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General News    H4'ed 12/18/18

Clemency For Cyntoia Brown

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Cyntoia Brown, sentenced at 16 to life in prison, to plea for ...
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Activists nationwide, have started a campaign asking the public to pressure Tennessee’s outgoing governor to grant clemency to Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. In 2004, when she was 16, Brown was convicted in the first-degree murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen, who is alleged to have hired the then teenager for the purposes of paying her for sex. At the time, Brown was a victim of sex trafficking and was reportedly being abused emotionally and physically by a pimp who often held her at gunpoint. Black Lives Matter Nashville has issued a call for citizens to ask TN Gov Bill Haslam to grant her clemency before he leaves office. Haslam announced that he is looking into the matter and is weighing whether he will use his powers to free Brown before his term expires. Sign a petition here.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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