Grant Ronald L. Rhodes Clemency
  • Petitioned Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback

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Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback

Grant Ronald L. Rhodes Clemency

    1. Petition by

      M. Hinkin

      KS

Ronnie Rhodes has been in prison more than 30 years for a murder he has always insisted he did not commit. A recent investigation into his case by law students studying wrongful convictions at the Washburn University School of Law strongly suggests that Mr. Rhodes is innocent of fatally stabbing Cleother Burrell in 1981. The investigation shows that the case was plagued by inadequate police investigation and questionable testimony, primarily from the victim's roommate, whose clothes, hands, and shoes were covered in the victim's blood and who at first lied to the police about the source of the blood, then claimed he was an eyewitness to the stabbing and blamed Mr. Rhodes.

Yet the evidence that could finally exonerate Mr. Rhodes -- including hairs from the victim's fingernails (visually consistent with the roommates' hair) which could identify the assailant through DNA testing not available at the time of Mr. Rhodes' trial -- has been either lost or destroyed by the police department. The law students' investigation and subsequent discovery that crucial evidence is no longer available is chronicled in "Presumed Guilty," an online blog series by Ron Sylvester, legal affairs reporter with the Wichita Eagle. See http://www.kansas.com/presumedguilty/

In Kansas, only the Governor has the power to grant a pardon or commutation of sentence for a miscarriage of justice. Please sign this petition to let Gov. Brownback know that 30 years is more than enough and that you support executive clemency for Ronnie Rhodes.

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    • Phillip Crown IOLA, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      When the quilt is as questionable as this is and he has already served 30 yrs, it would seem to me that clemency is more than justified. Also, why was evidence lost that might have proven his innocence?

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    • David Colburn MARION, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      After receiving the request to sign the petition, I reviewed everything I could find about this case. There are too many questions, too many errors. I firmly believe Mr. Rhodes should be granted a pardon or have his sentence commuted.

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    • Jackie Robinson WICHITA, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      I was the court reporter at his trial 30 years ago.

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Police misconduct will lead to unlawful convictions to close a case out; Mr. Rhodes, deserves another trial.

      Tell Sacramento county it's the 21st century and follow LA, Santa Clara, San Diego, county's who have an Independent Police Auditor.

      http://www.change.org/petitions/sacramento-sheriffs-dept-sacramento-board-of-supervisors-tell-sacramento-sheriff-scott-jones-to-enforce-all-penal-codes?share_id=qNHjGmzmuU&

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    • Christina Waugh TOPEKA, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      Evidence indicates that Mr. Rhodes may be innocent. As long as there is doubt, he sould not be on death row.

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