A petition, set up on 'Color of Change' by supporter Marlene Belliveau on behalf of Rodricus Crawford's family, implores Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart, "to look at the concrete evidence and facts before you. Mr Crawford did not kill his son. You have sworn to justice...it is your duty to exonerate this young man." The petition can be found at the following link. (In view of the rapidly approaching appeal - set for Wednesday September 7 - supporters should get their message to Mr. Stewart as soon as possible. HL);
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Rodricus Crawford's appeal is set for Wednesday, September 7, 2016. It is imperative that public attention be brought to this appeal as there is a ominous danger that Louisiana will be executing an innocent father whose 1-year-old son died of pneumonia - unless the Louisiana Supreme Court intervenes. (Contrary to the the testimony of the pathologist testifying for the prosecution who dismissed the medical factors as the cause of death without a scientific basis for doing so, also gave his equally unscientific opinion that Rodricus Crawford had smothered Roderius to death - as is demonstrated by forensic evidence (affidavits) filed by his lawyers which will be published later in this series.) As will be seen over the course of the series, it didn't help that Crawford was prosecuted by the notorious Dale Cox in Caddo Parish, which, as the Fair Punishment Project reports, has a disproportionate number of death sentences. I implore whoever reads these posts to share them as widely as possible, to make sure that Louisiana's Supreme Court understands the urgency of stopping this execution in its tracks and put an end to the prosecution. The focus of this post is an 'amicus brief' filed with the Louisiana Supreme Court explaining that the Prosecutor Dale Cox's argument was both wrong as a matter of faith, and improper as a matter of justice.The brief is submitted by 'Louisiana Religious Individuals and Organizations in Favour of Rodricus Crawford.'
GIST: "After excluding from the jury all those who opposed the death penalty based upon their religious views, prosecutor Dale Cox argued to those remaining that the teachings of Jesus Christ required the imposition of the death penalty on Rodricus Crawford. Over one hundred clergy filed an amicus brief at the Louisiana Supreme Court, explaining that the Cox's argument was both wrong as a matter of faith, and improper as a matter of justice. "
The entire 'amicus' brief can be found at the following link: amicus brief
I am monitoring this case. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments.