The Late Late Show host James Corden turns serious to plead for the life of death row prisoner Julius Jones who is facing execution for murder in two months – despite another man confessing to the crime
Death row inmate Julius Jones (pictured in the late ’90s) was convicted of murder in the 1999 and is scheduled for execution in the coming months, even though another man has confessed to the crime
ジョーンズ, 40, was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of 45-year-old Paul Howell in Oklahoma City. He is scheduled for execution in the coming months, even though another man has confessed to the 犯罪.
Although he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, Jones and his family maintain his innocence, arguing he was framed in a racially-charged case.
今, as his execution date nears, コーデン – とりわけ – are begging citizens to call upon Oklahoma lawmakers, asking them to revisit Jones’ case and allow him to plead his case.
‘I sincerely beg you to join me in taking action and shining a light on Julius’ story because together we might be able to spare the life of an innocent man,’ Corden said.
‘The only way we can find out if justice has been served is if Julius is given the chance to present the case for his innocence.’
Speaking about the case on his show Tuesday night, Corden outlined some of the alleged injustices that occurred during Jones’ トライアル, arguing that there is ‘overwhelming evidence of his innocence’.
According to Corden, Jones had an alibi the night of Howell’s murder, however it was never presented to the jury because of an inexperienced public defender ‘who later admitted under oath to making key mistakes in this case including not showing crucial photo evidence and not cross examining witnesses’.
‘When it was time to present their case, Julius’ lawyer stood up and said “the defense rests,”‘ Corden said.
彼が追加した: ‘There are so many other ways this case was stacked against Julius from the start.’
The television host claims there was evidence of racial bias in the case and that the prosecutor had a known reputation for misconduct, arguing that a third of his death penalty convictions have been overturned.
今, ジェームズコーデン, host of The Late Late Show, is asking his viewers to petition the Oklahoma governor and parole board on behalf of Jones
Corden said Tuesday night: ‘I sincerely beg you to join me in taking action and shining a light on Julius’ story because together we might be able to spare the life of an innocent man. ‘The only way we can find out if justice has been served is if Julius (pictured as a teen) is given the chance to present the case for his innocence’
‘And if that wasn’t enough to call Julius’ death sentence into question, which it is – but if it isn’t, somebody else has confessed to the murder. Multiple people have signed sworn affidavits testifying that another man said he committed the murder and framed Julius for it,’ Corden continued.
‘I am not a legal scholar but even if you don’t accept that Julius Jones is an innocent man, it seems pretty clear that he did not have a fair trial.’
‘Before he’s sent to be executed let’s – 少なくとも – give the man a chance to state his case. That’s all this is about,’ said Corden.
ジョーンズ, who was arrested on murder charges at age 19, is tentatively scheduled to have a first-of-its-kind combined clemency and commutation hearing on Oct. 5, による Oklahoman.
Jones is tentatively scheduled to have a first-of-its-kind combined clemency and commutation hearing on Oct. 5. During this hearing, He will be given the opportunity to take the stand himself after his attorneys plead his case
During this hearing, Jones will be given the opportunity to take the stand himself after his attorneys plead his case.
He is currently scheduled to be executed on Oct. 28.
Corden is one of several celebrities advocating on behalf of Jones.
Kim Kardashian paid a visit to Jones 昨年, as well as his family, and pledged to do what she could to help his legal team after having followed his case for quite some time.
In a tweet in October 2019, Kim penned: ‘I have been following the case of Julius Jones for little while now.
‘Julius Jones is on death row in Oklahoma, despite maintaining his innocence and compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted. His case has also been strained with so much racial discrimination.’
10月中 2019, Kim Kardashian publicly said there is ‘compelling evidence that he was wrongfully convicted’ and went on to share a link to his clemency petition. She tweeted urging Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones’ clemency petition
Kim Kardashian is pictured meeting with Julius Jones’ family in 2019
Julius Jones was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of 45-year-old Paul Howell, 写真
Jones was a 19-year-old honor student on a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma at the time of the murder of Paul Howell in July 1999.
Howell was shot and killed in the driveway of his parents’ Edmond home and investigators say the suspect then fled in his Suburban.
Jones was arrested along with a co-defendant who fits an eyewitness’s description of the shooter, while Jones did not.
He claims his friends conspired to frame him after a robbery gone wrong which ended in the murder.
According to Justice for Julius: ‘In a case riddled with odious racial discrimination — including a police officer’s use of a racial slur during Mr Jones’ arrest and the State’s removal of all prospective black jurors except one —evidence shows that a juror used the n-word before jury deliberations at the sentencing phase.
‘The US Supreme Court has made unequivocally clear that our criminal justice system cannot tolerate such blatant examples of racial prejudice on the part of even a single juror.’
Jones also claims his defense attorneys did not even bring up his alibi at trial and did not call any witnesses to the stand who could have attested for Jones’s location on the night of the killing.
彼は言った: ‘I have spent the past twenty years on death row for a crime I did not commit, did not witness, and was not at. I feel terrible for Mr Howell and his family, but I was not responsible.
Howell was shot and killed in the driveway of his parents’ Edmond home (写真) and investigators say the suspect then fled in his Suburban