For Immediate Release
David Lerner/Karmen Ross, Riptide Communications 212.260.5000; Jamala Rogers (314) 307-3083
Campaign Salutes NAACP on Resolutions Calling for Justice for Reggie Clemons
ST. LOUIS - The Justice for Reggie Clemons Campaign today welcomed the resolution of the Missouri State Conference of the NAACP, the nation's leading civil rights organization, in support of the nationwide effort to secure justice for Reggie. The resolution was passed at the NAACP's 100th Anniversary Conference being held in New York City.
In its resolution the rights group announced that it has launched a clemency campaign on Reggie's behalf and lauded the decision of the Missouri Supreme Court to appoint a special master to look into the case and investigate claims that Reggie was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. The Court acted in response to a petition for habeas corpus filed by Reggie's attorneys on June 12th.
Jamala Rogers, the coordinator of the Justice for Reggie Clemons Campaign, called the NAACP'S action, "critically important to the struggle for justice in Reggie's case." She added, "we hope and believe that Governor Nixon is paying attention to the numerous and important voices who are urging a fresh look at the very disturbing facts in this case."
In addition to the NAACP, groups including the ACLU, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and high profile individuals including Congressman William Lacy Clay, Danny Glover, Mike Farrell and Bianca Jagger have spoken out on Reggie's behalf.
Reggie was sentenced to death for the 1991 murder of two young women who drowned after plunging from the Chain of the Rocks Bridge into the Mississippi River. He was convicted on the theory that he was an accomplice to the crime even though prosecutors conceded that Clemons neither pushed the women nor planned the crime and there was no physical evidence linking him to the murder.
Moreover, his case was riddled with numerous constitutional violations: Mr. Clemons was physically abused by the police, his defense counsel was grossly incompetent, the prosecutor in the case behaved outrageously and was later convicted of criminal contem