Some Positive Developments

Date: November 3, 2019
Time: 9:37 am
Location: Toledo Korrectional Institution

After recently getting another five-year flop, in August, at the corrupt parole board, I have a few positive developments to share with you, as well as another bizarre and unbelievable one.

On November 1, 2019, after trying for years to make this happen, with the help of my brother, I was able to put up a digital billboard in Atlanta, GA (on the streets of 8th and Peachtree) and one in Ohio (On State Highway 35, west-bound, near Dayton, OH). They display my website and the name of my documentary!

The erecting of my billboards is perfect timing, that is, considering that legislation on behalf of old-law prisoners has been recently introduced to Ohio legislators by Beverly Seymour and James Kronenberger of the prisoner rights organization Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry.

Three screenings for the documentary have been scheduled in January along with an interview for the Final Straw radio show in North Carolina, which was made possible by old-law political prisoner David Easley (Toledo, OH #306-400).

Now, as for the bizarre story … Last week, I was called out to speak to two Ohio Highway Patrolmen about an incident in which they said they received information that I was trying to put out a hit on the parole board! My first reaction to this was laughter, because someone is clearly trying to set me up. At the time, I couldn’t think of anyone who would try to set me up like this. But, after I went back to my cell and gave it some though, I think it’s an officer that I had an argument with that’s responsible for the attempted framing? If they’re smart, they better stop while they’re ahead, that is, unless they want to end up getting exposed in a documentary.

I assure you, I will not accept anyone setting me up again!

I know I broke the law in 1993, but what the parole board is doing to me is crazy. They need to let their grudge go and let me get on with my life. I have become bitter over the years with what they’ve done to me. I still want to get out and do everything that I can to steer at-risk youths away from the penitentiary because being incarcerated is a constant form of torture that erodes the spirit of prisoners.

Well, this is all for this posting. Please support the aforementioned introduced legislation for old-law prisoners. If anyone reading this is good at promoting social media material, please get in contact with me so I can get my social media cranked all the way up.

Doing My Best to Maintain My Sanity

Date: November 3, 2019
Time: 9:37 am
Location: Toledo Korrectional Institution

I’m doing my best to maintain my sanity in the midst of being held captive by the Ohio Parole Board. They just issued a second update of their so-called “parole board transformation reforms” (Sept. 13; www.drc.ohio.gov), which mentioned absolutely nothing about rectifying the sentencing disparity between old-law and new-law prisoners, which they said in their June 13, 2019 update that they were going to be addressing!

Nevertheless, nothing in any of the two updates was applied to me at my August 30 hearing. But, see, this is how things operate behind closed doors. They make things appear one way to the public, but in actuality, they’re doing something else. They probably have applied some of the reforms to certain prisoners.

This is how they circumvent the agendas that they appear to be carrying out on the surface. They show you a few positive things on the surface, but underneath it you have what’s being done to me still going on. If the Parole Board was truly trying to rectify the old-law disparity, I would be on my way to Cleveland and not doing another five-year flop.

A CALL TO ACTION: Send emails to Ohio senators, newspapers, TV stations, radio stations, magazine editors, college student unions, blog websites, the ACLU, churches, mosques, synagogues, fraternities, sororities, attorneys, activist-athletes, etc… and ask them to watch and share my documentary, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story. Demand that I be released by way of posting on their social media platforms and signing my change.org petition.

Ohio’s criminal justice system, as well as countless others across the U.S., is corrupt and ultra-racist. They must be pot on blast!

It’s about to be 2020 and slavery — by another name — is thriving in the USA. If the Ohio Parole Board did to Chelsea Clinton or Rush Limbaugh what they’re doing to me, everybody on the Board would get fired! You can best believe that Chelsea and Rush would be getting out of prison, for sure.

#ThisIsWhyTheyKneelForTheAnthem

Postscript:

Mentally ill inmates are being intentionally neglected by Toledo’s mental health department. Inmate Keith Gunnell (#613-236), on September 19, on third and first shift, cut himself with a razor seven or eight separate times while he was on suicide watch under “close supervision.” It wasn’t until he received 27 stitches for cutting his stomach open that he was placed on “constant supervision.” All of this was recorded on video.

On August 9, inmate Savon Davis (#577-547) went to an outside hospital for cutting his neck open.

On August 15, he was taken off of suicide watch despite never being interviewed by mental health. He, then, cut his neck again the same day and was placed back on watch.

