In October, Anthony completed two years’ probation as a condition of his release. But his life has been far from easy. The 2012 conviction of second-degree murder makes it appear as if he is guilty of committing a recent and egregious crime. Employment has been difficult. UPS and the Chicago Transit Authority denied hiring Anthony through their ex-offenders program due to his “recent” conviction. Union trade programs and even a commercial truck driver training program also refused him.
Anthony’s 2012 conviction leaves him with limited possibilities. He wants to establish a career, financially support his family and move them out of their dangerous Chicago neighborhood. And he wants to work with young men facing the same problems he faced at their age.
If granted clemency, Anthony’s 2012 conviction – for a crime he did not commit – will be removed from his record. Only then will Anthony truly be free.
So, how can you help?
Stand with Anthony by adding your name in support of his clemency petition at change.org.
Stand with Anthony by attending his public hearing before the Prisoner Review Board on January 13, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the Author’s Room at the Illinois State Library, 300 S. Second Street, Springfield, Ill.
To learn more about Anthony and IIP’s role in his case, go to: http://www.uis.edu/innocenceproject/cases/exonorees/anthonymurray/