Target: John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana
Goal: Release rapper who was convicted of manslaughter despite evidence of his innocence.
Rap artist Mac Phipps has been in prison for manslaughter since 2000 despite the fact that no forensic evidence linked him to the crime and another man confessed to it. Last year, five witnesses who testified for the prosecution in the case told The Huffington Post that police officers and prosecutors bullied them into blaming the crime on Phipps. This clearly indicates that Mac Phipps should not have been convicted.
The witness who testified that she saw Phipps fire the fatal shot told Huffington Post that the district attorney in charge of the case came to her house and threatened her, saying that she would give birth to her baby in prison if she did not testify. It is beyond horrifying that a district attorney threatened to send a pregnant woman to jail unless she committed perjury to imprison an innocent man. The D.A. resigned last year when the federal government launched an investigation into his campaign funds and side businesses.
It is obvious that Mac Phipps was convicted by a corrupt prosecutor’s office with fabricated evidence. Sixteen years of his life have been stolen. The only way to right this wrong is to release him from prison immediately. Sign the petition below to encourage the governor to grant him clemency.
Dear Governor Edwards,
I want to urge you to grant clemency to a prisoner named Mac Phipps, who has been in prison since 2000 for manslaughter. Recently, witnesses who testified for the prosecution in this case have recanted their statements, saying that they were intimidated or even threatened into giving testimony that would convict Phipps for the crime. There was no physical evidence against Phipps. Another man confessed to the crime. It is obvious that he should not have been convicted.
This case was not only a gross miscarriage of justice; it was a blatant attempt to subvert justice. Our criminal justice system must always seek the truth, punish the guilty, and protect the innocent. When it fails—or, in this case, does not even try—people have no reason to trust the justice system. They only way to restore that trust is to correct the mistakes that have been made.
I urge you to right this wrong, Governor. Mac Phipps has already served 16 years for a manslaughter conviction, and has caused no trouble while serving his time. He has suffered enough. I urge you to grant him clemency so that he can reclaim what is rightfully his—his freedom.
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