Free the Wrongfully Convicted Man, John Ortiz-Kehoe

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Hello, my name is Emerald and I need your help. I implore you to sign this petition in support of my fiancé John Kehoe, who is currently serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.

Think of a time when you were accused of something you didn't do. I know, I'm sure you've heard that "I'm innocent" spiel a million times, but this time it's true. John made a series of bad decisions, but never did he commit murder. Not only did the state of Michigan know he wasn't the true killer; they went out of their way to frame him for the actual murder by hiding evidence that would have proven he was innocent. Like most things in the wonderfully flawed American justice system, it was just easier to blame the Latino.

Now imagine being punished for the rest of your life because of that lie. John Ortiz-Kehoe has been imprisoned since 1996, for a crime he didn't commit. I don't say this because I have a personal connection to John, I'm telling you this because I have personally seen the evidence to prove it.

Like most of you, it was easy for me to believe the story I was told about John. I mean, why would prosecutors and detectives lie? And who would make up such a horrific story? I watched the forensic shows and I read the newspaper articles but the more I thought about the case, the more I started to think that their story just didn't add up. I wanted to know more. So, I used the freedom of information act to obtain the actual trial transcripts and police reports. What I read was shocking. Nothing I had been told about the case was true. I have also learned that there are other withheld documents that can prove John was nothing more than an accessory after the fact in Rose Larner's murder and that Bill Brown was the one who actually killed her.

Then I met John; got to know John; talked to people who've known John his entire life. The people I've met, who know John and who know everyone involved in the case; they've all told me the same thing: John shouldn't be in prison. And after learning the true facts of the case, I couldn't let him stay in prison.

That's why I'm here asking for your help. I want to prove that John is innocent. I want you to see what I've seen; hear what I've heard. I want to show the world that the story they've been told about John Ortiz-Kehoe, is incomplete and incorrect.

Remember when I asked you to think of a time when you were accused of something that you didn't do? Since 1996 John has been living that nightmare. And I'm not implying we do not care for the victim and her family, because we do. All we are asking for is a shot a justice. For us and the victim's family. Let's fix this for everyone involved.

Please show some compassion and sign our petition. You won't regret it. John is a good man who has been productive during his time behind bars. Help us give him a shot at the freedom he deserves.

Help free an innocent and wrongfully convicted man who has been unjustly imprisoned. John deserves justice too. So please help bring John home.

Thank you for your time.