“My name is Vera Thomas, I am Reginald Clemons’ mother and I approve this blog.”

 

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UPDATE: 7/17/16

Reggie has a hearing tomorrow, July 18th, in downtown STL Circuit Court.Judge Rex Burlison on the 7th floor Div 10 @ 9am.

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In Reggie’s death penalty case, evidence has proven that St. Louis City police officers beat Reggie Clemons into a rehearsed confession. In addition, St. Louis City Prosecutor Nels Moss admitted to tampering with reports, evidence and witnesses.

The current St. Louis City Prosecutor, Jennifer Joyce, is seeking to retry Reggie on first degree murder, with the death penalty, unfortunately by using the same corrupt evidence that was vacated (thrown out) by the Missouri Supreme Court.

Reggie needs funding to hire a competent attorney to free Reggie from further injustice. Donate what you can to help us Save Reggie’s life! Thank you so much for your prayers and efforts over the past 25 years.  Without you, we would not have made it to this point!

Money orders and checks can be mailed to:

Justice For Reggie, Inc.

P.O. Box 210961

St. Louis, MO 63121

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Update: November 25, 2015

GREAT NEWS FOR REGGIE AND HIS FAMILY!!!

Missouri Supreme Court throws out Reginald Clemons murder conviction

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“Another Hurdle?

Even when charges are dropped, Reggie “will remain in state custody pursuant to a 15-year sentence in a different matter.” Many of you who read this in the Court Summary wondered what it means. During Reggie’s incarceration, he was hit with a bogus assault charge on a prison guard. He was convicted and sentenced. The fight for justice won’t stop with the murder charges. We must be committed to fight for the day when Reggie is truly free.”

READ MORE BELOW:

The Court Ruling–What does it mean?

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Update: March 2014

Oral Arguments for Reggie Clemons:

Clemons was represented during arguments by Joshua A. Levine of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, and the state was represented by Stephen D. Hawke of the attorney general’s office in Jefferson City.

LISTEN BELOW:

ORAL ARGUMENTS IN THE MISSOURI SUPREME COURT – REGGIE CLEMONS 3/2014

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Update: 8/6/13

Judge MannersReport:

 ‘Prosecutors Suppressed Evidence in Reggie Clemons Case’

Click link below for article:

Reggie Clemons judge finds police suppressed evidence in death row case

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Update: March 14, 2013

On March 18, 2013 @9am  in Kansas City, MO, Oral arguments will be heard by Judge Michael Manner’s. This is Open To The Public.

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Debanjan and Delia performing “Free All My Sons” at Crossroads Cafe for JAMnesty 2012. The event was in memory of Troy Davis and in support of a fair trial for Reggie Clemons.

12/10/12

11/21/12

New Footage added to documentaryBorrowed Time”.

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Video Of Mrs. Vera Thomas

Click link below:

Reginald Clemons’ mother prays for victims’ family

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Reggie finally gets his day in court. See hearing analysis below:

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SEPTEMBER 2012 HEARING ANALYSIS:

REGGIE TAKES THE STAND; TESTIFIES ABOUT POLICE BRUTALITY.

Reggie testifies how police beat him on his chest and his sides.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO WATCH VIDEO:

Reggie Clemons: a final chance to save his life

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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Petitioners attorneys play a videotaped deposition of Thomas Cummins, the cousin of Robin and Julie Kerry, on the third day of an evidentiary hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at the Mel Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis. Clemons is on death row after he was convicted for his part in the murders of the Kerry sisters in 1991. The Missouri Supreme Court is holding the evidentiary hearing and will issue a report to determine Clemons’ fate. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden, Pool)

THOMAS CUMMINS  FILED POLICE BRUTALITY LAWSUIT AGAINST  THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS; NAMES DET. CHRIS PAPPAS IN SUIT.  HE WAS AWARDED A $150,000 SETTLEMENT!

