49-year-old Eugene Clemons has been imprisoned for the past 25 years. A man with a history of disabilities, abuse as a child, and mental illness, the Supreme Court just closed the last window he might have to avoid execution.
But the story gets worse.
There was an important file delivered in 1999, explaining all the reasons why he shouldn’t be on death row – that the court had yet to see! That file apparently got lost behind a cabinet.
When it was finally found, Alabama’s Attorney General refused to honor it because of a $140 filing fee Clemons couldn’t afford! And that’s not all.
How can we trust a system meant to "rehabilitate" when the state will mercilessly kill people over things like technical errors and miscommunication?
At this point, it's urgent – we need a new system.