Commute the death sentence of Jermont Cox
Cox was convicted of three separate murders in 1995 and received two life sentences and a death sentence. Jermont admitted to killing one man in July of 1992 but claimed it was an accident and at trial, was supposed to argue for self-defense. That same year, in August and November, two more men were killed. Jermont has nothing to do with those murders, yet he currently sits convicted of all three murders on Pennsylvania's death row.
For the August murder, Cox gave police an initial statement saying that he was not involved in that murder and provided police with an alibi. But homicide detectives persisted and offered Cox a private visit with his girlfriend and a promise to be transferred out of the prison he was currently residing in, in exchange for a false confession from Cox: confessing that he witnessed another individual commit the August murder and that he drove the getaway car. The second statement was given by Cox under a duress situation of police coercion. Jermont was manipulated by police. It was not a voluntary statement and is a false confession. This is police misconduct and is unacceptable. This MUST be excluded from evidence. Jermont Cox did not commit this murder.
For the November murder, the evidence against Cox was a questionable statement/confession. The facts police claim Cox provided them with which ultimately lead to his arrest, did not match the timeline and events of the murder. The District Attorney then changed/falsified the facts in Jermont's statement in order to make them match with the murder. This is prosecutorial misconduct and is completely unacceptable. This falsified statement must be disregarded. Jermont Cox is innocent of this murder.
The jury was also tainted and biased in Cox's trial. One of the jurors was friends with the presiding judge and the District Attorney. The DA, along with inside help from that juror, were able to manipulate eleven other jurors into sentencing Cox to death for the actions of another man. This juror shared a relationship with all of the prosecuting parties, which is extremely biased. This juror should have been excluded from jury duty.
Jermont Cox is an innocent man sitting on death row, for two murders which he did not commit. There evidence of his innocence in these murders, is overwhelming and staggering. Information was falsified and the jury was biased and tampered with, in order to convict this man of crimes which he did not commit. Cox has a son who needs his father's love, support and guidance. Jermont Cox and his family are victims of a racially biased, vengeful, inhumane, uncivilized, immoral and completely cruel justice system. Cox was discriminated against due to his race and inadequate legal representation. He did not receive a fair trial which is why his death sentence should be overturned. Killing is always wrong, whether it is done by an individual or performed by the state in the form of an execution.
We sympathize with the family and friends of the three victims in this case, but feel that another death will neither heal not resolve this tragedy and it will not bring peace to the families.
Action petitioned for: We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge Governor Rendell to overturn the death sentence of Jermont Cox to life in prison with the chance of parole for the one murder for which he did commit. We appeal to the PA Parole Board and Governor Rendell to grant clemency to Jermont Cox for the other two murders, which he did not commit.
Email Governor Edward Rendell
Dear Governor Rendell,
My name is Brittany and I advocate for the abolition of the death penalty. I urge you to end the execution of Jermont Cox in Pennsylvania on July 22nd. Jermont was convicted for two murders, which he is innocent of. This case involves a false confession from Cox as a result of police manipulation and duress. This was involuntary and must be excluded as evidence. Police also falsifed Cox's statement for the second murder, because his version of events did not match the actual timeline of the murder. This falsified statement must also be disregarded. This case involves police misconduct which is completely unacceptable. It also involved a biased jury as one juror was friends with the presiding Judge. Cox did not receive a fair trial. Jermont Cox is an innocent man sitting on death row. No society should ever take the risk of executing an innocent individual. If you allow this execution to go on, the blood of this innocent man, is on your hands. Please do the right thing and end the execution of Jermont Cox!
I also started a petition on change.org, detailing my arguments even further. I urge you to read it over.