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/
Ashley Rich, a Mobile Assistant DA for 14 years and current candidate to replace John Tyson, Jr. said on a radio show in Mobile, AL on September 16, 2010 during the 7am (cst) hour in response to a question about the Duke LaCrosse case and prosecutors withholding exculpatory evidence: "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." She went on to say that she would reopen a case and evidence should be reviewed. You be the judge. (Note Ashley Rich was elected and is now the Mobile County District Attorney).
Sept.16 7am hour
Thu, 16 Sep 2010 10:58:28 -0400 (if the link doesn't work, this one should:Ashley Rich Radio Interview and/or http://freerodneystanberry.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/u7am0916AshleyRich.mp3 )
Her remarks about the Duke case can be heard at around the 12 minute mark. I wonder how she feels about Connick v. Thompson (I don't really wonder how she feels as District Attorneys have weighed in on the case. I'm looking forward to the ruling of the Supreme Court.
Addendum: The Supreme Court didn't rule the way that would have led to more accountability by DA offices. Here's a CNN recap- March 29, 2011.
I included a discussion about Connick v. Thompson in a proposal I wrote to establish an innocence project in Alabama.
WHY DO DISTRICT ATTORNEYS LACK A MORAL COMPASS WHEN IT COMES TO THE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED?
Check out this article following the Supreme Court's unfortunate ruling in Connick v. Thompson: Failure of Empathy and Justice.
Check out this New York Times piece by John Thompson- A must read. Prosecutors played with his life!!!!
This statement took place in the law offices of Clark, Deen & Copeland. Assistant DA Buzz Jordan was present and gave testimonial immunity to Terrell Moore. Once Moore essentially confessed to the crimes and exonerated Rodney, ADA Buzz Jordan could not arrest him due to the terms of this immunity agreement that HE gave to Moore on April 2, 1993.
Understand this, the DA's office has conviced the victim and the jury that Rodney and Rene Whitecloud committed the crimes when he had Moore's statement that stated that it was he (Moore) and Angel Melendez. He could no longer touch Moore, by trial Wish was dead by a violent crime, Rene was in prison in New York, so Rodney remained the one person that could be tried, so the DA's office wants to family, the jury, the public to forget that someone else confessed to being at the house when the victim was shot and confessed who was the only person with him, the actual shooter, Melendez. See provision #3 of this testimonial immunity and then read the link below from Rodney's Rule 32 hearing- again, the DA's office wants to conveniently ignore Moore's confession. Jordan had already arrested Rodney by the time of this testimonial immunity was given and confession was made by Moore on April 2, 1993, he had the victim's statement that Rodney was at her house (see link below on statement and link under eyewitness misidentification), and he had a theory, everything else were inconvenient truths. By the way, Rene's statement that the DA's office also had by this time corroborates Terrell's testimony!
During Rodney's Rule 32 Hearing (Post Conviction Hearing requesting a new trial), Moore happened to be in the Mobile county lock-up. Rodney notified his attorney and Moore was brought to the stand to the surprise of Assistant District Attorney Martha Tierney. See how she reacted. She was not going to let him say what she already knew, that he confessed, knew details about the victim's home that only someone who was there would know. The DA's office continues to perpetuate the false statement that the victim identified Rodney from the time she got out of a coma. The ADA perpetuates the belief that Moore, someone who did not know Rodney was confessing to a crime to protect Rodney. It makes no sense, but they have long been concerned about the conviction and not the truth, which is anti-justice and anti-victim, as no one receives true justice when the wrong person is convicted.
Buzz Jordan on Terrell Moore- I Never Believed He Was Involved with these crimes and never will believe it.
Terrell Moore on Terrell Moore- I was involved, I was at the house, I saw who shot Ms. Finley, and it was Angel Wish Melendez- we were the only two at the house, Rodney had nothing to do with this.
It is a sad day when the person who commits a crime is more truthful than the people paid by taxpayers to uphold the law.
The victim's initial interview with Detective Fletcher. Notice that a voice on the transcript says she doesn't now who did this. The Detective provides photos (supplied by Rodney that included his friends) and said do you recognize anyone on this picture who could have been at your house. When he pointed to Rodney, the victim squeezed a hand in response that he could have been at her house.
Buzz Jordan's Motion in Limine: He successfully offered this at the trial virtually ruling the confession, the existence of the individuals from New York and others with knowledge about the case as hearsay. At the Rule 32 hearing it was argued by Rodney's attorney that perhaps the judge ruled correctly on this during trial but a subsequent case allows for hearsay to be balanced by evidence that could support the defendent. My argument is that in this Motion in Limine, Jordan said that everything was hearsay that Rodney presented, and he questionned the existence of the confession, the individuals from New York and so on. When he offered this, he knew the confession had been made in his office and that he personally went to New York to see one of the individuals known. Yet, in court he said there are doubts about the existence of these individuals and that probably influenced the judge's decision to grant him the Motion.
More instruction to jury- one page (Correction, the link is actually an important discussion about Rene Whitecloud's statement. Click and read.
Judge Ferrill McRae's Rule 32 Order denying Rodney a new trial. It reads as if it were written by the Mobile District Attorney's Office. On the very second page it mentions a murder for hire scheme that never existed. But the way they can get the victim and victim's family to believe that Rodney was involved and that the person who confessed was lying is that they said that "the evidence also tended to show that the motive was to steal the guns and to kill the victim at her husband's behest." The DA's office never presented evidence like that and never attempted to arrest, let alone, prosecute the husband. In short, they misled to get a conviction and continue to do so so that they will not be questioned by the victim's family. Terell Moore's confession refuted their claim so prosecutor Buzz Jordan refused to believe it even asking Moore, someone on probation, someone who was not friends with Rodney, if he'd been offered lunch meat in exchange for his confession. The truth did not and does not matter to the Mobile District Attorney's Office, the conviction does. The conviction is what feeds them, justice and the truth, not so much.
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