This was filed in secret December 14, 2014. The tape recordings that are marked and referred to as “Exhibits” were not and are not in the possession of Walter Reaves, the attorney for Anthony Melendez.
In this Petition, you will see where Simons, Feazell, and Butler take FIVE confessions from Anthony Melendez on tape.
In 2010 Bernadette Feazell told Dannen and Reaves that it was imperative for them to hand over these tapes of prosecutors telling Melendez what to say to then Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston, the Chairman of the Justice Committee in Texas. That year they were having Hearings on FALSE CONFESSIONS. Surely, confessions on TAPE would interest them and help get Melendez out of jail?
Dannen and Reaves refused Bernadette Feazell’s request, which became a demand, which became a harsh threat. She told Dannen and Reaves that if they did not turn over the tapes to Senator Ellis she would go public with the wrong they were doing.
If you read nothing else in this case, please read the above riveting Clemency Petition, obviously written by the New York writer.
Fredric Dannen is a journalist and author with a specialty in criminal justice. He has been a staff writer for the New Yorker and Vanity Fair.
In 1990, Hit Men, his book about the American music industry and the influence of organized crime, spent a month on the New York Timesbestseller list. One of his Vanity Fair articles prompted the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to rebuke the U.S. Justice Dept. for fraudulently withholding exculpatory evidence in the case of Cleveland auto worker John Demjanjuk, who was extradited, wrongly convicted, and sentenced to hang in Israel as the Nazi war-criminal “Ivan the Terrible.” He secured the only interview given by Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates on the heels of the infamous Rodney King beating, and the only interview ever given by crime boss Lorenzo Nichols, the crack kingpin of New York City.
While conducting research for a forthcoming book, Dannen uncovered lost evidence in the case of Calvin Washington, a Texan wrongly convicted of homicide. As the direct result of Dannen’s efforts, Calvin Washington won a full pardon for innocence, the first ever granted by Texas governor Rick Perry under the state’s DNA statute.
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