Jermaine Doss, an African-American business owner from Norfolk, Virginia, has been in prison since 2000, convicted of murder-for-hire. His sentence was life-plus-38 years. He maintains he was framed by a crooked cop after refusing an extortion demand.
That police officer is now serving a prison sentence for extortion in another case. And the prosecution's key witness has recanted his testimony, saying he was pressured to testify against Mr. Doss.
Mr. Doss' working-class parents have mortgaged their home to pay for legal representation for their son, but have run out of money for appeals. They are asking Gov. McDonnell to review the case in the hope of obtaining a pardon for Jermaine. Please read the petition and you will see why this injustice cries out for intervention.
Note: The Doss family has already collected 650 signatures on a hard-copy version of this petition, as well as 150 on a previous online petition. So we are very close to reaching our first goal of 1,000, at which time we will try to interest the media, which has covered this case before. Then we will ask to meet with Gov. McDonnell and members of his staff. We would also like to hold some vigils to draw more attention to this case.
If you would like to help in this effort, please email: DefendersFJE@hotmail.com
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