FREE KRIS HELTON 

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WRONGFULLY CONVICTED WRONGFULLY INCARCERATED





 

Wrongfully Convicted.  Wrongfully Incarcerated.


A number of celebrities are now following our non-profit group, Free Kris Helton, @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter!

Posted by maries0529@yahoo.com on August 29, 2014 at 3:50 PM

If you follow sports and business, you may have heard about Joseph Kovall, Jr. (co-owner of the Seattle Seahawks, CEO East Ocean Records, and a major investor in Sony Music, Google, and NBC), Clive Hornsby (marketing and networking guru), Baochi Nguyen (authority on digital and new media marketing), Vanessa Northing (partner at Adverb Marketing), and Jenny Graves @AllThingsJLG (VP of Marcom at Honeywell/Tridium). They all now follow @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter!


If you like watching TV and listening to music, you are probably familiar with Lady Gaga (music and style superstar), Sheryl Underwood (co-host of The Talk on CBS), Baby Bash (musician), Carmen Wyler (musician), Pleasure Ellis (actor and musician), Sir1Vega (actor, model, and host of Living & Loving Life), Jon Pfingsten (guitarist for An Honest Year), and P.D @PDinHD (gamer, rapper, producer, and entrepreneur). They all now follow @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter!


If you like reading newspapers and books, you likely know about Andrew Malcolm (political news and commentary in Investors Business Daily), Kelli Sue Landon (mystery novelist), Adriano Bulla (writer of poetry, essays, and books), Therese Kraemer (romance novelist), and Thomas Richardson (aspiring writer and trendsetter). They all now follow @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter!

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Reply Kris Fargo
9:53 PM on August 30, 2014 
The number of celebrities beginning to follow this non-profit group is very, very encouraging! Of course, we already had thousands and thousands of people throughout the world following us on Twitter (117K+), Facebook (31K+), and Google+ (3K+)! Thousands and thousands of people have also viewed and liked our YouTube videos (8K+)! Our presence on social media is absolutely incredible!

With all of this support, we are hopeful that Catherine Vogel, State Attorney for the Sixteenth, Judicial Circuit, in and for Monroe County, Florida; the Hon. Donald M. Middlebrooks, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; the Clemency Board for the State of Florida (the Hon. Rick Scott, Governor; the Hon. Pam Bondi, Attorney General; the Hon. Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer; and the Hon. Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture); the Florida Commission on Offender Review (Tena Pate, Commissioner/Chair; Bernard Cohen, Jr., Commissioner/Vice-Chair; and Melinda Coonrod, Commissioner/Secretary); and Congress (the Senate and United States House of Representatives) will do whatever it takes to free Kris Helton for a crime he did not commit!

Indeed, I think we can all agree that when an individual, like Kris, presents what the federal courts have repeatedly found to be ?inviolable? and ?persuasive? proof of his or her innocence, he or she should not remain incarcerated for the rest of his or her life -- or even be executed -- for a crime he or she did not commit just because his or her attorney failed or neglected to comply with some purely procedural technicality! See Steve Marshall, On Deadline: What others are reporting, Late legal filings a matter of life and death, USA Today, Mar. 13, 2009, at 3A (reporting that the Houston Chronicle ?said defense lawyers failed to meet federally mandated filings for six inmates who were subsequently executed and that three [other] inmates lost their federal appeals because of botched filings?).
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
3:26 PM on September 5, 2014 
Catherine Vogel, State Attorney for the Sixteenth, Judicial Circuit, in and for Monroe County, Florida, can free Kris Helton by simply filing a motion to dismiss the indictment in State of Florida v. Kris Helton, No. CF-K-91-1331 (Fla. 16th Jud. Cir. Ct. Monroe Cty. Aug. 22, 1991). This would fulfill her prosecutorial duty to do justice in this case because there are serious and substantial doubts as to his guilt since he presented what the federal courts repeatedly found to be inviolable and persuasive proof of his innocence.

Vogel can also help by agreeing to release certain pieces of physical evidence for postconviction DNA testing at our expense. Indeed, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Inc. has publicly stated that the State Attorneys of Florida do not oppose requests for DNA testing where the facts indicate that the results would be dispositive of the persons guilt or innocence and that regardless of whether there is a deadline to request testing or even if a deadline has passed, it has been and continues to be our policy that DNA testing occur.
Reply Kris Fargo
3:32 PM on September 5, 2014 
The Hon. Donald M. Middlebrooks, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, can also help by simply granting Kris Helton relief under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) because he has already presented that inviolable and persuasive proof of his innocence.

