Lucasville uprising on tour
Fourteen years ago at a correctional facility in southern Ohio, a
prison uprising dominated the news for several days and riveted
the nation. At the end of the event, several inmates were dead or
injured, one guard was dead, and five men were sent to death row
to be punished for Officer Vallandingham’s death.
In 2007, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio presents a new
theatrical release entitled “Lucasville: The Untold Story of a
Prison Uprising,” which will chronicle the actual events of the
uprising and shed new light on the so-called Lucasville 5.
Convicted of killing the officer, these five men are currently
awaiting execution on Ohio ’s death row. Since their conviction,
evidence has been uncovered suggesting that they are in fact
innocent and that the state may have manufactured testimony
In 2006, the ACLU of Ohio filed an amicus brief in support of one
of the Lucasville 5, Siddique Hasan. In the brief, the ACLU
of Ohio stated that prosecutors recruited a prisoner named
Kenneth Law to present perjured testimony. They threatened Law
with trial for murder if he did not say what the State wanted.
When Law told prosecutors that the murderer was a man named
Anthony Lavelle, Law said they responded that his “story would
have to change, because Lavelle was a state witness.”
For more information about the tour including locations, dates,
and ticket information, log on to
www.acluohio.org or call 216-472-2209.