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Tony Viola's Battle Against Wrongful Conviction: Exposing the Truth with the Help of Whistleblower Dawn Pasela

Tony Viola faced an unprecedented legal battle, was indicted three times, and tried twice on identical mortgage fraud charges by a multi-jurisdictional task force. His journey was pivotal when Dawn Pasela, a courageous whistleblower from the prosecutor's office, provided hidden evidence. This evidence, which prosecutors Mark Bennett and Dan Kasaris claimed did not exist, was crucial in proving Tony's innocence during his second trial. Tragically, Dawn Pasela, who was prepared to testify in Tony's defense, was found dead under mysterious circumstances after being threatened by prosecutors Kasaris and Bennett.

Continued Injustice Despite Acquittal

Despite the revelations of the second trial, Tony remained incarcerated for nearly a decade. Recent admissions by the Department of Justice and the FBI, acknowledging false statements about the evidence, have shed further light on the miscarriage of justice in his case. The evidence that led to Tony's acquittal also suggests potential exoneration for many others prosecuted by the Task Force.

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Remembering Dawn Pasela: A Courageous and Brilliant Friend

Dawn Pasela, whose bravery and intelligence were instrumental in uncovering prosecutorial misconduct, was scheduled to testify about these very issues when she was found dead. Her story is a poignant reminder of the cost of seeking truth and justice.

Dawn Pasela

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See the Facts For Yourself

Don't take our word for it, check out the evidence from Tony's second trial and see for yourself how prosecutors suppressed proof of Tony's innocence before his first trial.   Our evidence locker tells the whole story, using the government's own documents and records to confirm that prosecutors broke the law to "win" the case.

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How to Help

There are so many things that you can do to aid our mission to free Tony: from a simple Tweet, to writing the Ohio Attorney General. Learn about all the ways you can help.


Mark Bennett, the federal prosecutor in Tony's case, was fired for committing misconduct in a myriad of cases and had his law license suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Seeking Justice:

Dawn Pasela YouTube Live Investigation

Join us — Dana Poll, Lexi Kakis, and Andrea Cipriano — for our weekly YouTube Live investigative series into the suspicious death of Dawn Pasela, starting
Wednesday, February 28th at 7:00pm EST!


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