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Free Jeffrey and Nanette Burks
Are you committed to the promotion of social justice? And are you equally supportive in helping to correct the miscarriages of justice and travesties that sometimes takes place in our judicial system? If you stand behind one or both, then you will want to help Jeff and Nette win their freedom after 38 years of imprisonment.
Today Jeff stands as one of the truly innocent men behind prison walls. Jeff was originally imprisoned in 1974, when at age 19 he made a serious mistake which led to a 7 years to life sentence for a crime which he did commit. After imprisonment he fell in love with his childhood friend Nanette and eventually they were married at Soledad prison in 1977. In January 1984, Jeff was given a tentative parole date for 1988, but that release never happened.
During the most violent period in the history of the United States prison system, Jeff was framed and then convicted of the murder of a fellow prisoner. Here are some of the headlines and articles from that time...
’85 BLOODIEST YEAR FOR FOLSOM INMATES, “The Sacramento Bee, Thursday, May 30, 1985. It was described as the bloodiest day of the bloodiest year in recent memory when eight inmates were stabbed Monday inside Folsom Prison. One of the stabbings was fatal. Those injuries jumped the stabbings of prisoners in Folsom to 114 for the year – five more than the total for all of 1984. (See Exhibit OO)
[May 31, 1985, LETTER TO CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE, JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRISON CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS: FROM SENATOR ROBERT PRESLEY (CHAIRMAN): “HEARING ON JUNE 19 ON VIOLENCE RATE, STABBINGS AT FOLSOM PRISON”. FOLSOM MUST BE ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT, IF NOT THE THE MOST VIOLENT IN THE NATION WITH THE NUMBER OF STABBINGS. THEY WILL APPARENTLY HAVE 230-250 STABBINGS THIS YEAR BASED ON THE 115 AT THE HALFWAY MARK. THE RATE IS ALREADY TWICE THAT OF LAST YEAR, AND THE 115 STABBINGS BY THE END OF MAY COMPARES TO 94 IN ALL OF 1984.]
See also, California State Senate Hearings, closing statement by Senator John Vasconcellos, October 22, 1998, after extensive investigations into allegations of corruption, deaths and frame ups, it was concluded that the California Department of Corrections was charged with being responsible for , “A REIGN OF DEATH AND COVER UPS.” Read the full government conclusion of the corrupt prison system. (See Exhibit MM)
On March 24, 1984, in an environment of stabbings, deaths and cover ups Edward Brooks was brutally stabbed to death on the maximum security exercise yard in Folsom Prison. After Brooks body was carried away, inmates who were thought to be involved in the incident were immediately removed by Officer D. L. Stafford. Inmates Rickey A. Bonville and Warren D. Jordan were removed first from the exercise yard and searched by guards who found cuts on their hands and arm and spots of blood in Bonville's face. Jeff was removed from the exercise yard an hour after the incident and no blood, cuts or scratches were found on him. There was no indication from anyone that he had been involved in the stabbing. (See Exhibit T).
