GREAT NEWS! Prosecutors just dropped the death penalty from Marvin Guy's case. Episode 674 of The Breakdown with Shaun King
Our fight for Marvin is far from over, but this is a HUGE milestone!
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Please let me tell you a story - and read to the end for me, OK?
2 years ago I learned that Texas had been holding an innocent Black man named Marvin Guy in a local county jail for 6 years without EVER GOING TO TRIAL or being found guilty of a crime after police conducted an outrageous no-knock raid on his home. They said Marvin was running a drug operation from his home. He wasn’t. And no drugs, of course, were even found in his home.
A police officer was shot and killed in the raid, likely by his fellow officers, and local prosecutors wanted blood. But Marvin did nothing wrong. They decided to pursue the death penalty against Marvin and have held him in jail for EIGHT YEARS now without a trial. It’s an abomination.
And our team @GrassrootsLaw decided to take on Marvin’s entire case to hopefully save this man’s life and get him free from jail. We hired brand new lawyers and experts and a team to fight for Marvin.
Taking on this case was a multi-million dollar commitment that we knew could fail.
It ultimately has ended up being the #1 expense of our entire organization and required us to even have to let some of our best staff go to be able to keep fighting for Marvin.
But yesterday, admitting that their case against Marvin is weak, prosecutors dropped the death penalty against him, which is GREAT news.
We hope to get Marvin free without even going to trial. They should drop the charges and release him on time served, but even if it goes to trial, we will be ready.
➡️ THANK YOU so much to all of our donors and volunteers @GrassrootsLaw. You make this possible.
➡️ Thank you so much to the staff @GrassrootsLaw for building an international campaign for Marvin from the ground up.
➡️ Thank you to the brilliant legal team for Marvin for taking over this case and getting us this far.
➡️ Thank you to Marvin’s family and friends and community for never giving up on him and trusting us to get Marvin this far.
➡️ And lastly, thank you to my family, friends, and supporters for continuing to support and believe in me in the face of so much hate and negativity.
Let’s keep pushing for good.
PS: You can still join us now @ FreeMarvinGuy.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shaun King is one of the most followed and shared activists and journalists in the world. In addition to being the Founder and Editor in Chief of The North Star, he also leads the Grassroots Law Project and the Real Justice PAC and recently became the Contributing Editor for Newsweek. A historian by training, Shaun King is the New York Times bestselling author of Make Change: How to Fight Injustice, Dismantle Systemic Oppression, and Own Our Future. Shaun’s daily news podcast, The Breakdown with Shaun King, has been heard and shared hundreds of millions of times in almost every country in the world and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are heard. Shaun has been with his brilliant wife, Rai, for nearly 25 years, and they are raising their 5 kids in Brooklyn, New York.