In 1991/92 Matt became a certified Prisoner Law Clerk and Paralegal. He began having some success for other prisoners. As a result, he has been subjected to retaliation by the prison system including extremely lengthy "investigations" for months at a time in solitary confinement (without any conduct report), as well as retaliatory institutional transfers. (Matt has spent a total of six years in solitary confinement ("the hole") without a write up!
On one of these institutional transfers, Matt's entire personal legal file was "lost". Upon bringing a lawsuit in the Ohio Court of Claims, the Ohio Attorney General's office went to the Ashland County Prosecutor's Office and copied their entire case file, providing it to Matt to settle the claim. Contained within the Prosecutor's files was pure gold - evidence Matt knew nothing about and had never seen before, including:
“An examination of the items submitted revealed 2 (two) partial latent prints that contain sufficient ridge detail for finger or palm print comparison.
The unidentified latent prints would be kept in the Richfield BCI files for future comparisons with any subject your department might submit”.
Despite multiple requests to the BCI and multiple pleadings seeking an order to release the prints, or compel a comparison with Matt’s, the Courts refused.
In 2012, the BCI told an attorney acting at Matt’s behest that the prints had been requested to be returned to the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office and, upon inquiry, the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office stated that they were destroyed.