On February 10th the DSA SF Justice Committee at Koret Auditorium hosted a Q&A and discussion with anti-death penalty activist Kevin Cooper to talk about his case, the barbarism of the death penalty, the racism of California’s justice system, and the agony of being innocent on death row. Fourteen years ago, on February 10, 2004, Kevin Cooper came within minutes of being executed by the state of California for a crime he did not commit.
March 2018 will mark two years since Kevin’s petition for clemency hit Governor Brown’s desk. It’s long past time for the Governor to take action. Brown has been sitting on the clemency petition for the past 2 years. He has also received numerous letters from high profile names, including 9th Cir. Judge William A. Fletcher, Paulette Brown (President of the American Bar Association), Cruz Reynoso (former California Supreme Court Justice), John Van de Kamp (former California Attorney General) all who support Kevin’s claim to innocence and his petition for clemency. The sister of one of the victims also has signed on for the case for innocence. Despite pleas from numerous high profile supporters (https://kevincooper.org/