Action Alert: Take Action for Marcus Ray Johnson

posted Nov 11, 2015, 12:35 PM by GFADP staff   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 12:56 PM ]

As you know, Marcus Ray Johnson has an execution date for next Thursday, November 19 at 7:00pm. We’re writing today to ask you to sign a letter of support for Mr. Johnson and to spread the word to others in your community.

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. 

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

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

We will keep everyone updated on new developments.

With hope,