On July 8, 2nd shift, CO Aumiller was fired for throwing a razor blade in the stripout cage of inmate Demarco Wright (#654-361). He pepper-sprayed Wright under the false pretense that the inmate was “trying to kill himself.”

All of the incidents are documented and the videos and reports can be obtained, as a matter of law, by way of making a Public Record Request to Toledo’s warden assistant 2, Sonrisa Sehlmeyer. Send requests to DRC.ToCI@odrc.state.oh.us and contact Ohio media, asking them to do the same.

Looking for Justice from the Subway Food Chain

In a desperate attempt to generate support and undo my complicated, wrongful conviction for robbing a Subway sandwich shop in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio, a spark of creativity led me to write a letter last year to Subway’s corporate headquarters. The sandwich giant, a billion-dollar franchise, would respond to my letter, I figured, in the interest of appealing to the general public and rectifying an injustice.

My optimism, however, was deflated, knocked down like a Michael Strahan sack of Tom Brady. They never responded to my letter.

In March 1993, as a juvenile, I had walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Cleveland’s Buckeye Plaza with the intention of robbing the eatery. Nervous, however, I quickly lost my gall, and I exited the restaurant without placing an order.

Several days after the abandoned robbery attempt of the Subway in the Buckeye Plaza, I was arrested for robbing a pedestrian, a crime I did commit. When I arrived at the police station, I was told I was also being arrested for robbing a doughnut shop on a street where I hadn’t been in years, “Broadway Road.”

Shortly after my arrest, while being detained in the Cuyahoga county juvenile detention center, I was indicted for the two robberies. In addition to this, however, I was also indicted for allegedly robbing a Subway sandwich shop!

When I received my indictment for the Subway robbery, I instantly assumed it had something to do with the Subway in the Buckeye Plaza, which I never robbed. The Subway I was indicted for, however, was located on “Broadway Road,” the same street where the doughnut shop I never robbed is located. 

Nevertheless, several months later, due to my complete ignorance of the 
ways in which the criminal justice system functioned, I pled guilty to all of the above charges–that is, upon being coerced to do so by my court-appointed attorneys.

Approximately 25 years after pleading guilty to crimes I didn’t commit, while reading a portion of my Cleveland Police Department records, I learned the two suspects for the Broadway Road robberies were captured on video committing at least one of the robberies. Knowing I hadn’t committed either of the robberies, and fed up with being given unwarranted sentence continuances by Ohio’s parole board, I reached out to Subway’s corporate offices. I asked them to please assist me with trying to prove my innocence by helping me obtain the video footage of the Broadway Road robbery suspects. Helping disadvantaged, wrongfully convicted human beings, however, is beyond the scope of Subway’s willingness to engage the general public. They ignored my letter.

Subway’s ignoring my plea for assistance goes completely against the upstanding and righteous corporate image they project in their commercials and marketing campaigns. This, of course, does not come as a shock to me. Most billion-dollar franchises care very little about anything aside from generating annual profits. If Subway’s former spokesman, Michael Strahan, an NFL legend, is wrongfully incarcerated, Subway will probably ignore his injustice too.


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Another FIVE-YEAR Flop!

Date: September 3, 2019
Time: Time for Justice
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst.

Once again, the corrupt Ohio Parole Board has judicially lynched me by giving me a second consecutive FIVE-YEAR flop! Yes, after having already served almost 26 years for robbery and felonious assault, the sick-in-the-head Board gave me five more year. And, what’s crazy is that they did this in spite of there being a documentary out proving that they’ve engaged in corrupt practices against me. They really think that they’re above the law, that they can’t be humbled, though. But I promise you this: nothing that they’ve done is getting swept under the rug! If its up to me, the entire world is going to see what they do to people in the heartland of the state of Ohio.

The same corrupt Board that now wants me to serve 31 years for robbery and felonious assault — that is, just to be considered for release — they’ve paroled prisoners in the past who’ve served less than 20 years for killing someone during the infamous 1993 Lucasville prison uprising (Look in The Plain Dealer Cleveland, OH archives for “Lucasville killer testified on riot; now he walks” by John Caniglia, Sept 4. 2006)! They’ve paroled prisoners who’ve escaped and never taken responsibility for their crimes. And, they’ve paroled prisoners who’ve been to prison multiple times, yet, they won’t let me go because I’m standing up for myself! I swear, the next time that his country points a finger at somebody for a human rights violation, I hope that the accused points a finger right back at this country’s modern-day system of slavery.

