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Join us at the Rally to Reveal the Truth for Rodney Reed at Governor Abbott’s

Picture of 2015 Rally at Governor's Mansion

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/433495927248523/

Our beloved Rodney Reed’s scheduled November 20, 2019 execution date is quickly approaching. We all need to do everything in our power to keep the fight going until this execution date is dropped and Rodney is freed!

We worked to keep the momentum going with our weeklong protest outside of Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz’s office everyday last week. However, we must make sure that our voices continue to be heard!

We are now taking our fight to Governor Abbott, while continuing to put the pressure on Goertz! One very powerful action to accomplish this is taking our fight to the streets!

Let’s remind Governor Abbott that:

1. Rodney Reed is innocent,
2. all the evidence in this case implicates Jimmy Fennell as Ms. Stacey Stites’s actual murderer and that he had help from his friends,
3. that all of the State’s witnesses including Dr. Roberto Bayardo recanted their testimonies stating that they were wrong and misinterpreted. These incorrect testimonies were the only things that Rodney’s conviction rested on. This means there is no case against Rodney!
https://www.innocenceproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Reed_Exhibits-to-Supp-11.073-Writ_6-26-18.pdf (read pages 10-13)
4. And that several members of Ms. Stacey Stites’s family believe that Jimmy Fennel got away with murdering her. They even wrote both Abbott and Goertz a letter stating all of this before Rodney’s March 5, 2015 execution date: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/seeking-justice-for-stacey-stites-a-letter-from-members-of-her-family/

Let’s show Governor Abbott that we are many! We want a street full of people carrying signs and banners for Rodney to show Governor Abbott that the truth has not changed. Science does not lie! The DNA that is on the belt that was used to strangled Ms. Stites to death and that was on the crime scene evidence need to be tested so we can show the world who actually murdered Ms. Stacey Stites, hold them and ALL those who participated in Rodney’s framing accountable, and bring Rodney home alive to the family!!

Please wear any shirt with Rodney’s name on it to the rally! We would still love to have you there even if you don’t have one. We need as many people as possible to show up for Rodney! We will also have sign-making supplies at this rally!

We will gather at the section of the Capitol that faces the Governor’s mansion for high visibility! We will also march! For people with mobility concerns regarding the march- no worries! We would appreciate you holding down the fort at our starting point at the Capitol.

FOR EVERYONE, WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE RALLY:
Social media is critical for raising awareness about Rodney and holding our representatives accountable publicly. Let’s use it to get Governor Abbott’s attention in a very public way.

Governor Abbott is very active on Twitter
Abbott’s Personal Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX
Official news from Abbott’s Office: https://twitter.com/govabbott

We will be posting our daily Governor Abbott Twitterstorm action item soon.

In the meantime, please retweet with comment the following tweets to Governor Abbott multiple times for the duration of our rally from 7:45am to 12:00pm on Friday, August 2nd:

Tweets about Rodney from the Innocence Project out of New York
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1154818670314627072
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151202304797945858
https://twitter.com/innocence/status/1151133157032251393

Tweets about Rodney from Sister Helen Prejean
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155935548252364800
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1155918601276153856
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1153721175463227398
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151190171091472384
https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1151187080212385792

Also, feel free to tweet Governor Abbott with your own comments. You can also mention us! Our handle is @BringRodneyHome .

You can also call Governor Abbott and his office: (512) 463-1782
or send him a message online: https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact/opinion.aspx
Screenshot your message to keep a record of it!

In Rodney’s legal fight, we are not at the point where a clemency application has been filed. However, Governor Abbott still needs to hear our voices before that time comes especially since we have such little time and it will time before you know it when he does have the power to stop this execution date! We’re asking you to please come out to our rally this Friday from 7:45am to 12:00pm as we plead with Governor Abbott to drop the execution date and free our Rodney Reed!

Read #Psalm64
#RodneyReedISINNOCENT !
#FREERODNEYREED !
#TESTTHEDNA for #RodneyReed !
#GRANTRODNEYREEDANEWTRIAL !

For more details about Rodney’s case visit: https://www.reedjusticeinitiative.com/to-bastrop-county-district-attorney-bryan-goertz/

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We need your help getting Tyler Perry’s attention regarding Rodney’s case

Reed family in front of Supreme Court of the United States

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:

#RodneyReedIsInnocent
#FreeRodneyReed
#GrantRodneyReedANewTrial

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?

#JusticeForStaceyStites
#RodneyReedIsInnocent
#FreeRodneyReed
#GrantRodneyReedANewTrial
#JusticeForRodneyReed

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.

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How Can We Ensure Mr. Goertz Reads My Entire 04/09/2019 Email and Acts On It?

