Voices from the inside - Statement by Kevin Cooper

This is my wish: Get involved with abolishing the death penalty

On February 9, 2004, I came within three hours and 42 minutes of being tortured and murdered by the state of California, before that execution was called off.

In 1985, I was wrongfully convicted of the Ryan-Hughes murders, which took place in Chino Hills in California, and that was what almost got me executed.

Since I received the stay of execution in 2004, the attorneys representing me and the people who are supporting me are helping me to expose the truth about how the state of California has wrongfully convicted me.

Five judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have stated that I am innocent, and that the state of California may be about to execute an innocent man. Ninth Circuit Judge William Fletcher wrote an unprecedented 103-page dissent in my case. A link to where this dissent can be read, as well as other information about my case and my current situation, can be found at SaveKevinCooper.org.

Without your help, I may once again find myself standing butt-naked in the death chamber waiting room, in front of a state executioner who wants nothing more than to torture and to murder an innocent Black man.

I respectfully ask that you get involved in the fight to end the death penalty and to learn more about my case.

In struggle, from Death Row, San Quentin Prison, this is Kevin Cooper.