Montanans For Justice, in conjunction with The Montana Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, has posted a petition on www.change.org for the release of Barry Beach. This petition calls upon the State of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock and Attorney General Tim Fox to grant Barry freedom. Montanans For Justice will post a petition on their own website shortly, but please help support Barry by signing this petition.
According to Montana KXLH
Former Montana U.S. Attorney Bill Mercer believes there is one avenue remaining: Governor Steve Bullock.
Despite the fact that Bullock was Montana’s Attorney General at the time of Beach’s release on December 7th, 2011, and was fighting to uphold the state’s conviction, Mercer says the governor may consider granting Beach a pardon.
“I think that it’s at least arguable that…Bullock was simply defending what had happened below (in lower courts),” said Mercer. “Now he’s in a position where he would be exercising authority on pardon and clemency. That’s only vested in him. It’s a different role. He could take a fresh look. It’s more than simply defending a judgment.”
Mercer says even if Beach were to receive a re-consideration from a court and Tuesday’s decision was overturned, the length of process would likely mean Beach would still remain incarcerated for several more years.
A few reminders:
- We are still encouraged to write to the Governor’s office.
- Make sure to only sign petitions that originate from Montanans for Justice or Centurion Ministries.
- They also reminded us to make sure that we remain supportive and not aggressive in all we do.
*Let us be mindful to be professional and to set a good example in all that we do*