Pardon Ronnie Long NOW!
Pardon Ronnie Long NOW!
Why this petition matters
Ronnie Long was freed on August 27, 2020. Despite the second highest court in the United States ruling that he is INNOCENT, he still needs NC Governor Cooper to pardon him in order for him to receive $750,000 from the State of NC for his 44 years of wrongful incarceration.
Please help us encourage Governor Cooper to pardon Ronnie. Let's contact him DAILY until he pardons Ronnie.
*Roy Cooper: 919-814-2000 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate to Ronnie Long's welcome home fund. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
Ronnie Long has been wrongfully imprisoned since May 10, 1976. He was finally freed on August 27, 2020.
Ronnie was convicted by an all white jury, with no evidence linking him to the crimes other than the contaminated, cross-racial eye witness identification. We now know how unreliable eye witness identification is, especially cross-racial identification. Ronnie was at home, with his mother, on the telephone when the alleged crime took place. Unfortunately, phone records were not available in 1976.
Detectives withheld exculpatory evidence from Ronnie's defense attorneys in 1976. To this day, the State of North Carolina is still withholding exculpatory evidence! In 2005, the Master Case File was discovered by attorneys with the UNC Innocence Project. This file contained the test results of the evidence that had been withheld in 1976. ALL test results came back NEGATIVE for Ronnie! Despite this newly discovered evidence and proof that the State broke the law, the NC Supreme Court rendered a 3-3 TIE decision with the 7th judge declining to vote in 2008. The 7th judge was allowed to retire without voting and the judge who replaced the retired judge did not feel comfortable making a vote because they did not hear the arguments.
In 2015, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission (NCIIC) found more exculpatory evidence meaning that the State of North Carolina yet again broke the law by not turning over everything pertaining to this case as was ordered by a judge back in 2005! Over 60 fingerprints were taken from the crime scene and they do NOT match Ronnie! A list of 6 other suspects was also discovered. The NCIIC closed Ronnie's case despite finding more exculpatory evidence and is currently refusing to release the files to Ronnie's attorneys. The NCIIC is supposed to be a neutral organization and has never had an issue with sharing files once a case is closed until Ronnie's case.
Ronnie's case is currently in the 4th circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Ronnie had an en banc hearing on May 7, 2020. We are currently awaiting a decision from that hearing.
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