FREE INNOCENT DETROIT JUVENILE LIFER CHARLES LEWIS NOW!
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Charles Lamont Lewis, 57, has been wrongfully incarcerated for 41 years since the age of 17 for a crime he did not commit, the killing of an off-duty police officer on July 31, 1976. He was an innocent Detroit African-American teenager, the oldest of five siblings. The police officer's partner and numerous other eyewitnesses identified the real killer at the scene. But that man was released by a corrupt Detroit Police Sergeant who framed Lewis for the murder. Recorders Court Judge Joseph Maher illegally dismissed the jury at Lewis' first trial in March, 1977 before it could deliberate, without a motion for mistrial by the prosecution or defense. Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas said in a 2006 opinion that this meant he should have been acquitted as of March, 1977 and not re-tried. Lewis' juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentence was declared unconstitutional on a retroactive basis by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama (2012) and Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016). Third Judicial Circuit Court Judge Edward Ewell vacated his sentence in 2012 in keeping with Miller. But then Lewis' entire court file and Register of Actions mysteriously went missing. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy wants to reinstate Lewis' JLWOP sentence. His current Judge Qiana Denise Lillard denied two motions for dismissal of his case in November, 2016, Lewis' next hearing before Judge Lillard is February 15, 2017. His mother Rosie Lewis, his family and friends, and his community are demanding that Charles Lewis be immediately freed due to this gross miscarriage of justice. If you agree, please sign this petition to Judge Lillard and Chief Criminal Court Judge Timothy Kenny.
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