Maya Moore, Win With Justice

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Win With Justice is a social action campaign. For too long, a “win” for a prosecutor has been a tally of convictions and trial results often resembling a sports scoreboard. We often track success in our justice system with a simple count, choosing to minimize the complexities of every personal story. We have not adequately valued how our justice system treats those who come into contact with it. Yet if we continue to quantify and value “win-loss” metrics, without considering other indicators of the legitimacy and fairness of our system of justice, we will erode the trust our community must have in those charged with promoting public safety.

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Petitioning Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt

Missouri Attorney General: Let Jonathan Irons Be Free

Jonathan Irons has been in prison for over 23 years for a crime he didn’t commit. All that stands between him and freedom is a big decision from the Missouri Attorney General. And that’s why I need your help today, to make sure the state of Missouri doesn’t stand in the way of an innocent man finally getting justice. I’ve known Jonathan Irons for decades, and over the last year have made it my number one priority to draw attention to his case. Jonathan was sentenced in 1998 to 50 years in prison for a burglary and robbery, even though no DNA evidence, fingerprints, physical evidence, or footprint evidence collected ever linked Jonathan to the crime. Police even told an eyewitness to “guess” Jonathan’s identity when they questioned him back then!  Thousands have spoken out about Jonathan’s case, and because of this renewed attention, Jonathan’s case was revisited in October 2019 in a Jefferson City court. I was in the courtroom then with over 100,000 signatures on a petition to free Jonathan.  And just this month, we got amazing news: the judge ruled that Jonathan’s conviction should be overturned.  In a 37-page ruling, the judge said that prosecutors had initially suppressed evidence that would have helped Jonathan’s case back in the 1990s, and called the case against Jonathan “very weak and circumstantial at best.” The news means that in a matter of days, Jonathan Irons could walk out of prison a free man.  What a long and hard road it has been to see this conviction overturned but it has finally happened. But as excited as Jonathan and his supporters are to have the truth of his wrongful conviction finally proven, we still aren't home free.  Jonathan’s full freedom is pending on the Missouri Attorney General's office and the St. Charles County Prosecutor's office to publicly state they will not refute this ruling. Will you please stand with me and demand that they stand by this ruling, so that Jonathan – who has spent 20+ years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit – can go free? The Attorney General now has up to 15 days to decide whether he wants to appeal this judge’s ruling. If he does so, he could block Jonathan from being released from prison, and would have to stand by all of the questionable, weak, and circumstantial evidence used to originally convict Jonathan.  I can’t let that happen to my friend, and I need your help one last time to make sure Jonathan walks out of prison by the end of this month, knowing that justice has been served.  More than 10,000 people are wrongfully convicted of crimes each year, and right now we have a moment to overturn one of these cases. With your help, we can send a loud message that it’s time to free Jonathan Irons, end all wrongful convictions, and get justice for a man who has spent two decades of his life serving a sentence for a crime he did not commit. Will you join me in using your voice to implore Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt to remove any obstacles that fight against the release of a person who has been wrongfully convicted for over 23 years?

Maya Moore, Win With Justice
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Petitioning District Attorney of Saint Charles County

Demand a Fair Trial for Jonathan Irons, Wrongfully Convicted Since Age 16

Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997 for a crime that he did not commit. He was just 16 years old at the time and arrested for the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner during a burglary -- even though no DNA evidence, fingerprints, physical evidence, or footprint evidence collected ever linked Jonathan to the crime.  I’ve known Jonathan for over a decade, and I’m fighting to make sure his case gets a fair review and calling attention to the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe resulted in Jonathan being wrongfully sent to prison for 50 years as a teenager. Will you stand with me and demand new evidence be considered? Jonathan’s conviction was based solely on unreliable eyewitness testimony. Credible witnesses who could have provided testimony to Jonathan’s whereabouts during the time of the crime were never brought to court to testify, and Jonathan was interrogated by authorities without a guardian or attorney present, even though he was a minor. Moreover, when the shooting victim indicated that he couldn’t identify his shooter, police officers told him to give his “best guess” which led to his guess of Jonathan. Jonathan has now been in prison for 22 years, for a crime I know and thousands of others know he didn’t commit. I met Jonathan through a family member’s prison ministry program when I was 18. I was shocked and horrified to discover that this was happening to someone who was only a couple years younger than I was at the time of his arrest. I was even more shocked to learn that over 10,000 people may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year and that prosecutorial misconduct is rampant in communities across the United States. I’m dedicating my life to freeing Jonathan the same way I dedicated myself to each game in the WNBA. And it’s why I need your help today. I urge you to join me in asking Judge Daniel Green and Missouri Assistant Attorney General Patrick J. Logang, the Office of the Missouri State Attorney General and the Office of the District Attorney of Saint Charles County to take into account the undeniable facts of Jonathan’s case, and provide justice for Jonathan Irons once and for all.

Maya Moore, Win With Justice
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