Five hours later Jeff was informed by Sgt. J. Walker, that he was being charged with the stabbing death of Edward Brooks by gun tower Officer D.L. Stafford. Sgt. Walker, added that he knew the charge was wrong because he had been looking out of the first tier window with four other guards watching Jeff play basketball at the opposite end of the exercise yard when the stabbing took place and he promised Jeff that he would correct the mistake Office D.L. Stafford had made. (See Exhibit B and Grand Jury Exhibits of Photos of the Exercise Yard)
The following day March 25, 1984, at 9:00 am, just seventeen (17) hours after accusing Jeff of stabbing Brooks, Officer D.L. Stafford, was called to cell #9, which was occupied by Rickey A. Bonville (who when searched immediately after the incident, had blood on his arm, a scratch on his finger, and splatters of blood on his face). Bonville told Officer Stafford that he (Officer Stafford) was mistaken, Jeff didn’t kill Brooks, it was him, Bonville, who had stabbed Brooks to death. He also told Officer Stafford where he left his knife after the stabbing. This was the first of 3 confessions Bonville made in an attempt to clear Jeff of the wrongful charge. (See Exhibit C, D, and A)
On Monday, March 26, 1984, Sgt. J. Walker, personally searched Bonville’s cell and discovered 44 inches of strapping metal missing. The remaining strapping metal was removed. Forensic examinations revealed that one of the knives used to kill Edward Brooks matched the strapping metal removed from Bonville’s cell. (See Exhibits E and HH)
On March 27, 1984 at 8:44 a.m., Officer J.A. Colvin, who was assigned to make an investigative report, interviewed Officer D.L. Stafford. When asked if Jeff was playing basketball when the incident took place? Stafford replied, “I don’t recall him playing basketball.” (See Exhibit F)
Again on March 27, minutes after conducting the first of two interviews with Stafford, Officer Colvin again asked Stafford, “what was Burks doing when the incident took place?” Stafford replied, “Burks was playing basketball in the outer boundaries closest to the attack area.” At Jeff’s trial, Officer Colvin testified that her first report had been altered. (See Exhibit G)
While the factual evidence of Jeff’s innocence quickly surfaces, Sgt. J. Walker is behind closed doors utilizing the power of “THE GREEN WALL”, a well documented prison guard gang, to bury the truth and setting the stage to frame Jeff. (See Private Investigator David Lynn's report to Inspector General) On April 5, 1984, Jeff is found guilty of the rules violation report submitted by Officer Stafford. When called to the hearing by Jeff, Sgt. Walker refused to answer Jeff’s questions regarding him and the four other guards looking out of the first tier windows watching the basketball game when Brooks was being murdered. Sixteen years later when interviewed by a private investigator, Sgt. Walker inadvertently admits he and four other officers were at the window watching the basketball game and the attack on Brooks. (See Exhibit U)
On April 7, after learning Jeff was found guilty by the disciplinary committee, Warren Jordan , (who when searched immediately after the incident, had a scratch on his finger) summoned Sgt. Walker to his cell and confessed to killing Edward Brooks. When Sgt. Walker heard this he stated, “wait a minute, Bonville already confessed to the killing.” However, at Jeff’s hearing Sgt. Walker kept quiet about his observations from the window, about the 44 inches of metal missing from Boneville’s cell, and about Bonville’s confession. (See Exhibit H) On April 9, Warren Jordan made a detailed taped confession to the District Attorney Investigator Ray Schultz. (See Exhibit I)
Three years later in what can only be described as a miscarriage of justice, Jeff was found guilty of killing Edward Brooks. Following eleven eyewitnesses who identified Jordan and Bonville as the killers and Jordan’s courtroom confession, the prosecutor John O’Mara slammed his note pad to the floor and screamed at the jurors saying, “Now ladies and gentlemen, if there’s a failure of proof in this case, promise me one thing. Do not find that man, Jordan, guilty of killing Edward Brooks… He’s trying to suck you in. Do not dignify this circus by finding Mr. Jordan guilty of this murder. He’s a violent fellow. He’ll be back I’m sure and we’ll be ready and waiting for him but do not play his silly game.” Rejecting all factual proof and evidence, the jury does what O’Mara asked and acquits the confessed murderers Jordan and Bonville and finds Jeff guilty! (See Exhibit of Summary of Trial Transcripts Vol. 43-44, pg 12412-12767)
The initial charge and cover up led to this travesty. At trial Officer Stafford was the only eyewitness against Jeff. Evidence of Jeff’s innocence was overwhelming. Please explore our website, understanding that this is an amatuer attempt by family to get this information exposed. We will include more detailed exhibits, reports and newly discovered evidence of the cover up and plans implemented to frame Jeff.
Jeff and Nette have waged this war for over 26 years and with the help of family, friend and the Northern California Innocence Project, we have compiled an enormous amount of exculpatory evidence that we presented in petition to the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court, seeking a reversal of the wrongful conviction, but again justice has been denied. To continue pursuing justice we need your help. If you care to see justice prevail and want to help an innocent man be free and go home to his wife of 36 years and his family, this is your time. Please donate to our cause or pass this extraordinary story on to others who can help. You can email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org also visit his facebook page. Thank you for your time, consideration and prayers.