Target: Eric Holcomb, Governor-elect of Indiana
Goal: Uphold promise to pardon Keith Cooper of crimes he did not commit.
A pardon request for Keith Cooper, a man who was falsely convicted of armed robbery, went ignored for years due to the negligence of Mike Pence, Trump’s pick for vice president. At an election debate, the man Indiana elected as their new governor indicated he would pardon this innocent man if elected. Though the two other candidates by his side said they would sign the paperwork immediately, Eric Holcomb showed more reluctance, citing the need to review evidence, and he even supported Pence’s hesitation on the matter. As soon as Holcomb is given the ability, he should comply with the pardon request, which was recommended by the Indiana Board of Parole.
Cooper spent 10 years in prison after being charged with armed robbery. During that time, his wife and children were often homeless, and even though new DNA testing allowed him to walk free, he finds it difficult to get a good job to support his family. Pardoning Cooper of this crime, which he did not commit, would clear his record and allow him the employment opportunities available to everyone else. Sign this petition to demand that Indiana’s new governor uphold his promise to pardon Cooper.
Dear Governor-elect Holcomb,
Keith Cooper has waited too long for the day he will finally enjoy the freedoms every other innocent American takes advantage of. Though the Indiana Board of Parole recommended that he be pardoned, Pence still ignored his request. It will soon be in your power to do the right thing.
DNA testing proved Cooper was innocent. He has a wife and children he wishes to support but it is hard to do with the dark, criminal record that sits on his shoulders. I demand that you uphold the promise you made at your election debate and pardon Cooper as soon as you assume office.
[Your Name Here]
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