James Prindle: Help set aside the verdict pending an investigation
  • Petitioned Jennifer Nichols, Terri Fratesi.

This petition was delivered to:

District Attorney's Office, Shelby County, Tn.
Jennifer Nichols, Terri Fratesi.
Judge Criminal Court Division 3. Shelby County, Tn
Judge Bobby Carter

James Prindle: Help set aside the verdict pending an investigation

    1. stephen sydebotham
    2. Petition by

      stephen sydebotham

      spring green, WI

 James Prindle was 15 years old when he was arrested for the sexual assault of his twenty three month old sister. This tragic event occurred in Memphis, Tennessee in August, 2010. The problem is the Memphis Police Department and the prosecutor of this case have the wrong person.

Analysis of DNA evidence at the scene shows nothing to support James having sexually assaulted his sister. Someone did, but it was not James. Nothing in James' background supports this charge either. The day this occurred, at least ten people were in and out of the home around the time of the assault, including two juveniles with multiple arrests on their records, another juvenile who admitted that he was alone with the toddler (which is also supported by James' own statement), and others.

The police never conducted a sexual assault examination on any of the suspects. The police took DNA evidence from James and some of the other people in the home at the time this took place, but they did not ask to examine James to determine if there was evidence of the assault on him. This would have provided critical and important evidence since the police were alerted soon after the sexual assault occurred. 

In a flawed trial, a jury convicted James as an adult on June 23rd, 2012. When sentenced, possibly as early as August 24th, 2012, he faces a minimum of 15 years and could receive as many as 45 years. Those who support James—and there are many –believe that he will not survive in the adult prison environment labeled as a convicted child rapist. Just as importantly, this conviction means that the person who actually assaulted a helpless toddler will go unidentified and unpunished.

Please sign this petition asking the prosecutors Jennifer Nichols, Teri Fratesi and the judge of this case Bobby Carter to recognize the inadequacies of this investigation and set aside the verdict pending a probative investigation into this event.


Thank You,

The Redemption Project 


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    Reasons for signing

    • Galen Baughman BLOOMINGTON, IN
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe that someone must be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt; and regardless of guilt, I believe that our society should help those who abuse by giving them the mental health treatment they need to address the underlying psychological or emotional problems that precipitate abusive behavior - all our legal justice system does now is abuse the abuser. The Dalai Lama does a pretty good job of explaining how insane that is.

      • about 2 years ago

      Because in all fairness; it is better that 10 guilty people go free than only 1 innocent person convicted. No innocent man should be sacrificed to make an example and prove a point.

    • Karen Desormeaux SMITHS FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Don't think anyone should b accusd of a crime they never committed they have to stop usin ppl a a scape goat and do their jobs.

    • Wilson Clark MEMPHIS, TN
      • about 2 years ago

      My problem is not with whether they convicted the wrong person.

      My problem is that this boy will be sent to an adult prison where he will be "fresh meat on the block", and will be raped (Mark Luttrerl says it can't happen because its "illegal") several times a day and forced to do blow jobs until by the time he gets out he will be a beast who will do anything without a second thought. TOO BAD HE DIDN'T GET A GOOD LAWYER.

      Someone this age should be worked with, not just thrown away.

    • robin chatham ROCKWALL, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      It appears the prosecutor went with the easiest target without even attempting to find evidence to prove him guilty or not guilty. Too many unanswered questions.


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