Sign the Petition to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-alabama-board-of-pardons-and-paroles-grant-parole-to-rodney-k-stanberry July 2013
: http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-district-attorney-ashley-rich-reopen-and-reinvestigate-rodney-k-stanberry-s-case#. NEW PETITION REGARDING RODNEY's Upcoming Parole Hearing: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-alabama-board-of-pardons-and-paroles-grant-parole-to-rodney-k-stanberry July 2013
A Gun Enthusiast Tries to Keep Guns Out of the Wrong Hands, the result? He is wrongfully convicted. Rodney begins his 17th year in prison on March 25th, 2013: http://freerodneystanberry.com/blog/2013/02/20/gun-control-what-happened-when-a-gun-enthusiast-tried-to-stop-the-sale-of-weapons-the-case-of-rodney-k-stanberry/
Click here for a link to the petition Please, especially if you are in Alabama, ask members of your church, community organization (s), friends, family, classmates, etc to review this information about Rodney's case and ask them to consider signing the petition. Let's at least get a total of 420 signatures by Rodney's 42nd birthday on April 27, 2011. We will be going on at least one radio show to promote this petition.
On March 25th, 2011, Rodney began his 15th year in prison. Rodney's 42nd birthday is on April 27th. I'm hoping to have at least 42 people sign and have others to sign the petition by the 27th. Please send me your email address if you want the petition sent via email or join the Free Rodney Stanberry Facebook page. Thank you and Peace.
Petition to Mobile District Attorney Ashley Rich
Mobile, AL 36652
We, the signers of this petition, call upon you to reopen the investigation into the wrongful conviction of Rodney K. Stanberry. He should be immediately released from prison.
Rodney was arrested and convicted in spite of a confession by another individual, documents, managers, and co-workers placing Rodney at work when the crimes occurred, eyewitnesses placing the person who confessed to the crimes at the scene of the crime, and the passing of a lie detector test by Compu-Screen Systems, Inc. Rodney’s only crime was being too helpful to law enforcement in pursuing the true perpetrators of the crime, and he is currently being punished for being innocent and refusing to admit to a crime that he did not commit.
He has not been and by all indications will not be granted parole because he continues to maintain his innocence. This is perceived by some as a lack of remorse. In fact, it is his refusal to admit to a crime that he did not commit even though such an admission could factor into his being released. Rodney was arrested in 1992, tried and convicted in 1997, and began serving his prison sentence in March 1997. March 25th, 2011, Rodney K. Stanberry began his 15th year in prison for crimes he did not commit.
Former Mobile Assistant District Attorney (ADA)
Buzz Jordan, who successfully tried the case, entered a Motion in Limine which turned into hearsay both the confession by one of the people involved and the existence of the person who actually shot the victim. This meant that the jury never heard the confession- it was suppressed by the DA's office!
In fact, while telling the media that the person the DA said was the shooter would be brought from New York to face trial, ADA Buzz Jordan told the judge “And then there are two people from
New York supposedly,… I’m not vouching that any of these people exist or did exist, because there are serious questions about that as well.”
Not only did he hear about their existence by the person he gave testimonial immunity to, but it was discovered before and during Rodney’s appeal that he did visit one of the people involved, but he claimed to only have been “on vacation” in New York and only went to Riker’s Island prison to see if the individual existed. No one was ever tried except for Rodney. The person the ADA visited in New York, Rene Whitecloud, in a written statement, also exonerated Rodney.
In sum, a confession was made in front of Assistant District Attorney Buzz Jordan. He later issued a Motion in Limine to suppress the confession, as if it did not exist. Judge Ferrill McRae, while expressing concern about the motion, granted it. The ADA knew about the existence of individuals in New York , he had sight proof and a written statement from one of the individuals, but in his Motion in Limine, he got that treated as hearsay as well. It does neither the victim, nor the taxpayers of Mobile , any good when the District Attorney's office ignores evidence of innocence in order to get a conviction. We, as a society, should do and expect better than that. Justice is not being served by continuing to keep an innocent man in prison.
DA Ashley Rich, you are beginning your term as the District Attorney for Mobile County. While you have worked as an Assistant District Attorney under former District Attorney John Tyson, Jr., how the office operates in the pursuit of justice is now for you to determine. You have the opportunity to correct a grave injustice. Tyson opted to leave office without seeking true justice, leaving this for you to do. During the campaign, you said the following in response to a question about the Duke LaCrosse case:
"If as a prosecutor you do not disclose exculpatory evidence, your career is over. Integrity is something that is so important because when you are a prosecutor, you not only have the duty to prosecute people and to put people in jail, but you also have a duty to uphold the law. You have the duty to do that with integrity and with the ethical standards in place... You must disclose exculpatory evidence because if you don't, nothing good comes from it and essentially you have prosecuted someone who may not have committed the crimes because you didn't disclose exculpatory evidence. It is good that we have the Duke LaCrosse case as an example of what not to do." (September 16, 2010
DA Ashley Rich, please do the right thing—release Rodney K. Stanberry. You have the power to pursue justice. You have the power to bring about true justice for the victim and the victim’s family, Rodney, his family, and the citizens of
Alabama. Justice will always find its way to the light.
Name and Address
Please send the completed petition to Free Rodney K. Stanberry,
P.O. Box 13321, Durham, NC 27709
. For more information, go to www.freerodneystanberry.com or go to the Free Rodney K. Stanberry page on Facebook.
As you see under the key documents page, someone confessed to the crimes and exonerated Rodney. The person who confessed was granted testimonial immunity by Assistant District Attorney Buzz Jordan under one condition, that he tells the truth. After his confession, Jordan asked if he'd been offered lunch meat in return for his confession! Jordan believed that someone would confess to cover for someone he did not know for lunch meat! Jordan said he never believed Moore's confession and never will. So, he got the confession supressed- even though it was made in front of him- thus the jury did not hear it. I am wondering and hoping that an attorney can tell me if this is keeping with the integrity and ethical standards in place.
Rodney Stanberry's case is a clear case of the evidence not fitting the prosecutor's theory, thus tunnel vision occurred. Rodney is beginning his 15th year as a convicted innocent. If there is an attorney in Alabama willing to work pro bono or close to it, you will see that this is an easy case to win. It should have been an open and shut case.
It is one thing to use tunnel vision to get a conviction, it is yet another thing to keep an innocent man in prison because you don’t want to admit that mistakes were made.
If you haven't done so, please watch the movie Conviction.
Please click on this link about eyewitness identification, courtest of the Innocence Project.