Everything you need to know about Julius Jones

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I've always been aware of systematic racism in the United States, in fact, I can't remember a time that I didn't associate America with racism. However, whenever I thought of American racism and heard of incidents such as Michael Brown or racism in sentencing or racial slurs, it's easy to think, "that's awful" and move on. I've always been passionate about changing institutionalized racism but it's easy to disassociate it with the impact it has on real people. That was until I heard about Julius Jones.

Julius Jones was a nineteen-year-old University of Oklahoma student, on a scholarship for academic evidence, and is currently on death row serving a sentence for a murder he did not commit. In 2002, Julius was convicted for the murder of Paul Howell in 1999, a business owner in Edmond, Oklahoma. Julius has currently been on death row for seventeen years, however, there are so many things wrong with this case, that suggests Julius is innocent.

I first heard about this case through the last defense and was disgusted when I heard about the circumstances that led to his conviction.

1) Julius had bad representation in his trial. His lawyers did not have any experience on a death penalty trial, they did not allow him to take the stand, they did not allow his family to testify although they claimed he was with them at the time of the murder, providing an alibi. Evidently, they were inexperienced, did not have his best interest at heart and their atrocious performance and lack of adequate representation led to his conviction.

2) There is no evidence to suggest that one of the jurors used the 'N word' as a racial slur whilst on the jury. Given that Julius is a black man charged with the murder of a middle-class white man this case was already racially charged, however, to allow a racist juror violates the sixth amendment that states defendants have the right to an 'impartial jury of the State and district '. This demonstrates how bias within the jury that could have led to his conviction.

3) The one eye witness of the case claimed that the perpetrator had hair sticking out of the bandana they were wearing, however, Julius had short hair and therefore does not fit the description of the one eyewitness. Julius' defense also failed to show a photograph taken of Julius a few days prior to the murder showing his short hair.

4) Julius' friend, Christopher Jordan testified against him, a man who conveniently has a similar hairstyle to the one described by the witness. In his statement, thee are six inconsistent statements, therefore, he should have never been credited as a witness. Furthermore, the jury was informed he would be serving 30 years to life but was released in 2014, this evidences he must have had a deal for his testimony and of course, Julius' useless defense conveniently did not cross-examine Mr. Jordan about the events that took place or the inconsistencies in his statement. Another witness, Ladell King was never prosecuted for the murder.

5) This case was highly racialized from the beginning. A black man accused of murdering a white man in America is already a difficult case to prove innocence, however, all black jurors bar one was excluded because of criminal histories and one police officer even said to Julius before handcuffs were placed on him, "run N-word, I dare you."

There is already evidence of racial bias in America's prison system, for example, statistics exhibit that 13.2% of the US population is black Americans, however, they constitute 41.7% of death row population, 48.3% of life sentences and 56.4% of life sentencing without parole. In Oklahoma alone, statistics indicate that in 2010 the number of blacks incarcerated by 100,000 was 3796 in comparison to the lowest ethnic group of whites at a rate of 767 per 100,000. Furthermore, the Sentencing Project states that in Oklahoma 1 in 15 adult black men are incarcerated, compared to a national average of 1 in 16.

Except for the many flaws in this individual case alone, without racial bias, we cannot separate racial bias in the system as a whole to racism within this case.

In my prison industrial complex class, we were able to speak to Julius from death row via phone call. Regardless of the facts of the case, I have never been touched by an individual the way I was on the phone with Julius. He is kind, intelligent, gracious and composed. He has so much love and patience despite what has happened to him.

Julius stated that he just wanted people to know that he was innocent, that he did not kill that man. He also said he had no ill will against the victim's family, he hopes that people pray for them and they find the truth. He also discussed that to prevent crime we need to realize why people commit crimes because they are hurt and in poverty, that the system needs to focus more on rehabilitation than retribution.

He also told us what it was linked to live on death row, that he isn't allowed human contact, he hasn't been able to touch his mother or father for seventeen years. He has seen light but not the sun, he has not seen grass. He is shackled everywhere he goes, he is supposed to be provided with a library but has not been given one, he relies on books sent to him.

The Supreme Court has denied hearing his case, his only chance now is to be granted clemency from the governor, the Justice for Julius movement is currently trying to get that, there is a petition that you can sign to help. Oklahoma has currently paused executions due to a botched execution in 2014, this is because pharmaceuticals have started to refuse to provide drugs for the lethal injection as they no longer wish to be associated with the death penalty. Oklahoma is working on resuming executions using nitrogen gas. They hope to resume by the end of this year, if they do, Julius is one of the sixteen inmates eligible for execution.

When asked how he stays positive he says that he was angry for a long time, until he realized he was only hurting himself. He said, "you need to be the change you want to see". So, please, help us create that change.

To learn more, here is the link for the Justice for Julius movement: http://justiceforjulius.com/

The last defense: https://abc.go.com/shows/the-last-defense/episode-guide

To sign the petition to attempt to grant clemency: https://www.change.org/p/documented-by-academy-award-winner-viola-davis-julius-tennon-julius-jones-life-hangs-in-the-balance-of-the-oklahoma-death-row-watch-the-last-defense-and-sign-the-petition-help-us-get-julius-jones-a-fair-opportunity-at-justice

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18 Bible Verses That Prove God Would NOT Be 'Pro-Life'

Stop using the Bible as an excuse to take away women's rights.


"Abortion is WRONG because God (the highest authority) says so! Not because I say so, or "religious" people say so or the government says so...because the CREATOR OF ALL HUMAN LIFE SAYS SO."

This argument is bullshit and I'm sick of hearing it, because it just isn't true. All these Christians claim that the Bible and God says that abortion is wrong, and it's clear they've never read the Bible. Have you ever seen them use a biblical verse to validate their claims? Yeah, me neither. And you know why? BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS NOT PRO-LIFE. They pick and choose vague verses to attempt to back up these ridiculous claims, completely ignoring the damning evidence that the Bible, and therefore God, actually supports child murder, infanticide, and abortion.

Unlike pro-lifers, I'll actually provide some evidence:

1. Numbers 31:17 "Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him"

2. Deuteronomy 2:34 "And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain"

3. Deuteronomy 28:53 "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the seige, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee"

4. 1 Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass"

5. Isaiah 13:16 "Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished"

6. Isaiah 13:18 "Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children"

7. Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house"

8. Hosea 9:14 "Give them, O Lord: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts"

9. Hosea 13:16 "Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up"

10. 2 Kings 2:24 "And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them"

11. Psalm 137:9 "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones"

12. Numbers 5:21 "-here the priest is to put the woman under his curse- "may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell"

13. Hosea 9:16 "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb"

14. Psalm 135:8 "He it was who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and of beast;"

15. Psalm 136:10 "-to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever"

16. 2 Kings 6:28-29 "And the king said unto her, What aileth thee? And she answered, This woman said unto me, Give thy son, that we may eat him to day, and we will eat my son to morrow.So we boiled by son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son"

17. Leviticus 26:29 "And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat"

18. Jeremiah 11:22 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:"

Stop using your religion to try and push propoganda that "God says abortion is wrong because it kills innocent children." Clearly your God doesn't care about killing children. There is more than enough proof that the Bible and God are NOT pro-life. Stop acting like you're good Christians upholding the values of God when you clearly haven't picked up the Bible and actually read it. God doesn't agree with your backwards thinking. Maybe try do your research before spewing your religious bullshit to try and take away women's rights.

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