Wrongfully Convicted Fernando Bermudez Speaks Out for Julius Jones
Sep 11, 2020 —
As part of Justice for Julius' recently launched “Facebook Live Fridays,” we are hosting a guest at 6PM CST every Friday on our Facebook page who can share their unique perspective on Julius’ case and why they are working to see him set free.
Last week we heard from Jennifer Thompson, author of “Picking Cotton” and Board President for Healing Justice. Jennifer has a unique perspective as the victim of a violent rape who wrongly identified her perpetrator, Ronald Cotton, who was imprisoned and later exonerated. We talked about what it’s like to navigate the criminal justice system as the victim of a terrible crime and how she came to terms with mistakenly identifying an innocent man. Jennifer has written Gov. Stitt on Julius’ behalf, and we greatly appreciated her sharing her story. If you missed our conversation, make sure to check it out here.
Today I am excited to announce that we will be talking to Fernando Bermudez, a man who spent 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit before being exonerated and released. Fernando was proven innocent in late 2009 with help from pro bono attorneys in Washington, D.C., New Jersey and New York. Mr. Bermudez’s exoneration makes him the first Latin-American male in NY-state legal history exonerated on “actual innocence” grounds. The sole evidence against him involved mistaken and coerced eyewitness identification by five teenagers, who later recanted their testimony.
We’ll continue to host grant new guests each week and to talk about why so many people from so many different walks of life are working to bring Justice for Julius Jones in the form of his commutation and release from prison.
As always, I encourage you to write the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board through our website and ask them to grant Julius clemency. We believe he will have a hearing in the next several months, and we need to make sure our voices are heard.
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