Ohio’s corrupt Parole Board is going to regret the corruption that they’ve engaged in against me, and that’s because I’m going to expose them in a way that they’ve never imagined! The Board doesn’t own me, and they’re about to be made aware of this fact. Fuck the bullshit 13th amendment, talking about there shall be no slavery in this country … except for the punishment of a crime. It’s these kinds of words that should make everybody in this country refuse to stand for the signing of the national anthem, which, by the way, is another historical document that’s outright racist (Read the third stanza of the anthem).

In memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and the courageous striking Memphis sanitation workers that he died standing up for, I conclude this post with these words for Ohio’s merciless Parole Board: I AM A MAN!!!

Justice for Magwood!

Date: June 30, 2019
Time: 9:34am
Location: Toledo Correctional Inst., Segregation Unit

If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that my documentary was recently released here on the website. Now you will be able to get a good look at the type of corruption and prisoner abuse that goes on behind closed doors. After you do, share your comments about the film on your social media platform and contact somebody in Ohio about the injustice. Write an elected official, the media, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, me, etc… Do something, please! You can make a donation to my crowdfunding campaign if you want. Anything will be helpful and appreciated!

I want to turn your attention to a prisoner in the prison I’m at named Shane Magwood (#692-140). On June 16, 2019, while he was on suicide watch, he was sprayed with an entire can of mace and then taken to a walk-in shower and brutally beaten while handcuffed by two Segregation Unit officers. I witnessed the beating and Magwood was beaten right in front of numerous officers, whom all watched and did nothing. Magwood’s jaw was left swollen and his lip was busted. He was taken to another suicide watch cell in the medical unit and kept there overnight, but was denied medical attention. The next day, he was placed back in his original suicide watch cell in D3-East-6, which was still covered with mace. He was then, against his wishes, taken off of suicide watch despite still being suicidal.

All of the officers involved in the incident with inmate Magwood were placed under investigation. At the time of this writing, they’re still under investigation. With this being said, I want to ask if you will help inmate Magwood with trying to secure a civil attorney to represent him pro bono. An attorney in the Toledo, OH area would be preferred so they can easily travel to meet with Mr. Magwood. Considering the circumstances, any attorney will do. Below is vital information for you to pass on to the attorney:

Date of Incident: June 16, 2019
Inmate Name: Shane Magwood #692-140
Location: Toledo Correctional Institution, Seg Unit D3-East-6
Time: Approx 4:20 – 4:35pm
Additional Info: Multiple officers were relieved of their duty and sent home under investigation.
Public Requests for video should be made to:
Sonrisa Sehlmeyer, Correction Warden’s Assistant #2 at drctoci@odrc.state.oh.us.

While I’m hoping that a lawyer will make the public records request, I want to point out that you can make the request too! So, don’t hesitate to demand to see this video or any other video in the future. Post them on social media and send them to mainstream and alternative media outlets. The only way that these Klan-like beatings are going to be stopped is if we stop them — that is, by exposing all who are responsible! Reach out to the media, journalism classes, mass communication classes, etc… Just get the word out about what’s going on.

I want to conclude by asking that you please support and, if possible, attend the August 3, 2019 Criminal Justice Forum in Columbus, Ohio. It’s hosted by Fair Treatment Reform and Reentry. For more info about the event, contact them at:

fairtreatmentreformandreentry.org
fairtreatmentreform@gmail.com
facebook.com/fairtreatmentreformandreentry
614-404-4924

A Disturbing Update and The Tragedy of Heather D. Turfley

Date: June 9, 2019
Time: Around 5:00pm
Location: A DRC Torture Camp in Toledo, OH

Since my last blog post, my life has consisted of a series of roller coaster-like highs and lows. About the only good news I have to repeat is that my documentary was screened March 11, at Denison University and was reported on by National Public Radio affiliate WOSU 89.7 FM. Tiffany Smith of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center is also helping me now. The publicity from my documentary, however, has led to some looking-for-trouble inmates labeling me as a “hideout” prisoner, which is a term used to describe inmates who refuse to be housed in general population. As a result of this, in the interest of not wanting to get into any serious trouble, on May 12, I refused to Lock in general population and voluntarily went to the hole.

