PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 3, 2023) – Walter Ogrod agreed to settle his wrongful conviction lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and several members of the Philadelphia Police Department for $9.1 million. Ogrod was represented in the matter by Joseph M. Marrone, Esq. and Michael Pomerantz, Esq. of Philadelphia’s Marrone Law Firm, LLC.
Ogrod claimed that Philadelphia homicide detectives coerced him into confessing to a crime he did not commit. Ogrod was arrested in 1992, and was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to death. Ogrod was released from prison in 2020 after the District Attorney’s office agreed that Ogrod was wrongfully convicted. He had spent twenty-eight years in jail with twenty-five of those in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row.
During their investigation, the Marrone Law Firm discovered new DNA evidence that had never been analyzed during the decades-long investigation. In settling the case, the City of Philadelphia and other individual defendants have denied all wrongdoing.
“This litigation was a long and hard-fought battle that resulted in a significant settlement that will give Walter Ogrod the economic support he needs as he continues re-establishing his life. He remains optimistic about his future and is committed to fighting for his fellow inmates who have also been wrongfully convicted.” Joseph Marrone, Attorney at Marrone Law Firm , LLC
About Marrone Law Firm , LLC
The attorneys at the Marrone Law Firm, LLC are licensed to practice throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and the federal courts in those states. They have also litigated countless cases in other jurisdictions after those courts appointed us as counsel pro hac vice. But the courts they appear in and the offices they maintain are only part of the story.