errors all go in the same direction—toward convicting innocent people and letting the real perpetrators go free."
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Michael P. Donnelly, Dec. 7, 2022
"Our collective goal should be to find the truth, and in doing so we can help both the victims of crime and those who have been wrongfully convicted. Let us not fall into the trap of making a choice we don’t have to make."
"Perhaps no single case demonstrates the outsize role that questionable forensic science can play in a defendant's fate better than the murder trial of Kevin Keith, a case that also illustrates the difficulty of true legal redress."
"Justin Herdman, appointed by former President Donald Trump in 2017, stepped down as U.S. attorney for northern Ohio in January. Herdman wrote in a federal court filing this week that 57-year-old Kevin Keith should be given a hearing to consider his arguments after 27 years in prison, cleveland.com reported."
"There are numerous other reasons to believe that Kevin Keith is innocent, including the discovery of new evidence, police missteps, the existence of another known suspect and lousy defense work during Keith's trial. But it is clear not only that prosecutors do not care if Keith is innocent, but that they are deeply invested in winning at all costs."
"A diverse group of Republicans and Democrats, attorneys general and federal and state judges and prosecutors had rallied around the case of the inmate, Kevin Keith, 46, after his lawyers uncovered evidence they say casts doubt on his guilt. 'This case is clearly one in which a full, fair analysis of all of the unanswered questions should be considered by a court. Under these circumstances, I cannot allow Mr. Keith to be executed.'"
"There is overwhelming evidence suggesting that Keith was convicted and sentenced to death on the basis of faulty eyewitness identification -- one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions in this country. Indeed, eyewitness misidentification has played a role in more than 75 percent of the DNA exonerations nationwide."