OUR AID RECIPIENTS

OVERVIEW

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT is currently raising legal defense funds to help five innocent people: 

  • MICHAEL CRUMP (incarcerated more than 20 years in Virginia)

  • DANIEL HOLTZCLAW (incarcerated more than 4 years in Oklahoma)

  • MICHAEL OXLEY (fighting false allegations in Oklahoma)

  • JAY B. VAN STORY (incarcerated more than 30 years in Texas)

  • TIMOTHY WRIGHT JR. (incarcerated more than 10 years in Virginia)

 

We also raise Body Camera Funds for police departments because body cameras protect both law enforcement officers and the public from false allegations.  We have aided the Enid Police Department in Oklahoma by providing funds for the purchase of body cameras for their officers.

 

Learn more about our aid recipients below and check back later for additional information as we add to the website.

LEARN MORE ABOUT
DANIEL'S CASE

Daniel Holtzclaw's case is the focus of a two-part investigative series called "Daniel in the Den:  The Truth about the Holtzclaw Case," by Michelle Malkin Investigates.

The private investigator who worked for Daniel's trial defense team continues to advocate for Daniel by providing discovery material online at www.HoltzclawTrial.com.

You can read a description of Daniel Holtzclaw's case that includes his own words as he recalls the nightmare that led to his wrongful conviction and current imprisonment. 

View UNCUFF THE INNOCENT's Report and Slide Show entitled, "DANIEL and the DNA:  How flawed forensic science led to Daniel Holtzclaw's wrongful conviction."

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT is proud to be contributing legal defense funds for wrongfully convicted Oklahoma City Police Officer

Daniel Holtzclaw, who has been represented by the famous attorney Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates, whose fight to free Daniel is being continued by Oklahoma attorney James L. Hankins.   

Attorney Kathleen Zellner has righted more wrongful prosecutions than any other private attorney in the U.S.  Among the exonerees Ms. Zellner has represented are Dr. Ray Spencer, a former police officer, and Ryan Ferguson.  She is currently representing Steven Avery, who is featured in the "Making A Murderer" series on Netflix.

Your donations will help us provide Daniel Holtzclaw's legal team with the funds they need to fight for his freedom. 

 

Learn more about Daniel's case here in a summary that includes a personal look at Daniel's wrongful conviction through his own descriptions.  

 

You can also learn more about Daniel's case at the website www.freedanielholtzclaw.com maintained by his sister Jenny Holtzclaw.

Daniel Holtzclaw is now in his 5th year of a 263-year prison sentence and is fighting his wrongful conviction in every court possible. 

 

In August 2019, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals denied Daniel's appeal, which was filed by an appellate attorney appointed by the State because Daniel and his parents used up their savings to pay for his trial defense, leaving Daniel indigent.   

 

Daniel appealed the unjust denial of his direct appeal by filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 30, 2019.  Unable to correct every inustice brought to its attention, the Supreme Court declined to hear Daniel's case in March 2020, but filing the Cert Petition had a strategic benefit:  it has provided Daniel with seven extra months before his Federal Habeas Corpus Petition is due.

Daniel is now in the process of preparing an Oklahoma state Application for Post-Conviction Relief, which must be completed before March 2021.

Daniel Holtzclaw was wrongfully convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting eight out of thirteen African-American complainants after the presumption of guilt, investigators’ tunnel vision, and flawed DNA analysis led detectives to reverse-engineer a case against Daniel following a single allegation lacking forensic evidence.

Detectives believed Daniel was guilty in part because of DNA on the fly of his uniform pants that had an innocent explanation -- skin cell DNA indirect transfer.  Detectives proceeded to use Daniel's own police records to contact and solicit allegations from over 40 African-American women with criminal histories and warrants.  Detectives untruthfully told many of these women that police had received a "tip" that they may have been sexually assaulted by a "bad" cop with many victims. 

 

Ultimately 13 complainants went to trial.  Ten of them were found by police by using Daniel's own records of people he had stopped.  The remaining 3 women came forward on their own, but Daniel was entirely acquitted of the allegations of two of them.  In addition, 8 individuals made false allegations that were determined to be false immediately and so never went to trial. 

Although there was no direct evidence supporting the allegations of sexual assault, and numerous contradictions existed in the women's testimony, Daniel was found guilty of 18 out of 36 counts after the prosecutor untruthfully told the jurors that DNA on the fly of Daniel's uniform pants derived from vaginal fluid.  Protesters outside the courtroom shouted "Racist jury, racist cop" and "Give him life."

Six internationally renowned forensic experts, including Dr. Peter Gill, reviewed the DNA data and documents in Daniel's case and concluded that the State's arguments were so fundamentally flawed as to require a new trial for Daniel.  The experts released their findings publicly in a "Report on Scientific Issues in the Case of Oklahoma v. Daniel K. Holtzclaw by an International Panel of Forensic Experts."

Daniel was brought to injustice rather than justice.  It is profoundly dangerous when prosecutors misuse DNA to secure a conviction and when a defendant is treated as guilty long before the trial, as Daniel Holtzclaw's case dramatically illustrates. 

 

Three documentary videos about Daniel Holtzclaw's case have been released by Michelle Malkin Investigates on Youtube to expose the injustice of his conviction:  

 

"Daniel in the Den:  The Truth about the Holtzclaw Case

 

"Forensic Scientists Speak Out On Daniel Holtzclaw Case"

 

"Railroaded:  Surviving Wrongful Convictions"

 

With your help, we are working to right this wrong so that Daniel and other innocent people are freed from prison and the innocent avoid being convicted in the first place. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP
DANIEL HOLTZCLAW

Daniel's friends and family have created a Petition requesting that Oklahoma officials free him because he is innocent. 