THOMAS CUMMINS (COUSIN OF KERRY SISTERS AND ORIGINAL SUSPECT IN CASE), LIKE REGGIE, ACCUSED SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE ST. LOUIS POLICE DEPARTMENT OF POLICE BRUTALITY DURING HIS 1991 INTERROGATION. HE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS. ONE OF THE DETECTIVES NAMED IN THE SUIT WAS CHRIS PAPPAS. (ON THE STAND,REGGIE DESCRIBES HOW PAPPAS SLAMMED HIS HEAD AGAINST THE WALL. (CLICK ON LINK, 1:40 MARK, TO VIEW: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/22/reggie-clemons-final-chance-death-sentence.) INITIALLY, WHILE BEING QUESTIONED ON THE WITNESS STAND BY THE DEFENSE, PAPPAS SAID THERE HAD NOT BEEN ANY COMPLAINTS  OF POLICE BRUTALITY FILED AGAINST HIM. HE WAS REMINDED BY DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S THAT HE HAD 5  OTHER LAWSUITS LEVED AGAINST HIM.

SEE CUMMINS LAWSUIT BELOW:

 Tom_Cummins_Lawsuit

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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 HEARING ANALYSIS: 

REGGIE PLEADS THE FIFTH 

Reggie plead the 5th on several questions asked by the State at the advice of his attorneys. It is important to note that former prosecutor NELS MOSS DISMISSED the RAPE and FELONIOUS RESTRAINT charges against Reggie AFTER his wrongful Conviction in 1993. See Document below:

So the State asking Reggie questions at the hearing regarding the *****”alleged” rapes was trickery and attempted entrapment. Reggie was asked questions about proceedings he was NEVER CONVICTED OF.   Judge Manners later that day allowed Reggie to take the stand and answer a few questions he had pled the 5th to from his lawyer.

Andrew Lacy. One of Reggie’s Attorney’s

*******”{in opening statements Monday, Lacy cited what he called “injustice during every point in Reggie’s road to death row.” Lacy alleged that police questioning Clemons about the crime beat a confession out of him. The lawyer also said key evidence was withheld from the original defense lawyers, including a medical examiner’s test that showed no evidence Julie Kerry was raped.”}

Quote from:

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/09/17/3820314/hearing-re-examines-missouri-death.html

Excerpt from: 

http://www.stlamerican.com/news/local_news/article_062b3176-03f4-11e2-9a8c-001a4bcf887a.html

On Wednesday, Clemons refused to answer 29 questions from the state on grounds his answer could incriminate him. Initially, he pled the 5th Amendment 32 times, but after Judge Michael Manners encouraged him to meet with counsel to rethink his decision, Clemons answered three of those questions.

Previously, he answered four questions about the crimes posed by Andrew Lacy of his legal team: “Did you kill Robin or Julie Kerry?” “Were you aware of any plan to kill Robin or Julie Kerry?” “Did you intend to kill Robin or Julie Kerry?” “Did you intend to assist in the killing of Robin or Julie Kerry?

To all four questions, Clemons answered, “No.”

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 Nels Moss Doctors Police Reports

Nels Moss is grilled on Stand by Lawyers about his tampering with Police Reports

Edited Police Reports by Nels Moss

 

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Excerpt below from:

 http://www.stlamerican.com/news/political_eye/article_91c3f412-02c7-11e2-b1d3-0019bb2963f4.html

Moss to cops: ‘Omit’

Moss repeatedly wrote “omit” on the margins of the May 6, 1991 draft police report of Cummins’ interrogation, apparently ordering the detective sergeant preparing the final report to omit evidence that would be damaging to the person who was by then Cummins’ “star witness,” as Levine noted in court. In fact, the final police report prepared on May 31, 1991 and introduced in Clemons’ trial did make many of the changes ordered by Moss.

In the May 6 draft report, police claimed, “Thomas stated the truth was he tried to have sex with Julie, however she refused.” Moss ordered the report revised to state that it was detectives who suggested to Cummins that his intentions were sexual. “D. suggested he tried to have sex, etc.,” Moss noted (and he testified on the stand that the notes were his). Indeed, the final police report introduced as evidence at trial has the police planting in Cummins’ mind the suggestion that he wanted to have sex with his cousin, but “in his mind the overt act was not sexual.” In the final May 31 police report, Cummins went to hug his cousin and she fell off the bridge; whereas in the May 6 draft report that jurors never saw, Cummins made a sexual pass at her and then pushed her off the bridge when her rejection led to an argument.

Due to Moss’ revisions to the draft police report, his star witness went from a confessed murderer to a confessed hugger.

The May 31, 1991 police report was introduced as evidence at trial; the May 6 draft police report with Moss’ annotations was withheld, though defense lawyers repeatedly asked Clemons for “all exculpatory evidence,” all evidence likely to help the defense case, and specifically asked for the annotated May 6 draft report in a pre-trial motion.

