Richard Johnson, a graduate of Emory and Henry College in VA, USA, was arrested on a trumped up male rape charge for performing oral sex on another man. The ADA prosecuting this case seemed very homophobic, even so much to say that this was "every man's nightmare."
On December 14th, 2011 he was found guilty of this farce and sent to North Central Regional Jail. The jury that convicted him were very conservative, older ladies and men and grew up in a time when punishing someone simply for being a homosexual was not only accepted, but encouraged. He is currently facing 11 to 30 years in prison for the ignorance and homophobia of a community.
We, the undersigned, call for the City of Morgantown, WV to revisit the conviction of Richard N. Johnson II with mind to overturn the previous verdict of 'guilty.'
It is the opinion of the undersigned that a verdict of guilty was only found because of the homophobia of the District Attorney's office, and the jury present for the trial.
In lieu of a flat overturning of the verdict, we call that a new trial be granted, with a different District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney, not associated with anyone prosecuting the original case.
The Free Richard! petition to The City of Morgantown, WV was written by Andrew Carr and is in the category Justice at GoPetition.