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In 48 hours California will execute the wrong man!

by PHH Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004 at 5:03 AM

Please take action now!



Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

We call upon you to stop the execution of Kevin Cooper.

Nationwide, prosecutors have had the wrong man in 112 capital

murder cases, forcing innocent men and women to spend years on

death row facing execution for crimes they did not commit. On

February 10, the state of California plans to execute Kevin

Cooper, a 45-year-old African American man who has been on

death row for 20 years. We ask you to stay Kevin Cooper's

execution so that a thorough investigation can be conducted to

answer questions about the evidence against him-especially about

evidence that was never heard by the jury.

• On June 4, 1983, Peggy, Doug and Jessica Ryen and a houseguest

were brutally murdered in San Bernardino County. The youngest

member of the family, Josh Ryen, 8, managed to survive. When

local police learned that Kevin Cooper had walked off the grounds

of a minimum security prison just days before the murders, Cooper

became the primary suspect - despite the fact that Josh Ryen told

police and his grandmother that the killers were three white or

Latino men and despite the fact that at least one confession by an

individual unconnected to Kevin Cooper supports this statement.

• The State of California conducted DNA tests on Cooper, but

the integrity of this evidence is highly questionable. Blood and

saliva samples taken at the time of his arrest were released to a

technician involved in the prosecution, and held for twenty-four

hours without a court order or the knowledge of Cooper's legal

team.

• Clumps of long, blond hair were found in the hands of one

of the victims. Photographs of this hair, which clearly does

not belong to Cooper, were never shown to the jury. The

prosecution has refused to allow testing that could determine

just whose hair it is.

• Bloody coveralls submitted to the police by a woman claiming

that they had been left at her house by her boyfriend around the

time of the murders were tossed in a dumpster without any testing.

The woman was never brought in to testify.

A study published by the Santa Clara Law Review in December 2003

exposes over 80 problems in California's death penalty system,

declaring it "seriously flawed and dangerously unjust." We ask you

to review the facts of this case and decide for yourself whether

Kevin's guilt has been established "beyond a reasonable doubt."

There are serious questions about Kevin Cooper's case and

California's flawed death penalty system which need to be

addressed before the state kills another prisoner. If you agree,

please take action now.

Call, fax or email Governor Schwarzenegger.

GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

Phone number: 916-445-2841

Fax number: 916-445-4633

E-mail address: governor@governor.ca.gov



We, the undersigned, believe there are critical questions to be

answered before the State of California executes Kevin Cooper,

especially about the evidence that was never heard by the jury.

We call upon you to stop the execution of Kevin Cooper.

Harry Belafonte

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

James Cromwell

Ted Danson

Richard Dreyfuss

Shelley Fabares

Mike Farrell

Janeane Garofalo

Danny Glover

Anjelica Houston

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Mary Steenburgen

Jahahara Amen-RA Alkebulan-Ma'at, American Friends Service

Committee

Barbara Becnel, co-author of the "Tookie Speaks Out Against Gang

Violence" series

Stephen Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights

Peter Camejo, Green Party of California

Noam Chomsky, author

Angela Davis, author

Lanny J. Davis, Esq., Fmr. Special Counsel to Pres. Bill Clinton

Hari Dillon, President, Vanguard Foundation

Riva Enteen, National Lawyers Guild

Robert Greenwald, Producer/Director

Ron Hampton, National Black Police Association

Van Jones, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Mesha Monge-Irizarry, Founder, Idriss

Stelley Foundation

Derrel Myers, founder, JoJo White Youth

Fund and member of Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation

Mary Ratcliff, Editor, San Francisco Bay View

Franklin E. Zimring, Boalt Hall School of Law

Howard Zinn, author

Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Rabbi Emeritus,

Leo Baeck Temple

Bishop H.H. Brookins, African Methodist

Episcopal Church

Father Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Bishop Clarence Carr, African Methodist

Episcopal Zion Church

Rev. James Lawson Jr., President, Southern

Christian Leadership Conference

Rev. Robert A. Matthews, United Church of

Christ, Oakland

Rev. Tony Pierce, African Methodist

Episcopal Zion Church

Sister Helen Prejean, Author, Dead Man Walking

Pastor Chuck Singleton, Loveland Church

Rev. Larry Turpin, Presbyterian United

Church of Hyde Park, Chicago

Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr., Mt. Moriah Baptist Chruch

Bishop Henry M. Williamson Sr., Presiding

Prelate 9th District, CME Church

Bishop Gabino Zavala, San Gabriel Region,

LA Archdiocese, Roman Catholic Church

Fmr. Gov. George H. Ryan, Illinois

John Burton, Senate President Pro-Tem, 3rd District

Gilbert Cedillo, Senator 22nd District

Gloria Romero, Senator 24th District

Byron Sher, Senator, 11th District

John Vaconcellos, Senator, 13th District

Mervin Dymally, Assemblman 52nd District

Jackie Goldberg, Assemblywoman 45th District

Loni Hancock, Assemblywoman 14th District

Paul Koretz, Asseblyman 42nd District

Mark Leno, Assemblyman 13th District

Sally Lieber, Assemblywoman 22nd District

Mark Ridley-Thomas, Assemblyman 48th District

Salima Marriott, Delegate, Maryland State Assembly

John J. Duran, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of West Hollywood

Sophie Maxwell, SF Board of Supervisors

Nancy Nadel, Oakland City Council

John Heilman, West Hollywood City Council

Abbe Land, West Hollywood City Council

Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles City Council

Rabbi Allen I. Freehling, Executive Director,

Los Angeles Human Relations Commission

Salima Marriott, Delegate, Maryland State Assembly

Armonie Bordes, Member of European

Parliament, France

Yasmine Boudjenah, MEP, France

Chantal Cauquil, MEP, France

Alain Krivine, MEP, France

Arlette Laguiller, MEP, France

Didier-Claude Rod, MEP, France

Roseline Vachetta, MEP, France

Erik Meijer, MEP, The Netherlands

Feleknas Uca, MEP, Germany

ILWU Local 10

Tyrone Freeman, President, SEIU Local 434B

Walter Johnson, Sec-Treas., San Francisco Central Labor Council

Michael Letwin, Fmr. President, Association of Legal Aid

Attorneys/UAW Local 2325

Bob Mandel, Executive Board, Oakland Education Association

Jonathan Meade, Paramedic Chapter

President, SEIU 790, San Francisco Fire

Department

Howard Wallace, Pride At Work, AFL-CIO

Amnesty International U.S.A.

American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

American Civil Liberties Union of

Sourthern California

American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego

California Prison Focus

Campaign to End the Death Penalty

California People of Faith Working Against

the Death Penalty

Critical Resistance

Death Penalty Focus

Friends Committee on Legislation Global Exchange

International Action Center

International Socialist Organization

Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition

And over 1,000 other people, churches, unions and community

organizations opposed to the Execution of Kevin Cooper

www.savekevincooper.org

Call, fax or email Governor Schwarzenegger.

GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

Phone number: 916-445-2841

Fax number: 916-445-4633

E-mail address: governor@governor.ca.gov
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innocent after death more rational Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004 at 6:40 AM
Cooper and "mumia" should be executed SLOWLY as soon as possible. Bruce Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004 at 6:45 AM
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