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Tell Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to Commute Rocky Myers’ Death Sentence
Rocky Myers, a Black man, has been on death row in Alabama, USA, since 1994. A nearly all-white jury convicted and sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of his white neighbor. The trial judge overrode their decision and imposed a death sentence — a practice now outlawed in Alabama.
In the U.S., the horrible truth is that race is the single biggest predictor of who will be given a death sentence. Black defendants are 7.5 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of murder than white defendants.
Rocky Myers is one of the people who has been treated more harshly by the justice system at every turn, simply because of his race.
Rocky Myers grew up in New Jersey in poverty. At 11, he was diagnosed with an intellectual disability. His assigned lawyer for post-conviction appeals abandoned his case without notice, making him miss key deadlines for judicial appeals.
Key testimonies against him were tainted by inconsistencies and allegations of police pressure, with one later recanted as untrue. Rocky Myers faced execution in 2004 and 2012.
ACT NOW: Tell the Governor of Alabama to address all flaws in his case and commute his death sentence.
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