Post by drmalcolmxbrown on May 21, 2007 6:35:50 GMT -5
Re: Maurice Allan Mason - Death Row Ohio
Maurice Mason is on Death Row in Mansfield Ohio, and is awaiting the Court's decision on his final appeal. More than likely a serious execution date will be set for him in 2008
Mr. Mason was convicted of aggravated murder in a case that involved the rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman, Robin Dennis, in February 1993, and because Mr. Mason was having a sexual relationship with this woman, his DNA was found.
But Mr. Mason has always claimed to be innocent of this crime, although he has a long criminal record involving drug-related offenses and burglary as a result of growing up in a family where both parents used and trafficked in drugs, giving both marijuana and cocaine to their son as a child, and bringing him into the 'family business' when he was around 12.
The fact that Robin Dennis was found clutching blonde hair, when Maurice Mason is an African-American with curly black hair (and much other evidence) appears to have been ignored by all and sundry, but now there is further evidence to support his innocence.
Mr. Mason has just been sent a copy of the Coroner's report on the death of Mrs. Dennis, which he had not previously seen, of which he has sent me a photocopy. The report states that the date of death was February 13th, at which time Mr. Mason was in jail on a parole violation.
Robin Dennis went missing on February 8th 1993, and Maurice Mason was picked up for questioning and subsequently arrested and jailed for a parole violation on February 12th. According to the Coroner's Report Robin Dennis was not killed until the next day February 13th, at which time Mr. Mason was still in jail, and clearly could not have committed the murder.
Being black, indigent and having a criminal record, Mr. Mason does not have many people batting for him, and I fear that if something is not done soon, Maurice Mason will be the next innocent man to die for a crime he did not commit.
Another cause for concern with this case is the U.S Supreme Court's ruling that it is constitutional to execute an INNOCENT person as long as they had a "fair" trial. Consider that in 124 wrongful convictions/death row exonerations since 1972, All of these people were at one point considered to have received a "fair" trial.
Remember, when the wrong person is convicted, the actual killer remains free