Release Jeanette Branham
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Jeanette Branham was brutally abused by her second husband during their marriage. She was punched, kicked, slapped, raped, beaten, thrown into the walls and shoved down stairs, often suffering severe injuries including broken bones. She was unable to escape a man who put her life in constant danger. One day in 1987, her husband began beating her and threatening to kill her. He knocked her to the ground. The only way to get away from him alive was to fight back. Jeanette rolled under the bed and grabbed the gun that was kept there for household protection. At that moment, it was her life or his, and she chose hers. She took aim and shot him, with the purpose of wounding him enough that she could escape.
While he was allowed to live out the rest of his days in peace, Jeanette was tried for attempted murder. 30 years ago, battered women were not allowed to present evidence of the abuse they suffered when they were on trial. Her attorney and the Judge convinced her to plead guilty, telling her she would be released in 7 years. That was 25 years ago, and, at 76, she still sits in jail.
The Parole Board has rightfully recognized that Jeanette is suitable for parole, so now it is up to Governor Brown to determine whether or not she will be released. Please help me call on Governor Brown to uphold my friend Jeannette’s parole ruling and let her enjoy her remaining years free and in peace.
I met Jeanette in prison while I was serving a sentence of 32 years to life for a crime I didn't commit. I have continued to support Jeanette after my exoneration and release because she is a decent, caring woman who paid her debt to society a long time ago.
She deserves her freedom, and I am asking you to help us make that happen. Please sign my petition asking Gov. Jerry Brown to uphold Jeannette’s parole ruling and set her free.
Thank you for your support.
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