Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana: Overturn the false conviction of Leon Benson
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Would you seek justice for your brother, cousin, uncle or any family member if they were sentenced to a term of 60 years in prison for a crime that they did not commit? If your answer is yes, please help us to seek justice for innocent prisoner Leon Benson who is now 36 years old and has served over 13 years in prison for a crime that he did not committ.
Leon was falsely convicted of a homicide. The reason why we have chosen to clearly define and use the term "falsely" as opposed to "wrongly" convicted is due to the fact that "wrongly convicted prisoners" are still guilty of their crime, but to be falsely convicted means, the prisoner is absolutely innocent of the crime they were convicted of. In Leon’s case there were obvious technicalities in his legal trial process which led to a false conviction.
With every claim of innocence there must exist corroborating evidence (i.e. physical, DNA, technical, or testimonial evidence). And in Leon’s case the exonerating evidence was testimonial. The search for truth came down to one person's testimony over another!
Due to the fact that in Leon's case the exonerated evidence is testimonial, he provided documents to support and demonstrate his innocence but it was unjustly undermined and manipulated by the prosecution. Since Leon's conviction he was able to locate witnesses who are willing to testify under oath and provide further documentation to prove his innocence.
According to a post by the Innocence Project, few studies have shown that an estimate between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are innocent (for context, if just 1% of all prisoners are innocent, that would mean that more than 20,000 innocent people are in prison).
We know that Truth Never Dies and in Leon's case we are 100% confident that once Governor Mike Pence reopens his case that the truth will finally be heard and the conclusion of Leon's innocence will be drawn.
We are asking that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana to please do the right thing by using his resources to set an innocent man free. We are seeking the public's help to bring attention to Leon's case and we hope that you have the courage to stand up for the innocent and assist us by requesting the exoneration of Leon's case so that true justice can be served and the real killer is brought to justice!
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