 

You can help Daniel by signing and sharing his freedom petition.

 

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT is raising funds for the legal defense of Daniel Holtzclaw.

Your donation will contribute to the legal defense funds of Daniel and other innocent individuals who have been wrongfully accused or convicted.

Your donation will also help reduce the chance of wrongful convictions by enabling us to contribute body camera funds to police departments needing financial support to purchase and maintain body cameras for their officers.

Thank you for taking a stand for justice!

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT would like to announce our support for Tim Wright Jr., who was wrongfully convicted of murder on October 4, 2008, in Amherst, Virginia. 

 

We are on a truth-finding mission, currently working with investigators, forensic experts, and attorneys to uncover the full truth in Tim’s case and help him prove his innocence in court.

 

What makes this case a particular injustice is that Tim is a Gulf War veteran who served his country in the Marine Corps and came home only to be set up a couple months later for a crime he did not commit.

 

Nothing about this case is ordinary.  It involves law enforcement’s protection of a man who accused Tim but should have been the prime suspect from the start, a missing handgun, incomplete and missing forensic evidence, witnesses who changed their stories at least six times, jailhouse snitches who were given promises and deals for false testimony, and serious police misconduct.

 

Tim was arrested after an acquaintance, the son of a Deputy Sheriff, accused Tim of driving with him over 70 mph and leaning out of the passenger seat of Tim’s truck to shoot a young man, Justin Robert Baumgardner, as he was driving his own vehicle. 

 

The Deputy’s son should have been the prime suspect immediately because his statements placed him in close proximity to the victim on the night of the murder and his story of events, which changed multiple times, did not match the available physical evidence. 

 

Making wild, ever-changing allegations that shifted over the course of the investigation, the Deputy’s son first claimed that his gun had been stolen by Tim several days before the murder and that Tim had kidnapped him.  The charges resulting from those false allegations were dropped within a month when the evidence proved the charges could not be supported. 

 

But the Amherst Police Department did not let go of Tim as a suspect and proceeded to mount a biased investigation to protect the son of the law enforcement officer.  From there, the State’s case shifted as it manufactured a case around its arrest of Tim Wright Jr. despite lacking evidence to support it.

 

Tim was ultimately convicted and given life (63 years) without parole even though the evidence did not point to him.  He has been in prison for 12 years in Virginia.

 

There is no better way to truly put Tim’s wrongful conviction into perspective than to use the words of the trial judge, Judge J. Michael Gamble.  During a recorded sidebar, the judge stated, “Isn’t the cat out of the bag though?  Isn’t the issue...hasn’t the defendant put the issue on the table squarely whether there was a cover-up or ignoring of information by the police department with the implicit motive that it was a deputy’s son that was involved?”  Special Prosecutor Ms. Garst replied: “I acknowledge that, Your Honor. I fully acknowledge that.”

 

UNCUFF has taken on Tim’s case, realizing that it was built on prejudice, mischaracterization of facts, and outright lies. 

 

Among Tim’s many supporters is his wife, Danielle Laskie-Wright of Australia, staunchly advocating for him from afar.  Tim’s wrongful conviction led to an unexpected love story:  Tim and Danielle first met online during his imprisonment. 

 

To learn more about the terrible injustice of Tim Wright Jr.’s wrongful conviction and to show your support for him, visit Tim’s website at www.innocence4tim.com.  

 

You can also listen to the Mindshock True Shock Podcast on YouTube featuring Tim’s case of wrongful conviction. 

 

Signing Tim Wright Jr.’s online petition is a way you can show support for opening an investigation into his case to help prove his innocence.  

 

Please join us in this fight to free Tim Wright Jr. so he can continue on with his life waiting for him outside prison walls!

#innocence4tim

HOW YOU CAN HELP
TIM WRIGHT, JR.

Tim and his wife Danielle have created a petition asking officials in Virginia's government to open an investigation into Tim's case and help prove his innocence.

 

You can help Tim by signing and sharing his freedom petition.

 

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT is raising funds for investigations to help in the legal defense of Tim Wright, Jr.

Your donation will contribute to the legal defense funds of Tim and other innocent individuals who have been wrongfully accused or convicted.

Your donation will also help reduce the chance of wrongful convictions by enabling us to contribute body camera funds to police departments needing financial assistance to purchase and maintain body cameras for their officers.  Thank you for helping UNCUFF THE INNOCENT!

Tim Wright, Jr., and Danielle Laskie-Wright

BODY CAMERA FUNDS FOR AN 

OKLAHOMA POLICE DEPARTMENT

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT has provided funds to an Oklahoma police department needing financial aid to purchase and maintain body cameras for its officers. 

 

More than 50,000 residents in the area rely on this police department for safety.  We are glad our contribution will help the agency provide its officers with body-worn cameras that will protect both law enforcement officers and the public from false allegations.

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT is giving funds to the body camera programs of law enforcement agencies in honor of Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was provided with neither a dash cam nor a body-worn camera that would have protected him from being wrongfully convicted. 

CONTACT

UNCUFF THE INNOCENT

P.O. BOX 184

Ames, Iowa 50010

Email:  uncuff@uncufftheinnocent.org