Ohio may execute an innocent man unless you take action!
Kevin Keith is scheduled to be executed on September 15th, despite a wide range of new evidence that suggests he is innocent. Keith, who has been on Ohio's death row for 16 years, was convicted on the basis of faulty eyewitness identification.
The key witness against Mr. Keith first told four people he could not identify the shooter because the shooter was wearing a mask. The police showed this witness a highly suggestive photo lineup, with Mr. Keith's face made larger than the others.
No court has heard the full array of new evidence pointing to Keith's innocence. Take action today to stop Ohio from executing a man who very well may be innocent.
I am deeply troubled that Ohio is on the verge of executing Kevin Keith despite compelling new evidence that he was wrongfully convicted on the basis of faulty eyewitness identification. I strongly urge you to grant clemency to Mr. Keith to ensure that Ohio does not risk putting a person to death for a crime he did not commit.
You were right when you said Mr. Keith's case has circumstances that are troubling. No court or jury has ever considered the entirety of the new evidence that raises serious questions about Mr. Keith's guilt.
Mr. Keith's conviction centered on flawed eyewitness identification. The key witness against Mr. Keith first told four people he could not identify the shooter because the shooter was wearing a mask. The police showed this witness a highly suggestive photo lineup, with Mr. Keith's face made larger than the others. The State of Ohio took an important step when you signed into law a bill designed to combat wrongful convictions and improve the accuracy of eyewitness identification procedures. The eyewitness identification in Mr. Keith's case suffered from the very inaccuracies and flaws that the new law seeks to correct.
New evidence shows that someone else told a police informant that he was paid to commit the crime for which Mr. Keith stands to be executed. Mr. Keith has an alibi supported by four witnesses. No DNA or forensic evidence conclusively connects him to the crime.
Eyewitness identification experts and innocence projects around the country have agreed that Mr. Keith's conviction is gravely flawed and that his case urgently requires review. Yet courts have continued to refuse to allow Mr. Keith to present this important new evidence of innocence.
It is precisely this type of extraordinary situation that makes the role of clemency such a critical safeguard in ensuring that our justice system is fair and accurate.
As you have recognized, your responsibility is to try as best as [you] can to make sure that no human being is ever executed in Ohio without there being absolute certainty. There are too many unanswered questions in Mr. Keith's case for there to be absolute certainty of his guilt.
Please use your power to correct this error and prevent Ohio from making an irreversible, tragic mistake. Please grant clemency to Kevin Keith.
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