Levin quoted from Moss speaking at that pre-trial hearing, saying untruthfully, “Look at the (final) police report. It’s in there. Nothing was edited. Nothing was omitted.”

As Levine argued, the annotated May 6 draft police report that was withheld from trial was crucial evidence showing that the prosecution’s “star witness” was an unreliable witness who kept changing his story and had a motive for an assault (a rejected incestuous sexual advance). Levine said it also showed that the prosecutor was willing to tamper with evidence to improve his case.

Levin said the trial jury was denied clear documentary evidence that “the prosecutor tried to fabricate evidence and keep it from the defense.”

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September 20, 2012 Day 3 (FINAL DAY OF HEARING)

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September 19, 2012 DAY 2 of Reggie’s Hearing

Vera Thomas, the mother of Reginald Clemons, testifies about the condition of her son’s face after his 1991 arrest during an evidentiary hearing in St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. “His face was disfigured,” Thomas testified.

Veronda Brown, the sister of Reginald Clemons, testifies during an evidentiary hearing in St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. She said her brother’s face was “lopsided and swollen” after his 1991 arrest.

Vera and Reynolds Thomas, the parents of Reginald Clemons, talk after she testified in St. Louis on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, the third day of an evidentiary hearing.

Images from September 17, Hearing

Nels Mos, Prosecutor in Reggie’s 1993 Trial, reprimanded by courts for Prosecutorial misconduct and belligerence in several trails.

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IMAGES FROM SEPT. 15, 2012 ST. LOUIS RALLY FOR REGGIE

 

 

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4/29/12

Mrs. Vera Thomas appears on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show for a roundtable discussion about the Death Penalty on MSNBC: 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46979745/vp/47222791#47222791

To View Show on Smartphones Go To:

http://www.google.com/gwt/x?source=m&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.msnbc.msn.com/msnbc/47222791/&wsi=535e1603519e0cc5&ei=oiygT-3wApjOxAKc3dGZBg&wsc=bf
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4/28/2012

Reggie stands in solidarity with the Family of Trayvon Martin!

“I want people to know that in my small way, I want to support the Martin Family and contribute to the awareness and help people understand that we all, big and small, feel the pain of being misclassified.” –Reggie Clemons

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* If You Are A Clergy Member or Religious Leader 

Please sign the Petition Below Urging The Governor of Missouri to Grant 

Clemency to Reggie: 

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1576/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9816

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***March 6, 2012

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ARTICLE (3/14/12): Laura Moye, Death Penalty Abolition Campaign Director at Amnesty International, writes about visiting Reggie at Potosi Correctional Center.  Click link below to read article:

http://blog.amnestyusa.org/deathpenalty/visiting-reggie-clemons-on-missouris-death-row/

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EVENT: FROM TROY DAVIS TO REGINALD CLEMONS: ABOLISHING THE DEATH PENALTY IN OUR LIFETIME!

February 27th @ 6:30pm Amnesty International Death Penalty Awareness Week. Film Screening of documentary “Borrowed Time” and Panel Discussion. Panelists include: Mrs. Vera Thomas (Reginald’s Mother), Lawrence Hayes (Death Row Exoneree and founder of F.A.C.E) and Tanya Greene (ACLU Lawyer).  Thanks to all who participated in making this event a success!

TO VIEW FOOTAGE FROM THIS EVENT CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AzENqvTcB4

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Reggie is an innocent man who has been on death row under extreme restrictions for 20 years. In 1991, at the age of 19 he was taken from his home by police under the false pretense that they just wanted to question him about the murders of two sisters that took place on the Chain of Rocks bridge. Despite the insistence from his mother to obtain a lawyer first, the police assured her that Reggie would be fine and would return home later that day.  He has not been back home since.

While in custody, Reggie was beaten by police for  7 hours and denied his right to an attorney! Reggie feared for his life and finally broke down and confessed to raped but he refused to confess to murder. He had faith in the legal system that he would get due process and be fully exonerated because he is innocent.

Last year, “new evidence” surfaced in Reggie’s case and was submitted for DNA testing. The evidence includes  a rape kit supposedly taken from the corpse of one of the victims. The rape kit is still being tested which has caused Reggie’s hearing to again be rescheduled. This time for March 5, 2011. According to Reggie’s lawyers, they are confident that the kit confirms what has already been established, that there is no physical evidence connecting Reggie to the crimes.