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Marcus Ray Johnson

Marcus Ray Johnson was executed at 10:10pm on Thursday, November 19.

Mr. Johnson has maintained his innocence from the day of his arrest until now and was convicted on the basis of unreliable eyewitness testimony from people who did not see Mr. Johnson commit any crime. Yesterday, Mr. Johnson’s attorneys appealed to the Parole Board for clemency based on actual innocence. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that our criminal justice system is not devoid of error, and we now know that 155 individuals have been released from death rows across the United States, most often due to mistaken witness identification, since 1976.

Mr. Johnson’s  lawyers will present to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday, November 18 at 9:00 am. The Parole Board is the entity in Georgia that has the sole authority to grant or deny clemency (either to commute, or reduce, a death sentence to life without parole.) Only after a person has exhausted all appeals and other avenues of relief will the Parole Board consider granting clemency. 

Take Action

We could really use your help getting the clemency letter signed by Monday afternoon (11/16/15). Marcus' clemency hearing is next Wednesday, 11/18  and his attorneys plan to send the letters in a bundle next Tuesday, 11/17.

How you can help:

1.  Signing the clemency letter and sharing the link widely with your networks to gather as many signatures as we can by Monday, November 16, 2015.

2.  Posting the following tweets to drive signatures to the letter