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Decades of Injustice

Clarence Moses-EL served 28 years for a crime he didn't commit.

Clarence Moses-EL was convicted of sexual assault in 1987 based on an identification that the victim says came “in a dream.” No physical evidence ever connected Clarence to this terrible crime, and DNA evidence that could have cleared him many years ago was improperly destroyed by Denver police. Over time, the case became less about justice and more about protecting the reputation of the Denver DA’s office and police department.

In 2013, progressives in the Colorado legislature passed an important new law granting compensation to innocent people who are wrongly convicted and later exonerated. Under the law, Clarence Moses-EL is entitled to a significant sum. As a 62-year-old man who spent almost three decades behind bars, Clarence lacks the job skills necessary to provide for himself and his family. Clarence’s case is the perfect example of why this law is necessary.

Sadly, Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman doesn’t see it that way. Even after Clarence Moses-EL served decades for a crime he did not commit, and has been acquitted after a controversial retrial, AG Coffman has announced that her office will oppose Clarence’s request for compensation. On top of everything Clarence has suffered, this is an insult that can’t be excused. The man spent 28 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. The state of Colorado ought not to force him and his family to live out the remainder of his free years in poverty.

Clarence's case has been followed closely by Susan Greene, and award-winning journalist for the Colorado Independent. Read her latest update here (opens in a new window).

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About This Is Not Justice

The wrongful imprisonment of Clarence Moses-EL and his fight for justice is not receiving the attention it deserves or needs. It reopens wounds. It ignores the errors and omissions of the investigation. It may be for political points.

Clarence Moses-EL deserves better. This is not justice.

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