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Richfield County, Officials Cleared In Civil Rights Lawsuit

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Richland County and three officials have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the case of a man freed after serving two decades in prison for a murder conviction that was later thrown out.

A federal judge in Cleveland granted a motion for summary judgment Tuesday, nearly two years after Glenn Tinney filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Richland County and its prosecutors.

He had accused them of exploiting his well-documented mental illness, railroading him into a false confession and withholding evidence of his innocence.

Tinney pleaded guilty to the 1988 beating death of Ted White in Mansfield. A judge ordered his release from prison, saying his confession suggested he wasn't guilty.

Tinney's attorney says they will appeal Tuesday's decision.