This week Judge Michael Manners, a Special Master appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court, issued a report that showed flaws in the death penalty case of Reggie Clemons. Clemons, along with three other co-defendants, were convicted of the 1991 murders of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry in the infamous Chain of Rocks Bridge case in St. Louis. Clemons has been on death row for 20 years.
In his 100-page report Judge Manners found that prosecutors had suppressed evidence during the trial and that Clemons’ confession had been forced by the police. However, Manners found that Clemons’ lawyers had not proved that he was innocent.
In reaching his decisions, Manners held a special hearing in St. Louis last fall and reviewed court transcripts, video tapes and exhibits in the 22-year-old case. His report now goes to the Missouri Supreme Court who will issue a ruling. The high court could decide anything from leaving Clemons on death row to throwing out his conviction. The Clemons case has been a high profile case for death penalty abolitionists across the nation in pointing out the injustices of the death penalty system.
Posted: August 9, 2013