This piece is entitled “Free Lamar Johnson Now.”
My name is Keith Malik Washington, and I’m the chief spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas movement. Peace and blessing, sisters and brothers. For 24 years, Lamar Johnson has been languishing in a Missouri state prison for a crime he did not commit.
What is remarkable is the prosecutors in his case at admit Mr. Johnson is actually innocent. Yet the court judge does not want to give Mr. Johnson a chance to present the exculpatory evidence at a new trial. An appeals court will make the decision very soon as to whether or not to grant or deny a new trial for Mr. Johnson.
But I must say this, sisters and brothers, these district attorneys in Missouri have a public duty to aggressively pursue freedom for Mr. Johnson as aggressively as they pursued the wrongful conviction that has kept him locked down in prison. I want to reiterate this point, and that is, the criminal justice system in America is broken. Racism and bigotry are hard-wired into the standard operating procedures of the judges, the district attorneys, and the juries.
Free Lamar Johnson now.
My name is comrade Malik, and I am a servant of the people.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.