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Critical hearing for death row inmate postponed till April 5

NOTE: Hearing postponed until April 5 at 10AM. Judge likely to decide whether wrongfully convicted death row inmate will be granted new trial in closely watched police torture case. Mother of Aaron Patterson appeals to public to attend court hearing.
Important Change! Aaron Patterson's hearing, previously scheduled for Thursday, March 28th has been postponed until April 5th at 10:00 AM.


COURT HEARING on possible new trial for wrongfully convicted death row inmate and police torture victim Aaron Patterson:

Postponed until April 5, 2002
10 AM, Room 400, Judge Toomin
26th and California, Chicago, IL

An urgent appeal from JoAnn Patterson, mother of wrongfully convicted death row inmate and police torture victim Aaron Patterson:

Dear Supporters,

Please attend a court decision relative to a possible retrial for death row inmate Aaron Patterson, B00567, PO Box 99, Pontiac, IL 61764. We need to fill up the courtroom with eyes and ears to witness the court's procedures during this case. We also need you there to demonstrate your support for Aaron and for justice.

Aaron Patterson, an Area 2 torture victim under Chicago Police Jon Burge and his officers, was tortured with a "suffocation hood" to extract a confession. During the torture Aaron said, "Say anything you want," the officers wrote a confession, which is unsigned by Aaron. In addition to the officers written confession, the prosecutors used a witness's statement claiming Aaron told her he did the crime. This witness recanted her statement at trail; but it was suppressed. The witness, since and still, recants her statement. Aaron was sentenced to death in 1989 for the homicide of Victor and Rafaela Sanchez during a home invasion and burglary. The only evidence that connects Aaron to this crime is an unsigned confession. No physical evidence links Aaron to this crime. Finger prints found in the Sanchez's house did not match Aaron's prints.

Please come to support justice with your eyes and ears at court:

Postponed until April 5
10 AM, Room 400, Judge Toomin
26th and California, Chicago, IL

Hope to see you there. For more information, contact the Aaron Patterson Defense Committee/J. Patterson at (773) 643-0605.
 
 

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