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Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape and other sex crimes in 2015, has filed an appeal

Former OKC officer convicted of rape, other sex crimes files appeal with US Supreme Court

Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape and other sex crimes in 2015, has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of the United States.

According to online records, attorney James Hankins filed the petition for writ of certiorari for Holtzclaw on Dec. 30 at the United States Supreme Court.

Holtzclaw was found guilty in 2015 of 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery involving eight women. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison.

In the petition filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, Holtzclaw seeks review of the ruling against him issued by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals in August 2019, calling it “unjust and unconstitutional.”Daniel Holtzclaw 2

The OCCA ruled to deny an appeal from Holtzclaw, among other things, that there was enough evidence for the conviction and that what Holtzclaw called a “circus atmosphere” at the trial did not affect the outcome.

The court also found that Holtzclaw was not denied due process and that his trial counsel was effective. His total sentence is not excessive, according to court documents.

Holtzclaw has maintained his innocence.

Watch KOCO 5 Chronicle: Inside the investigation of Daniel Holtzclaw

In a news release sent out by a representative Tuesday, the petition with the U.S. Supreme Court focuses on two key legal questions regarding, “prosecutorial misrepresentation of scientific evidence at trial” and “improper joinder” of 13 accusers en masse alleging disparate crimes spanning 36 charges.

“Lumping them all together created ‘a self-corroborating cascade of testimony’ that ‘reinforced its own credibility through volume.’ Holtzclaw ‘prays respectfully’ that the court will ‘review the judgment’ of the OCCA,” the news release stated.

Read the court documents here.

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