Good morning family,

I sent Bastrop County District Attorney Bryan Goertz an email and need your help making sure he was able to receive and read my entire message. My email is in response to the comments he made in the following article on April 2nd: https://www.statesman.com/news/20190402/letter-writing-campaign-seeks-new-trial-for-death-row-inmate-rodney-reed

To give a summary, my message to Mr. Goertz is that he needs to do everything in his power to see to it that Rodney gets a new and fair trial where all the evidence can be seen and heard because Mr. Goertz has an ethical duty to do so.

This is the exact message I sent to him on April 9, 2019:

“Good Morning Mr. Goertz,

You are not telling the whole truth here. The truth of the matter is you do have the power to ensure Rodney is granted a new trial. You need to step up. As district attorney, you can concede in court that a convicted person is 1.) innocent or 2.) that their conviction is unconstitutional. Because Rodney’s conviction was the result of a series of constitutional violations- including prosecutorial misconduct, trial by a jury of folks who were not his peers, failure to include all evidence and witness testimonies, inadequate representation, and so much more- you can do something about it. In fact, as district attorney, if you think there is a constitutional violation in a person’s case, you have an ethical duty to concede error.

In the article, you say, “I don’t think there’s an innocent man on death row,” referring to my brother. Now this is coming from a man who graduated from Baylor Law School- one of the top 50 law schools in the country! I don’t understand it. And it’s concerning to say the least! How do you not see that my brother is innocent of the murder of Ms. Stacey Stites with all the evidence that is out there?

You have the testimonies- sworn affidavits- of 4 medical examiners, including even the one who put Rodney on death row, Dr. Roberto Bayardo. In Bayardo’s recanted statement from 2012, he stated that his finding “very few” sperm indicated that my brother and Ms. Stites had sex “not less than 24 hours before Ms. Stites’s death.” So, you have Dr. Bayardo and three other independent medical examiners- those three being experts in their field- testifying that there’s no way possible Rodney could have killed Ms. Stites based on the time of death and the lividity of her body. When you consider this information and also Jimmy Fennell’s testimony that he and Ms. Stites spent a quiet evening at home around this time, based on this information alone, there’s no way in the world Rodney could have committed this murder. And then with all the other evidence that has come out pointing at the DNA of known associates of Fennell’s- cops David Hall and Ed Salmela– how can you not see that Rodney is not guilty of the murder of Ms. Stacey Stites? This makes me seriously question the caliber of law school graduates that Baylor Law School is sending out into our communities.

And if comprehension of facts is not one of your strong suits, one thing that does not require a strong command of comprehension is the fact that Rodney’s conviction was and still is unconstitutional. Rodney’s right to due process was violated! Rodney never did get a fair trial in the first place. He did not get a chance to call his witnesses. There was evidence that was not tested and still has not been tested. The most important piece of evidence in this case- the belt, the murder weapon itself, that was used to strangle Ms. Stites to death- has never been tested! How are you not going to DNA test the murder weapon and then consistently defend Rodney’s conviction, oppose DNA testing, and advocate for his execution?

All we’re asking of you is to do everything in your power to see that Rodney is granted a new and fair trial. Every major district attorney’s office has a conviction integrity unit or something to that effect which includes a process for reviewing cases of claimed innocence, so what we’re asking you for is normal. Most importantly, that is the just thing to do period, and especially when the stakes are as high as they are when you consider that the death penalty is permanent!

You can make recommendations. Your word is very powerful. You can bring a quick end to this abuse. You do have the power to ensure that Rodney is granted a new trial. Seek truth and justice! Most importantly, stand up and do the right thing!

Respectfully,

Rodrick Reed”

Maybe y’all can get through to Mr. Goertz. If you can, ask Mr. Goertz to do everything he can do- everything in his power- to ensure that my brother Rodney is granted a new and fair trial where all the evidence can be seen and heard. Ask Mr. Goertz to make time to sit down with my mom and me. I have reached out to Mr. Goertz multiple times by phone and by email and I still have not received a response from him directly. I will continue trying to do so. I do need some help in my efforts. Maybe y’all can support me along the way. Call him. Email him. Fill out a postcard. If something in my letter resonates with you, tell Mr. Goertz that. Maybe you could even read the entire thing back to Mr. Goertz. Tell Mr. Goertz to reach out to me by phone at 512- two seven zero-1596. Or tell him to email me. He has my personal email and he can reach me there 24/7/365. I will respond.

Whatever you can do to support the efforts of my immediate family and me would be greatly appreciated. The number to Bryan Goertz’s office is 512-five eight one-7125. His work email is bryan dot goertz at co.bastrop.tx.us. Of course, always be respectful when you reach out to his office.

Family, I ask you, what are your thoughts on how we can ensure Mr. Goertz reads my entire 04/09/2019 email and acts on it?

Thank you, family, with much love from my family.