Two weeks after I went to the hole, on May 30th, I kicked on my cell door in an attempt to get somebody to contact the mailroom about some stamps that I was waiting to receive. Lt. Jordon Reichenbaugh eventually came to my cell (D3-East-5) and began arguing with me about kicking on the door. I tried to explain my issue to him, and he went on to tell me he was “going to wipe his ass with my stamps,” and then he exited the cellblock. A few moments later, he returned back to my cell with two or three officers and told me to get handcuffed.

I complied with the directive and was then escorted out of my cellblock to a holding cage in a secluded area, which was out of view of the D3/4 cellblock corridor surveillance cameras. Lt. Reichenbaugh then told me that I was being placed on suicide watch and left the area. I responded by yelling “I’m not suicidal! I’m not suicidal!” Seconds later, the miscreant authority abusing lieutenant returned back with a second officer and told me that if I refused to go on suicide watch, he was going to summon the security response extraction team to force me on watch.

Being that I never said a word about being suicidal, I told the lieutenant to do whatever he wanted to do. The officer with the lieutenant then left the area. A few moments later, Lt. Reichenbaugh jumped back in a quick motion, just enough to be captured by the surveillance camera, and began yelling that I’d spat on him, which was an outright lie! Quickly, upon realizing that I was in the midst of being set up, I turned away from the exit where the lieutenant had just staged being spit at, knowing that I was about to be sprayed with an unknown chemical agent. Sure enough, a split-second later, I was sprayed with a large amount of the chemical. I thought that it was the pig-lieutenant that had sprayed me. I later found out, though, that it was an officer with the last name Logan.

After getting set up and assaulted, I was then forced on suicide watch and made to spend the night in a freezing cold cell, which was one of the dirtiest that I ever been in. The following day, after being taken off of watch, I notified my supporters and had them call the Ohio Highway Patrol and the media to tell them what happened to me.

Instead of the Highway Patrol investigating the incident with me as the victim, they came and read me my Miranda rights. I don’t know what’s going to happen now, though. And that’s because I have absolutely zero faith in the Ohio criminal justice system. I don’t even know why I even had anybody contact them, honestly. All that ever happens is a bunch of people in authority turning their heads to injustice. It’s cool for me to suffer, let them tell it.

If I was a Labrador Retriever or a German Shepherd and got treated the way I’m being treated, it would be millions of people raising hell across the U.S. When I got assaulted and framed by six Mansfield Correctional Institution officers in 2013, nobody said a word. Their silence is the reason why I’m a modern day slave. Maybe people should just start spraying dogs in the face with chemical agents, and posting videos of it. Maybe then people will start to think about prisoners that are being tortured like me (Hey PETA, chill … I really don’t mean this.).

All of the above is nothing compared to the tragic news that I recently learned about my late friend Heather Dawn Turfley, an author, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, whom I met in 2005 and helped me put together my early drafts for my published novel, Brother of the Struggle. For a reason that I’m really unclear about, I lost contact with Heather in 2008. Several years later, however, I sought to get in contact with her to see if she was willing to be interviewed for my then-forthcoming documentary. I could not find her.

Last month, I asked my brother to see if he could locate her. He did an extensive search and forwarded me the tragic news that she had allegedly committed suicide in 2014 inside a jail in the Virgin Islands. As soon as I got the news that she had passed away, I broke down and cried like a baby.

If Heather did, in fact, commit suicide as reported, I can only wonder what led to her tragedy. The media reported that she had a history of a diagnosed mental illness, but I am skeptical of news reports that involve the deaths and assaults of prisoners. Clearly, Heather was dealing with some problems in her life. I just can’t go with the media’s story alone because the person described in the story is not the person I knew. Heather was super-intelligent, thoughtful, and caring. She was accomplished! She wrote two books, “Children of the State” and “What The #!&?: A Straight Up Guide to Life, Love, and Money,” and she self-published them under her pseudonym Nicia Aiyetoro. In addition to this, she co-owned a photography business, filmed short movies, taught film classes to at-risk youths, and was also a public speaker. She accomplished all of this after being homeless.

At the time of writing, I am attempting to get in contact with Heather’s relatives so I can learn more about her life and what led to her death. If I can ever be granted my freedom and if I survive being tormented by Ohio’s criminal (in)justice system, I want to do something to honor her and tell her story. She truly was a wonderful person and I will never, ever forget her.

