Target: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
Goal: Release man still held in prison despite changes in the law he originally violated.
A man is still in prison for breaking a law that has been amended to the point that others have been released after committing the same offense. Rick Wershe, Jr., who was dubbed “White Boy Rick,” was 17 in 1987 when he was caught with eight kilos of cocaine and almost $30,000. He was given life without parole under Michigan’s harsh “650-Lifer Law,” which gave life without parole to anyone caught with over 650 grams of cocaine.
Wershe was still a minor at the time and, famously, was also working as an informant for the FBI in Detroit’s cocaine boom of the late 1980s. Wershe allegedly infiltrated drug rings and soon become the city’s kingpin. In doing so, he turned himself into the enemy of the FBI, which later arrested him. His court case was infamously corrupt, with multiple officers later admitting to tampering with evidence and making up claims against Wershe to punish him for snitching on officers.
The 650-Lifer Law was later amended to be less harsh, and many of the people originally arrested under it have gone free. But Wershe is still in prison. In prison, he has aided law enforcement in the breakup of a violent gang and has stopped two murder-for-hire plots. He also ran an undercover operation from inside prison that led to the arrest of 11 “dirty” police officers.
Many people claim he is still in prison solely because of corruption and ill will. Wershe has shown largely good behavior and should be rewarded with freedom for his 27 years behind bars. Write to Michigan’s Attorney General to demand he be set free.
Dear General Schuette,
We are writing to demand the release of Richard Wershe, Jr., from prison. He has been behind bars for 27 years for a hefty drug charge. However, he was a minor at the time of his sentencing and has shown remarkable good behavior in prison by continuing to give information on corruption, as well as helping break up criminal activity by other inmates.
The 650-Lifer Law that got Wershe life without parole has been downgraded, and many of the other people arrested under it have been set free or have been given lighter sentences. There is no reason to still hold Wershe to that law. While he was caught with a tremendous amount of cocaine, he was also still working with the FBI.
Many people believe that because Wershe worked to bring down corrupt police officers, he is being held in prison out of spite. His trial was mishandled, with officers later admitting they fabricated stories to slander him. Please consider finally giving Wershe his freedom after 27 long years.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: The DEA