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Groups to Deliver 1000’s of Signatures to Stop Retrial of Moses-El, an Innocent Man

DENVER: Two days after the launch of an emergency campaign to stop the retrial of Clarence Moses-EL, who spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and now faces a highly controversial retrial by outgoing Denver DA Mitch Morrissey, a coalition of community activist groups and concerned citizens will deliver a petition signed by thousands of Coloradans demanding that Morrissey end this persecution of an innocent man.

“Clarence Moses-EL has already spent 28 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit,” said ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director Ian Silverii. “The facts and irregularities in this case are overwhelming. No physical evidence tying Clarence to the crime has ever been produced. Another man convicted in separate sexual assault cases has confessed to the crime.”

“There’s no easy way to say it: railroading an innocent man while the public’s attention is on the elections makes a mockery of the justice DA Morrissey is sworn to uphold,” said Silverii. “We’re calling on Morrissey to end this misguided persecution of Clarence Moses-EL. Anything else would be a grave miscarriage of justice.”

“Mitch Morrissey’s decision to drag Clarence Moses-EL back into court when clear evidence points to his innocence amounts to reckless and unnecessary prosecutorial zeal,” said ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley.  “As a public official sworn to uphold justice, Morrissey should listen to the thousands of concerned citizens who are encouraging him to stop this bogus trial before it starts.”

WHAT: Delivery of petition calling on DA Morrissey to drop the Moses-EL case

WHO: ACLU of Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, NAACP Statewide Coalition, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), coalition of community groups and citizens

WHEN: 3PM, Friday, November 4, 2016

WHERE: Denver District Attorney’s Office, 201 W. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

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