SIGN to Free Clarence Moses-El

Sign the petition to free Clarence Moses-El: An innocent man who has been imprisoned for 27 years

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           Clarence Moses-El

Clarence Moses-El has been in prison since 1987, when he was sentenced to 48 years in jail for a crime he did not commit.  He has maintained his innocence since the beginning.  The three people originally identified as suspects by the victim were never arrested nor were they ever questioned.

One of those identified, L.C. Jackson, has since confessed to having committed the crime for which Clarence Moses-El was convicted.  The letter that he wrote to Moses-El, asking that his attorney be sent to interview him, begins with, “I really don’t know what to say to you.  But let’s start by bringing what was done in the dark into the light. I have a lot on my heart.”

Jackson, who is in prison for raping a woman and her 9-year=old daughter, details the incident and the brutal assault against the victim.

However, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey refuses to reopen the case.

Clarence Moses-El has experienced a number of setbacks in his quest to prove his innocence.  Over the years of his imprisonment, he has won the support of the Innocence Project and attorney Barry Scheck.   who won a court order to have DNA evidence tested.  Although marked in a box labeled “DO NOT DESTROY,” the DNA evidence was thrown into a dumpster by the Denver Police Department.

Moses-El’s request for a new trial because of the destroyed evidence was denied by a judge based on a Supreme Court decision in Youngblood v. Arizona, which held that the destruction of evidence favorable to the defendant is not grounds for a new trial unless the defendant can prove that the state acted in bad faith.  This is an almost impossible burden for any defendant to meet, as it requires the defense to prove the state of mind of the prosecutors or police who were involved in the evidence’s destruction.

The detective originally involved with the case, James Huff, who died a few years ago, stated about the conviction, “I always have had doubts about this. I could never prove it either way,” and “This is one of those cases where I really wish there was DNA.”  Ironically, he was also the detective responsible for the destruction of the evidence.

Moses-El also received support from the late Colorado Sen. Ken Gordon, who pushed for a new investigation based on the destroyed evidence.

Numerous articles have been written highlighting the injustice committed against Moses-El, who has spent almost half his life in a cell, but has remained resolute and defiant.  Susan Greene and Miles Moffeit, separately or together  wrote several articles for the Denver Post and the Colorado Independent.  See articles at: and

An article by Larry Hales in Workers World newspaper cam be found at:

The International Association for Property and Evidence included a video piece on Clarence Moses-El:

It is time for Clarence Moses-El to be freed.  He is an innocent man.  Demand that District Attorney. Mitch Morrissey do the right thing and set him free.

Click HERE to sign the online petition at http://peoplespowerassemblies/petitions/clarencemoseselpetition

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To: Gov. Hickenlooper, Mayor Hancock, District Attorney Morrissey

CC:  Colorado State Legislature, Denver City Council and members of the media

I urge you to take action to free Clarence Moses-El.

Clarence Moses-El has been convicted of a crime that he did not commit.  He has asserted his innocence from the very beginning and is in prison based on no more than a dream.  He has asked all along that the DNA evidence involved with his case be tested.  After winning a court order for the evidence to be tested, the evidence, which was in a box marked, “DO NOT DESTROY,” was thrown into a dumpster.

Moses-El was denied the right to a new trial based on a Supreme Court decision, which determined that the defendant must prove “bad faith,” on the prosecution’s part when the evidence is destroyed, something difficult if not impossible to prove.

The three people originally identified as possibly being responsible for the rape for which Moses-El was convicted, according to the victim, were “LC, Earl, and Darnell.“ This appeared in police reports and trial transcripts.  L.C. Jackson, one of the three, who is serving a prison sentence for rape of a 9-year-old and her mother, recently confessed to the crime.  In a letter asking that Moses-El send his attorneys to interview him, Jackson says, “I really don’t know what to say to you.  But let’s start by bringing what was done in the dark into the light. I have a lot on my heart.”

Despite the discarded evidence, the confession and the victim’s original statement, District Attorney. Mitch Morrissey has refused to free Clarence Moses-El.

One day in prison for an innocent man is too much;  27 years constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

It is time for Clarence Moses-El to be set free.

I urge you to take action and do what is right and just.  Free Clarence Moses-El.


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