Channeling Justice- Getting Parole for Rodney K. Stanberry

July 14, 2013
Channeling Justice- Getting Parole for Rodney K. Stanberry

Without getting in specific cases outside of Rodney’s, sometimes the criminal justice system disappoints us.  Even so, I remain optimistic, as Rodney said to a radio host in response to his continued belief in the system, perhaps it is a character defect ( ).
Rodney K. Stanberry was arrested in 1992, convicted in 1995 and began serving what amounts to a 20 year prison sentence in 1997. He was convicted even as another individual confessed 3 years BEFORE his trial. He was convicted because the state (prosecutor) ignored the evidence of innocence in favor of a theory.  He was convicted solely based on eyewitness misidentification.  The Alabama and Mobile Bar Association should explore the tactics used by the prosecutor to get this conviction.
Rodney will soon have his third parole hearing.  I am more certain than ever that like a football team in the Super Bowl that we must leave everything on the field.  There can be no “We should have done this or that.” We have a limited time to continue to do what must be done to get some justice for Rodney, to obtain his freedom THIS YEAR, possibly as soon as next month. This would, of course, be a limited freedom as exoneration is complete freedom, although it does not make up for the more than two decades (from the time the crimes took place and Rodney’s efforts to help the police made him a suspect) of the nightmare that he has and continues to experience.
I’ve devoted 16+years of my life to my cousin. Since  2009, I made even more career and personal sacrifices with his 2013 hearing in mind, it has been and is a daily grind, but there are so many results that we can point to. A lot of groundwork has been laid in anticipation of his parole hearing. Nevertheless, we see time and time again that no matter the publicity, no matter the activism, no matter the level of support, that the criminal justice system does not always work in the way that we believe it should.  It hurts. It is disappointing. But no matter how we may sometimes feel about the system, we cannot give up. We are in the 4th quarter, if Rodney is granted parole, it is a step towards justice. If he is denied parole, he has to remain in prison until 2017, a full 20 years in prison, a full 25 years dealing with this nightmare. Justice is never served when the wrong person is convicted.
The State will do all that they can to ensure that he is not granted parole; Mobile County District Attorney Ashley  Rich will likely send one of her attorneys to the hearing; but they must know that you know about Rodney’s case and that you are watching.  Innocence should matter.
Artemesia Stanberry
PS What Can you do?
Below is the contact information for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. You can write in support of Rodney. Please be respectful. Read about Rodney’s case and, in this
Boston Review article by Beth Schwartzapfel, you will hear the voices of  various parties involved in Rodney’s case (Who shot Valerie Finley)
The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

301 South Ripley Street
PO Box 302405
Montgomery, Al 36130-2405
Telephone:  (334) 353-7771, 353-8067
FAX:  (334) 242-1809
TDD:  (334)242-0110
Below is the contact information for District Attorney Ashley Rich. You can ask if she plans to work to block Rodney’s chances at parole.
Ashley Rich • Mobile County District Attorney • P.O. Box 2841 • Mobile, AL 36652 •
(251) 574-8400 and
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