Baker Mayfield calls on Oklahoma to commute sentence of death row inmate

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is urging the state of Oklahoma to commute the sentence of Julius Jones, a death row inmate who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2002.

Jones has always maintained his innocence, and his case has drawn renewed attention from celebrities and athletes, particularly over revelations that racial slurs were used both by a police officer involved in his case and a juror during his trial.

“Beyond the obvious shortcomings of the trial, another issue that continues to weigh on me is the obvious racial bias that permeated Julius’ arrest, prosecution, and conviction,” Mayfield wrote. “Every American is supposed to be guaranteed a fair and impartial trial. But when your arresting officer calls you the “n-word,” when a juror calls you the “n-word” and when all of this unfolds in the context of decades of death penalty convictions slanted against black men, it is impossible to conclude that Julius received fair and impartial treatment. The Oklahomans I met are not racist; they are not mean-spirited, and they do not wish to participate in injustice in this day and age. That is why I am confident that when Oklahomans become aware of the facts surrounding Julius Jones and his conviction, they will demand that his sentence be commuted.”

Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Oklahoma, has lent his support to protests after the death of George Floyd and said he plans to kneel during the national anthem this season and doesn’t care if that costs him fans. Social justice causes are important to Mayfield, and he’s using his platform for them.

18 responses to “Baker Mayfield calls on Oklahoma to commute sentence of death row inmate

  1. Wow this guy went from being a bit of an egotistical windbag to completely unlikable on any level.

  2. I dont know if this man is guilty or not – but the fact that the police officer and juror (wow) using those words shows it wasn’t a fair trial. This is the kind of stuff people are fed up with – treat people equally.

  3. IF BAKER MAYFIELD FEELS THIS WAY, then by all means release him….i mean Baker is really on top of things regarding these matters, just take a look at his track record as the Browns QB…. oh wait, never mind!!!

  4. I dont care for Baker much – but I cant hate on him for this based on what is presented in this article. Undoubtedly guilty have got off on less – seems like there is something here to look at.

  5. Baker is showing some serious leadership here, this is the kind of stuff that drew the Browns to draft him first overall. Keep being you Bake, hopefully your football comes around, you have all of the leadership qualities you need. I don’t know the all the facts of the case, however, it’s clear that Mr. Jones was not only presumed guilty, he was presumed inferior.

  6. I don’t pretend to know anything about the case. What does the evidence show ? I’m sure that some unpleasant things have and will be said about Derek Chauvin. Should he be let go based on that ? Or should we review the evidence and determine guilt or innocence based on facts ?

  7. If Julius Jones was wrongly accused, it is a travesty. Also, it is because Chris Jordan (an African American) lied and claimed he saw Jones pull the trigger. How is this about race or police when the bad actor in this story is Chris Jordan, who lied?

  8. Does he deserve a new trail, maybe. Does he deserve to have sentence commuted, I don’t think so. These are two very different things.

    It was hard looking this case up online because all you find are people saying he isn’t guilty and should be set free. But after a little more digging a found a couple things that makes me think different. The main evidence in the trail was the murder weapon and the victims sister as an eye witness. The victims sister say the guy that did it was wearing a red bandanna. Later the red bandanna was found wrapped around the murder weapon (.25 gun) in the ceiling above Jones’ bed. Jones’ attorney claimed his friend did the shooting and planted it to frame Jones.

    In 2018 Jones” attorneys had a stain on the bandanna tested for DNA to help prove that Jones didn’t do it. The only problem is it came back as Jones’ DNA.

    Now like I said above, if a judge would find the trail wasn’t fair by all means give him a new one! But in my mind there is to much evidence against him to just commute his sentence.

  9. “Yep, let everyone in prison go….and take them to mayfield house”

    Commuting a sentence is not synonymous with letting someone go. For a death penalty verdict, the sentence would likely be commuted to life. While our judicial system is better than most, as Bryan Stevenson made clear in Just Mercy, it’s not perfect. Small town sheriff needs to close a high profile case to win re-election, witness tampering/unreliability, rigged juries, the effect change of venue can have on jury composition (LA ’92), racial bias, the uneven quality of public defenders, and the fact that public defenders are often too poorly resourced to conduct thorough investigations. Death may be the perfect “eye for an eye” verdict, but if the judicial system that imposes it is not equally perfect, it creates the very real possibility that the people of the State of Wherever will eventually be proven to have avenged one senseless murder by committing another. A National Academy of Sciences study determined that at least 4% of those on death row are in fact innocent. I have no desire to have the state commit murder on my behalf. You can’t learn from the dead. A verdict of life is no less a deterrent than death, and in the end, it weighs less heavily on both the taxpayer’s wallet and conscience. Thank you, Baker.

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