Kim Kardashian urges clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate who says racist juror tainted the outcome of his 2002 murder trial
- Julius Jones was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of Paul Howell, 45
- His lawyers say a juror used a racist term to describe Jones in his 2002 trial
- Kardashian tweeted Wednesday urging Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones' clemency petition
- The mom-of-four also shared a link to a page petitioning on behalf of Jones
Kim Kardashian called for clemency for a black man on Oklahoma's death row in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
Julius Jones was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of 45-year-old Paul Howell but says a racist juror tainted the outcome of his 2002 trial.
Reality star Kim tweeted urging Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones' clemency petition, which was filed Tuesday.
She wrote: 'Yesterday Oklahoma death-row prisoner #JuliusJones asked the Pardon & Parole Board for clemency. Please help by asking the Board and @GovStitt to give careful and thoughtful consideration to his petition @justice4julius.'
Kim Kardashian asked Oklahoma officials to consider a clemency petition for Julius Jones, right who is on death row for a murder conviction in the 1999 killing of Paul Howell. Jones, who's black, says his trial was tainted when a juror used a racist term to describe him
Reality star Kim tweeted Wednesday urging Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones' clemency petition
Julius Jones, left, was convicted of murder in the 1999 shooting of 45-year-old Paul Howell, right, but says a racist juror tainted the outcome of his 2002 trial
The mom-of-four then shared a link to a page petitioning on behalf of Jones, who was an honor student on a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma at the time of his conviction.
That details how Jones' 'co-defendant fit an eyewitness’s description of the shooter, while Mr. Jones did not'.
It adds: 'In a case riddled with odious racial discrimination — including a police officer’s use of a racial slur during Mr. Jones’ arrest and the State’s removal of all prospective black jurors except one — evidence shows that a juror used the n-word before jury deliberations at the sentencing phase.'
Howell was killed in the driveway of his parents’ home in Edmond, KFOR reports.
Kim added: 'There is an amzing (sic) documentary that @violadavis did that featured the Julius Jones’ case called The Last Defense.
'I believe in his innocence, let’s correct his wrongful conviction @GovStitt.'
Kardashian tweeted Wednesday urging Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, picutred, and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones' clemency petition
Jones' lawyers have requested that his death sentence to be commuted to time served.
He appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a juror told Jones' lawyers in 2017 that another juror used a racist term to describe Jones in his 2002 trial, saying authorities should 'shoot him behind the jail.'
The court rejected that appeal.
Kim followed up her tweets with the addresses of Governor Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board, writing: 'I noticed lots of people are asking what they can do to help in the Julius Jones case. You can send letters to the Pardon & Parole Board, and the Governor.'
Kardashian has been championing prison reform in recent years, following her success with convincing President Trump to commute the life sentence of nonviolent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson in June 2018.
In April, the mother-of-four revealed that she wants to become a lawyer and is said to be in the midst of a four-year apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm. She is expected to take the California Bar exam in 2022.
Her support for 'Making a Murderer' convict Brendan Dassey will not affect his latest bid for clemency, the Wisconsin governor has reportedly said.
Dassey submitted a fresh appeal last week directly to the Democrat governor, who was elected at the start of this year.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star then begged Gov Tony Evers to read Dassey's handwritten letter, in a tweet to her millions of followers.
After his latest appeal was not considered by the US Supreme Court, Dassey's legal team launched a move outside the court system by going directly to the governor.
But the chances of getting a pardon from Gov Evers appear remote because he says pardons cannot be issued to inmates still serving their sentences.
Now aged 29, Dassey was convicted of the 2005 rape and murder of Teresa Halbach at the family auto salvage yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, despite retracting his earlier confession.