Thursday, July 9, 2009
Special Investigator to Examine Reggie Clemons Case
The Missouri Supreme Court has appointed a special investigator in the case of Reggie Clemons, an African-American man wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to death. A petition filed with the Missouri Supreme Court on June suggests that police brutalized Clemons into giving a statement. The petition is based on new evidence, and also argues that Clemons' death sentence was excessive compared to those of other co-defendants. His execution was set for June 17, but was delayed by a federal appeals court. The NAACP has requested that Governor Jay Nixon appoint a Board of Inquiry and grant clemency to Clemons.