Good morning family and friends,
My family and I thank everybody who supported us in getting to the US Supreme Court and who shared the media attention we received while out in DC.
We finally made it to Bastrop Saturday night after being stuck in the DC/ Maryland/ Virginia (DMV) area days longer than we had anticipated (and hoped). We were so glad to see Mama’s face and finally get to hug her when she picked us up from the Austin Bergstrom airport. Hearing how proud she was when she mentioned the comments people made to her about how successful we had been in raising awareness about Rodney’s current situation while at SCOTUS was icing on the cake. Needless to say, it felt so good to finally be home in Texas.
I want to share with yall something that God placed on Mama’s heart. What Mama said during the car ride from the airport confirmed my belief that with the way things have been developing recently, Rodney will be home SOON!
We were about halfway to Mama’s house when she described having a very strong feeling that God was calling her to reach out to someone about Rodney’s case. I asked her who. She responded Tyler Perry. With such intense emotion in her voice, she talked about how there have been so many people going through situations like Rodney’s and that the only difference is that there is actual evidence in Rodney’s case that proves the rampant prosecutorial misconduct and corruption which led to his wrongful incarceration. Mama expressed her belief that Tyler Perry could tell Rodney’s story in such a profound way that Rodney’s situation would be amplified substantially. And at such an astonishing magnitude, the likes of which we have yet to see, that it will leave us all in awe of God- and also have the power to enact major changes to how things are done in Bastrop, in Texas, in our country, and the world.
Mama does not play when it comes to God and family. So, I know when Mama says she has been called by God to make something happen, it will be done. And not only will it be done, but it will be done in such a way that “everyone will fear; they will tell what God has brought about, and ponder what God has done.” -Psalm 64:9.
Mama proclaimed from the very beginning when Rodney was falsely convicted, “God has His hands in this”. And my family stands as we have always been, standing firm in knowing that God is good all the time and that God will ensure we see justice!
We are asking for your help in getting Tyler Perry’s attention so he can help us bring more awareness to Rodney’s case. Here is how:
1. Go to our Reed Justice Initiative Instagram account
2. Go to this picture that includes Richard, RJ, and me holding up the “Rodney Reed is Innocent” banner in front of the US Supreme Court (there will be a long accompanying caption addressing Mr. Perry) : https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzr1zNTp1NC/
3. Post a comment under this picture and here’s the key— MAKE SURE TO MENTION TYLER PERRY in your comment by typing @tylerperry somewhere in your post. Also, be sure to include either one or all of the following hashtags:
Here is the caption we’ll be using that you can respond to:
“Good morning @tylerperry. I am asking you to help my brother Rodney Reed cross to freedom and exoneration. My family just got back from Washington DC to plead with the US Supreme Court to take up his case. Rodney has been on TX death row since 1998 for a crime he did not commit. All the evidence in this case points to Jimmy Fennell and his known associates being the actual murderers.
Rodney is represented by the Innocence Project. This link to our postcard campaign includes more information about Rodney’s case: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/
The first paragraph of the following url links to specials on Rodney’s case produced by CNN, A&E, the Discovery Network, MSNBC, etc.: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/help-remove-this-knife-from-the-reed-family/
On June 26, 2019, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) rejected Rodney’s appeal to DNA test all of the crime scene evidence and admit the expert testimonies of renowned forensic pathologists including Dr. Michael Baden (who chaired the federal committee that re-investigated the deaths of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr). https://www.kxan.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2019/06/Reed-CCA-press-statement-6-26-19-for-immediate-release.pdf There is the widespread belief that the Texas CCA is involved in a cover up.
Right now, the Texas CCA’s decision is subject to review by SCOTUS. We pray SCOTUS considers my family’s plea for Rodney’s freedom and chance to prove he’s innocent via a retrial.
Mr. Perry, we could really use your expert storytelling skills to amplify Rodney’s story. We believe you could make such a huge difference in accelerating the wheels of justice and be a major force in leading my brother to freedom and exoneration. Will you help the Reed family cross to being a whole family again by joining us to light a fire that burns and shines so bright that Texas is put in a position where they have no other choice but to free my brother Rodney and grant him a new trial to prove his innocence?
We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. We’re bringing Rodney home! And so shall it be!
**This is an abridged and edited version of the post published an hour earlier.