- John Bel EdwardsGovernor
Grant McKinley Phipps Jr. Clemency
McKinley “Mac” Phipps has been in prison for 15 years for a crime he did not commit. Phipps was a New Orleans rap artist with no criminal record. In 2000, while Phipps was preparing to perform at a local club, a fight broke out and ended in the tragic shooting death of a young man. Instead of doing a thorough investigation, the police pegged McKinley Phipps as their scapegoat. He has been behind bars ever since.
Since there was no physical evidence linking Phipps to the crime, the police used his explicit rap lyrics to portray him as a violent person capable of murder. Later, independent investigations found that the police coerced eyewitnesses to say Phipps was guilty. Some were even threatened with blame for the murder if they didn’t implicate him. Many have since rescinded their accusations.
The misconduct of investigators led to Phipps’ conviction and 30 years-to-life sentence. In recent years, a number of organizations have further investigated his case, and have supported his innocence. Phipps is an innocent man, and he deserves clemency.
During Phipps’ 15-year incarceration, he has been a model inmate. He has served as head of the music program at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, and recently participated in the cleanup effort after deadly tornadoes ripped through southern Louisiana. Phipps has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a humanitarian award, and he routinely counsels other inmates. It is my belief that he has the potential to succeed if released, and will again become an asset to society.
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John Bel Edwards
Dear Governor John Bel Edwards,
We the undersigned support clemency for McKinley Phipps. We believe that the unique facts of his case, his record as an inmate, and his potential to contribute to society in meaningful ways if released make him an ideal candidate for clemency.
A promising recording artist, Mr. Phipps had a clean criminal record before he was charged in the shooting of a young man at a concert in 2000. Mr. Phipps was ultimately convicted of manslaughter, despite questionable witnesses and a lack of physical evidence, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Mr. Phipps case has received widespread media attention in recent years. Numerous articles have been written about it. We respectfully invite you to read the in-depth series about him at www.huffingtonpost.com/news/mckinley-phipps
During Mr. Phipps 16-year incarceration he has been a model inmate. He has served as head of the music program at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center and recently participated in the cleanup effort after deadly tornadoes ripped through southern Louisiana. Mr. Phipps has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a humanitarian award, and he routinely counsels other inmates.
It is our belief that regardless of what led to Mr. Phipps’ conviction, he has potential to succeed if released and will again become an asset to society. For these reasons, we hope that you will give serious consideration to granting Mr. Phipps’ clemency. Your kind consideration in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Agreed upon by the undersigned.
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