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  • Petitioned Acting Attorney General

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State of Alaska Attorney General
Acting Attorney General
District Attorney
Michael Gray
Mayor of the City of Fairbanks
Jerry Cleworth
Chief of Police, Fairbanks Police Department
Laren Zager
Free the Fairbanks Four
All Entities and Persons Capable of Taking Action
Alaska Governor
President of the United States
Alaska State Senate
Alaska State House
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Free the Fairbanks Four

    1. April Lynn
    2. Petition by

      April Lynn

      Fairbanks, AK

We protest the continued wrongful imprisonment of Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease, George Frese, and Marvin Roberts.

The four Native American men were convicted of a brutal 1997 murder with absolutely no physical evidence against them. None knew the victim. All had alibis. In court the D.A. argued that the alibis must be ignored because of their race. Exculpatory evidence was deliberately left uncollected. For these reasons and many, many, more, we call for an investigation into their trials, interrogations, and the investigation that led to their arrest and incarceration to verify the many accusations of public corruption, racism, civil rights violations, police, and court misconduct.

We want the Attorney General to review this case, the Fairbanks District Attorney to review this case, the Fairbanks Police Department to review the case and the original investigation, and  also test the only DNA from the scene, which did not match the victim or accused, against the current offender database. We want the Mayor of Fairbanks to ensure that these steps are taken locally.  We want our State and National elected representatives to ask for these steps to be taken at all levels. We want Governor Parnell to insist that all of these basic steps are taken at local and State levels, and to pursue any executive clemency available to the Fairbanks Four.

We further support any legal, procedural, political, or other avenues that will allow for the release and of Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease, George Frese, and Marvin Roberts through pardon, commutation, or parole, or other means and support any action that will result in exoneration of these men.

14.5 years of injustice is too long. It is time to Free the Fairbanks Four!!

We encourage all recipients of this email to read more about the case at www.thefairbanksfour.com, through the Newsminer Decade of Doubt series, or at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Hartman Murder Files site.

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    Reasons for signing

    • J R Erickson NORTH POLE, AK
      • 6 months ago

      It is important to everyone that the legal system works. Not with prejudice but with honor and justice for those who are guilty as well as those who are innocent. All the facts in this case indicate that justice was not served and that the people responsible for John Hartmann's death are still out there. That is why its important to everyone. The real culprits are still out there and on the loose. They need to be brought to justice and the people who allowed such a travesty of justice need to be held accountable. There are those who would say they were judged by their peers...but with important evidence withheld, deliberately, they too, should be held to even a higher standard of justice for allowing innocent people to be jailed.

    • Mary Foley LYNN, MA
      • 7 months ago

      The justice system is not justice!

    • Flyn Ludington FAIRBANKS, AK
      • 7 months ago

      I believe in justice for the innocent.

    • Beverly Frey FAIRBANKS, AK
      • 7 months ago

      As more facts come out it seems clear that the police and prosecutor were guilty of misconduct in this case. The State of Alaska is unwilling to admit a miscarriage of justice. After hearing the stories, I'm convinced that these men are innocent. Please exonerate them.

    • mellissa mahlen FAIRBANKS, AK
      • 8 months ago

      because these men are the same age as me and it makes my blood boil to read all the injustices that have been imposed on these four courageous men..


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