Rodney K. Stanberry is an innocent man serving time in prison in Alabama for crimes he did not commit. He was arrested in 1992, convicted in 1995, and began serving a prison sentence in 1997 for crimes he did not commit. On March 25th, 2013, he will begin his 17th year of incarceration.
Rodney was convicted solely based on victim eyewitness testimony. He was convicted even as another individual confessed in front of the prosecutor two years before the start of Rodney's trial that he, not Rodney, was at the victim's home when she was shot (the jury NEVER heard this confession), even as work documents and the testimony of his supervisor and co-workers placed him at work when the crimes were committed, and even as there was no physical evidence that placed him at the scene of the crime. Rodney also passed a polygraph test. He did everything a law abiding citizen should do in helping law enforcement and in turn, they arrested and accused him of committing what was a violent crime.
Rodney’s father is 78 and his mother died on September 8, 2012. As you can imagine, there wasn’t a day that his parents did not yearn to be with their son. Rodney’s parents have been married for as long as Rodney, who is now 43, has been alive. Rodney’s father brought his son and family from New York to Mobile to get away from the criminal element, not imagining what the Mobile District Attorney’s Office would do to convict an innocent man and to maintain the conviction at all cost. The Mobile District Attorney’s Office, now under your leadership, District Attorney Ashley Rich, stated in an article written by journalist Kirsten West Savali on January 19th, 2012 that the jury has spoken and that you will not reopen Rodney’s case without “new and compelling evidence.” (http://newsone.com/1809115/rodney-k-stanberry-is-alabama-still-the-land-of-jim-crow/)
Here is a link to the full petition letter: http://freerodneystanberry.com/blog/2012/11/13/143/