Justice for Terrell McClinton

Justice for Terrell McClinton

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Charles Hannah started this petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Governor; Judicial Tenure Commission and

On February 29, 2012, Terrell McClinton was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder and Habitual Offender, by a jury of his peers. His sentencing judge, the Honorable James Kingsley, then sentenced Mr. McClinton to a term of 300 to 600 months in prison. Let us not forget that in this particular instance, the unfortunate loss of life resulted from a fight that went bad. 

Strangely enough however, approximately 1 year later the Honorable James Kingsley of the 37th Judicial Circuit Court, sentenced a white defendant (Jason Horn) who had committed the exact same crime, to a term of 11 months and 27 days in the county jail.

The "Blueprint for Smart Justice in Michigan " printed by the ACLU in 2014 had this to say about sentencing disparities. "In Michigan, mass incarceration has severely and adversely impacted communities of color. In 2014, Black people were imprisoned at nearly seven times the rate of their white counterparts. In the same year, while Black people constituted only 14% of the total state population, they made up 54% of the Michigan prison population. One in 21 Black men in Michigan was imprisoned in 2014. The Honorable James Kingsley appears to fall right in line with this rationale, especially as it relates to the manner in which he determined Terrell McClinton's sentence. 

On May 6, 2021, I submitted a complaint with the Judicial Tenure Commission, only to be told by Executive Director Lynn Helland, that my complaint would not be investigated because the Honorable James Kingsley has since passed away. 

Please help us in our efforts to get Terrell McClinton a fair sentence. Thank you.

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