Spectacular news in the quest for justice for Julius Jones. According to reports, Oklahoma ‘s Governor has reportedly granted clemency in the case of Mr. Julius who has was previously and questionably convicted of the 1999 he maintains that he didn’t commit. He had been scheduled to die at the Oklahoma State Penn shortly after 4pm locale time yesterday.
This is the bare minimum though. Let’s not heap Stitt with too much praise.
For years discussions and protests over whether or not he would be granted clemency have taken place. In 1999, Julius was originally convicted in the carjacking-turned-murder of Paul Howell. Howell ‘s family maintains that Julius is guilty, though, he will now be switched over to life without the possibility of parole.
The NAACP responded to the news that Jones’ life would be spared.
“Although we can find some comfort in his decision, this story does not end here,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO. “We demand a retrial. His case is just one example of our country’s long history of denying due process to Black men and women. We will continue to advocate for Julius and the countless others who are victims of a broken system. “