Clarence Brandley: Ex-Death Row Inmate Still Fighting for Restitution

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Clarence Brandley still fighting for compensation.
Clarence Brandley, who spent nearly ten years on Death Row for a murder he did not commit, will be back in the news today.

He and supporters are holding a press conference this afternoon to push for restitution from the state for being wrongly imprisoned. Like Anthony Graves, another Texan who spent time in prison for a murder he did not commit, Brandley is being denied compensation because the court order freeing him does not include language declaring him innocent.

"This is a righteous cause to bring justice and have it work the way it is supposed to work," said his brother, Ozell Brandley. "We will hold those public officials accountable for their actions of refusing compensation for those who were wrongfully imprisoned. Their careers should be over if they cannot dispense justice. My brother Clarence and the families of the wrongfully convicted as well as the victims' families deserve more. Clarence and my family have paid a high price for their injustice."

Brandley was convicted for the 1980 rape and murder of a 16-year-old student at the Conroe school where he worked as a janitor. He was freed in 1990.

The judge who heard his plea for exoneration famously said, ""In the thirty years that this court has presided over matters in the judicial system, no case has presented a more shocking scenario of the effects of racial prejudice, perjured testimony, witness intimidation (and) an investigation the outcome of which has been predetermined."

The case became the subject of a made-for-cable movie.

Brandley has faced issues with child support since his release, and has lost a huge lawsuit he filed against various state agencies.

At today's press conference, organizers say, "Representatives of civil rights and community organizations, including Witness to Innocence, the National Black United Front, the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, and others will be present Wednesday in support of Brandley's claim for compensation."

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Erikhicks198
Erikhicks198

Your racial prejudice has prevented you from realizing that Clarence Brandly did not murder your sister, Lulavictorian.

Fergsh6
Fergsh6

this man deserves a billion dollars. you people are sick

Truth
Truth

when will the press get this right?  he was NOT wrongly convicted!  he was convicted TWICE, GUILTY!  he was releaseed because the court of appeals granted him a THIRD trial but the evidence was stolen???? no trial and he walks...the court is right..there is NOTHING that says he was innocent. can someone please speak the facts... 

Lulavictorian
Lulavictorian

I'm  glad you are having hell with what you are looking for. I guess my sister can rest in peace now. 

LEXX49802
LEXX49802

SICK IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!!! IF YOU GO OVER THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE CASE, YOU WILL FIND THAT EVIDENCE ORIGINALLY JUST DISAPPEARED INTO THIN AIR!!! ORIGINAL WITNESSES LATER CAME FORWARD WITH THE TRUTH AND THE NAME OF THE REAL KILLER. THE REAL KILLER'S WIFE EVEN CAME FORWARD WITH WHAT SHE KNEW, PROMPTING THE OTHERS TO COME FORWARD TO CLEAR THEIR WRONGFUL LIES. THEY EVEN CAME CLEAN ON VIDEO TAPE.  THE REAL KILLER UNFORTUNATELY WAS NEVER CHARGED BECAUSE THE DUMBASS TEXAS JUDICIAL SYSTEM LET THE ORIGINAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE "JUST DISSAPPEAR", PROBABLY THE WORK OF THE PROSECUTING TEAM NO LESS.  THE CITY OF CONROE DIDNT WANT THE REAL KILLER, THEY WANTED A "BLACK" KILLER.  AND EVEN NOW, 31 YEARS AFTER THE CRIME, PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN WOULD RATHER IGNORE THE TRUTH WITH PROOF BEHIND IT IN ORDER TO HAVE THE SATISFACTION OF BLAMING A BLACK MAN.  AND IF ANYONE ELSE SHARES THIS STANCE, THEN THEY ARE ALSO WHAT THE ENTIRE CITY OF CONROE IS................RACISTS.......IGNORANT, ILLOGICAL, RACISTS!!!!!!!!

John Doe
John Doe

 You either haven't bothered to learn the facts of the case, or you have no belief at all in the laws of and citizens' rights in the United States of America.  Even Texas has to abide by laws to prevent people from being railroaded.  Why do you hate America?

ShankarSelinaHuntsville
ShankarSelinaHuntsville

Nobody is hating America, only Ass holes in Texas, the so-called tex-ass rangers. The lying SOB

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