Clarence Aaron is serving three consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole for a minor role in a drug conspiracy. He has been in prison since December 1993. Since then, Clarence has been a model prisoner. He has maintained a perfect behavior record and continually receives exceptional work evaluations.
Mr. Aaron had no previous criminal record. He was a successful student and athlete, graduating from LeFlore Magnet High School in Mobile, AL. He scored in the 74th percentile on the ACT. He attended Mississippi Valley State University and later transferred to Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was attending on an athletic scholarship for football and was majoring in marketing. During college, Clarence held a summer job through his membership with the International Longshoreman's Association and participated in activities with his local Masonry Lodge. Clarence is the only son of Linda Aaron.
In the summer before his final year at Southern University, Clarence was approached by a childhood friend from Mobile who asked Clarence if he knew of anyone who could supply him with cocaine. Clarence knew of people who dealt drugs in Louisiana and helped his old friend by arranging a meeting with a drug dealer from Baton Rouge. Distrustful of each other, the two parties insisted Clarence be present during their meeting. Clarence foolishly agreed.
Following that incident, Clarence returned for his fourth year of studies at Southern University. The next winter Clarence was pulled out of a class by F.B.I. agents and arrested. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute nine kilograms of cocaine and attempting to possess with intent to distribute fifteen kilograms of cocaine. His first trial ended in a hung jury. Upon retrial, Clarence was convicted on the testimony of co-conspirators who got lenient sentences in exchange for their testimony against him.
In 1999, Clarence was featured in the PBS Frontline documentary "Snitch," about the use of informants in federal drug trials. A juror in Clarence's case who was interviewed in "Snitch" was shocked when he learned the length of Clarence's sentence. He thought Clarence should have received a sentence of only a few years. On January 17, 2001, Rep. Sonny Callahan, the Member of Congress representing Mobile, asked President Clinton to consider granting a pardon for Clarence.
Help Free Clarence Aaron!
Clarence Aaron is serving three life sentences for a minor role in a crack cocaine deal. From Mobile, Alabama, he was a college student and football player at the time, with no history of misbehavior or misconduct. He has been in maximum security for 9 1/2 years. The long-time, big-time, professional drug dealers he aided were released from prison years ago! Please take two minutes, click on
http://www.cjpf.org/takeaction/clarenceaaron.html and copy a letter to mail or fax to President Bush asking him to commute Clarence's sentence. It will be ten years this Christmas.