Caged Kids Parents Lobby for New Trial - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Caged Kids Parents Lobby for New Trial

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) - Defense lawyers say evidence was withheld in the trial of a northern Ohio couple convicted of keeping some of their adopted children in cages.

Attorneys for Michael and Sharen Gravelle argued today for a new trial, saying their clients were not treated fairly.

A Huron County Common Pleas judge is expected to rule by Friday on whether he will allow the Gravelles to be retried or set aside their guilty verdicts.

Sharen Gravelle's lawyer says evidence the defense did not have access to at the trial included notes from a social worker alleging that the prosecutor knew earlier about the cages but didn't act because of an upcoming election.

Prosecutor Russell Leffler calls that claim "crazy."

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