"Tony Apanovitch has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit. He is a victim of the most serious miscarriage of justice." So proclaims this page on the Web site of the Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Note the complete absence of doubt from that statement. Not "there is evidence that leads us to believe he is probably innocent." Nope, it's an absolute certainty.
Funny thing, though, is that there was DNA available from the 1984 rape and murder of Mary Ann Flynn, but Apanovitch steadfastly refused to give a comparison sample. Shouldn't that have given the innocence proclaimers at least a little pause?
He refused, that is, until a 2003 mandatory testing law gave him no choice, reports Jim Nichols in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Although only a fragment of DNA remains available, an independent lab in California puts the odds against the killer being anyone else at 140 million to one.
The fact that one more convicted murderer proclaiming his innocence has been confirmed guilty is "dog bites man," i.e., not news. The reason we posted it is its reflection on the credibility, or lack thereof, of what is posted about supposed innocents on the web sites of anti-death-penalty organizations.