Example Of A Letter To A Friend

					SAMPLE LETTER FROM A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOR



Dear Governor Nixon:

My name is [_] and I am writing to plead for clemency on behalf of Reggie Clemons.

I have known Reggie for [_] years. Until the time that he was arrested, we lived in the same
neighborhood and often spent time together. [Include an example of how you interacted with
Reggie.]

I have never seen Reggie act violently or disrespectfully towards anyone. In fact, he was a
peacemaker and always looked for positive ways to resolve disputes. He got along well with the
other children in the neighborhood and was always very polite to everyone. As a young man,
Reggie had a positive outlook on life and looked forward to a bright future. [Give examples of
Reggie’s positive qualities.]

I was shocked when I heard about Reggie’s arrest and conviction. After becoming familiar with
the case, there is no doubt in my mind that Reggie was unfairly convicted and sentenced to
death. [Describe some of the numerous injustices in the case, including the flawed and
incomplete police investigation, police brutality, inadequate and ineffective defense lawyers,
prosecutorial misconduct, and a lack of evidence linking Reggie to the crime.]

I urge you to do everything within your power to grant clemency to Reggie and avoid this
travesty of justice.

Sincerely,

[Name and address]

cc: Mr. Steve Long, Chairman, Missouri Board of Probation and Parole