But given the unique and troubling nature of this case, i.e., an innocent man has been in prison for more than twenty-three years, I believe that Judge Middlebrooks should find that law and justice now require extraordinary measures: (1) Kris should be immediately and unconditionally released from any form of custody; (2) his indictment should be dismissed; (3) the State of Florida should be barred from retrying him for a crime he did not commit; and (4) the State of Florida should forthwith expunge Kris conviction from its records and all references to him in the public record.
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
3:33 PM on September 5, 2014 
If Vogel and Judge Middlebrooks do not take steps to free Kris Helton, the Clemency Board for the State of Florida (the Hon. Rick Scott, Governor; the Hon. Pam Bondi, Attorney General; the Hon. Jeff Atwater, Chief Financial Officer; and the Hon. Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture) can grant executive clemency in this truly special case, commuting his sentence, based on the fact that he has come forward with that inviolable and persuasive proof his innocence.
Reply Kris Fargo
3:35 PM on September 5, 2014 
Sure, but if the Clemency Board does not commute his sentence, the Florida Commission on Offender Review (Tena Pate, Commissioner/Chair; Bernard Cohen, Jr., Commissioner/Vice-Chair; and Melinda Coonrod, Commissioner/Secretary) can grant Kris Helton parole when he becomes eligible in August 2016 because he is innocent and was wrongfully convicted.
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
3:36 PM on September 5, 2014 
Even while all of this is going on, Congress (the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives) can help prevent another injustice like this, i.e., the continued incarceration -- or even execution -- of an innocent person, like Kris, by simply repealing (1) the one-year limitation period for state prisoners to file their federal habeas petitions under 28 U.S.C. § 2254; and (2) the one-year limitation period for federal prisoners to file their motions to vacate under 28 U.S.C. § 2255.
Reply KS Landon
6:25 AM on September 8, 2014 
It is awesome, seeing all these names in supporting Kris Helton! I see Kris's future of freedom getting closer. I hope this list grows and that Kris will have his life back! Keep fighting Kris Helton! Many of us are pulling for you!
Reply Jim Patton
4:10 PM on September 16, 2014 
When you have such a clear case of innocence, i.e., Kris Helton was in Key West when the crime was committed by someone else on Little Torch Key, people of all stripes, including all of these celebrities, will have no problem speaking out against wrongful convictions like these! As an American citizen and Florida voter, I?m hopeful that our judiciary and elected officials will act to free this man!
Reply Kris Fargo
3:09 PM on September 17, 2014 
There are a lot of things a lot of people can do to free Kris Helton! We have identified those things in a number of different places on this website and throughout this blog. Everyone, including our judiciary and elected officials, can see that Kris is innocent (all one has to do is look at the findings of those four federal judges concerning the "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his innocence because being present somewhere else when a crime is committed by someone else is "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of innocence). Everyone can also see that Kris has remained incarcerated in a state prison for a crime he didn?t commit just because an attorney failed to ensure a timely filing of his federal habeas petition. This is fundamentally unfair!
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
3:17 PM on September 17, 2014 
What happened to Kris Helton is indeed fundamentally unfair. After all, when an individual, like Kris, presents what the federal courts have found to be "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his or her innocence, he or she should not remain incarcerated for the rest of his or her life -- or even be executed -- for a crime he or she did not commit just because his or her attorney failed or neglected to comply with some purely procedural technicality. This is the exact reason why we created this group to free Kris and help many others . . . and this is exactly why thousands of people throughout the world have clicked the Facebook ?like? buttons for this website and our Facebook profile, joined our Facebook group, followed us on Twitter, and become a part of our Google+ circle.
Reply Kris Fargo
3:21 PM on September 17, 2014 
Besides everyday people, including thousands of American citizens and Florida voters, like Jim Patton, our loyal supporters include a number of celebrities and business leaders from all over the world. In any event, to ensure Kris Helton?s freed without any further delay (he?s already been locked up for more than 23 years), we are all asking Donald Middlebrooks to grant Kris relief under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) based on the fact that he has presented that "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his innocence. We have shown how a brand new U.S. Supreme Court case will allow him to do that for Kris. Of course, we are also asking Rick Scott, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater, and Adam Putnam to grant Kris executive clemency in this truly "special" case.
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
3:26 PM on September 17, 2014 
I agree. This really is a "special" case. Many inmates frequently claim that they are "innocent," but few (if any) have ever had five state and federal judges find that he or she was wrongfully convicted because an "inexperienced" assistant public defender failed to investigate and present jurors with "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his or her innocence (showing that he or she was somewhere else when the crime was committed by someone else). Therefore, regardless of what Donald Middlebrooks eventually ends up doing with Kris Helton?s still-pending request for relief under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b), we all shouldn?t forget that Rick Scott, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater, and Adam Putnam can quickly and rather easily free Kris by simply commuting his sentence -- even in an election year!
Reply Kris Fargo
3:42 PM on September 17, 2014 
Failure to act in a timely manner could result in some incumbents losing this fall! No elected official facing reelection wants to be seen as indifferent to a wrongful conviction and wrongful incarceration like this one!
Reply Andrea Simpson
3:37 PM on October 31, 2014 
This non-profit group is getting so much attention on Twitter! All they need to do now is free Kris Helton!
Reply Ranjit Singh
12:44 PM on November 6, 2014 
I seriously doubt that Rick Scott, Pam Bondi, Jeff Atwater, and Adam Putnam have ever had a request for review for commutation of sentence come before them in which there was so much support from so many different business people, celebrities, and organizations. I also seriously doubt that Donald Middlebrooks has ever had a habeas case come before him with this kind of support, either. People of all stripes want to see Kris Helton freed. It?s as simple as that.
Reply suzanne flores
4:18 PM on November 20, 2014 
they just need to free Kris his mother and grandmother has passed away as he waits to be freed and now his father is very sick and has not even been able to visit him in over a year
Reply Shawna Singletary
1:34 PM on November 25, 2014 
Considering the jam Kris Helton finds himself trapped in due to the legal blunders of Gerod Hooper and Mel Black, I'm not even a little bit surprised by all of the support for this non-profit group!!! In fact, to be perfectly honest with you, I'm kind of disappointed there's not more people coming on board to help free Kris for a crime he didn't commit!!!
Reply Betsy King
1:50 PM on December 5, 2014 
More celebrities should follow @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter!
Reply maries0529@yahoo.com
11:08 AM on January 2, 2015 
We all have seen a number of different people from all walks of life, including these celebrities, starting to follow @FreeKrisHelton on Twitter! It's amazing what we have been able to do on social media in just 1 year!
Reply Kris Fargo
11:39 AM on January 2, 2015 
Many thanks to everyone on Twitter for recognizing our many efforts to free Kris Helton for a crime he didn't commit! We simply couldn't do it without you!

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