My future girlfriend or wife is going to be jealous of the adorable little girl and woman in the pictures below…

Heather Dawn ‘Nicia’ Turfley, In Loving Memory

Rest in Peace
1976 – 2014

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

Before I could mail the above posting out for publication on the website, I found out that I’m being transferred back to the infamous Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF). This is not good news for me. I just came from SOCF in early 2018 where I had to wait months to be given my legal property and addresses. Furthermore, I’m going to be in a housing area that doesn’t allow prisoners to access their JPay accounts. This is going to be a major inconvenience to me. Major!

In addition to being cut off from communicating with the world, I’m being sent to the prison that I spoke out against in my documentary, in defense of the Lucasville Five prisoners.

Being that my life is about to be put in great, great danger — way more danger than it is now — I just want to say on my behalf that if I die, I don’t want a funeral and that I DID NOT ROB any Subway sandwich shop or doughnut shop in 1993! There is a video somewhere that proves this; but, I guess my life is not worthy enough of any of these paper tiger activist and fake wrongful conviction projects to investigate my claim. 26-fucking-years and nobody gives a fuck!

If I didn’t have these fake robberies on my record, I’d be out of prison. None of this matters, though. Maybe if I was somebody that got caught in the Middle East, plotting to blow up American buildings and planes, et cetera — maybe then I’d be getting out of prison! Oh, better yet, maybe I should just claim to be a Catholic priest, so I can just avoid the criminal (in)justice system and just be excommunicated! If I change my website to “FreeFatherGoudlock.org,” I might even get to see LeBron play!

But, then again, I don’t think my Black Life Matters to him, because he never responded to anything about my injustice, and it was publicized all over the world, with his name attached to the headlines! I guess he’s too busy trying to be like Mike. I just hope, though, that he doesn’t be like him and start investing into prisons (#DontBeLikeMike)! I wish Malcolm X was alive to call out Sellout Mike. I mean, because, Nike, Hanes, or McDonald’s surely won’t.

Well, I’m going to conclude on that note. If anybody cares about me or true justice, support my documentary and donate to my crowdfunding campaign. Plus, send me a message!

Invisible Chess Not Invisible Life

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 4:49pm EST
Location: Toledo Correctional Institution

I want to begin this post by saying “thank you” to everyone who attended and supported the recent Denison University screening of my documentary INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story. I also want to extend a special thank you to National Public Radio (NPR) for interviewing the film’s producer, William Nichols. And I have to say thank you to former Ohio Senator Shirley Smith and the nonprofit organization Fair Treatment Reform for recently speaking out against the unjust practices of the Ohio Parole Board.

Finally, the once-suppressed injustice that I’ve been on the receiving end of is being exposed for all to see! Hopefully, this exposure will lead to many old-law prisoners, as well as me, being released.

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed that nobody in LeBron James’ camp supported my documentary. I reached out to him through his business partner Maverick Carter, but I didn’t hear back from anyone. Considering all of the publicity that was generated from the 2014 comment I made about him to the Parole Board, I was confident he would support the film some kind of way. I mean INVISIBLE CHESS is about the kind of injustice he’s against. But it’s still a possibility he could get involved.

I’m also hoping that the WNBA’s Brittney Griner reverses course on her 2014 comment that she made to TMZ Sports about me. (Maybe we can email TMZ Sports and ask them and “Van” to review INVISIBLE CHESS, and then re-interview Brittney Griner.)

Ultimately, the Denison screening has uplifted my spirit tremendously. I battle with deep depression, but the screening has shone some much needed light on me. Besides my freedom, the only thing I need in my life is a woman’s companionship. I have been alone essentially my entire time in prison. And the couple of times I thought I saw myself finally meeting someone perfect for me turned out to be mirages. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that the great wait is coming to an end.

In conclusion,I just want to say, once again, thank you to all who supported INVISIBLE CHESS, and please, please spread the word about the documentary on your social media platforms. Tell local and national media about the film, and ask them to contact the film’s producer William Nichols and director Samuel H. Crow to review it. (See InvisibleChess.com) Also, you can show your support by purchasing a “FREE JG” T-Shirt and posting a picture of it with your social media posts.

Postscript: On April 26, 2019, at 11:00 p.m.,at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio, a protest against the Ohio Parole Board will be held. Please show your support by attending this demonstration and/or supporting it on your social media platforms.

Jason’s Claim of Innocence Letter to Subway

Dear Subway,

My name is Jason Goudlock and I’m a 43-year-old Ohio prisoner who has been imprisoned since 1993, for committing several offenses of robbery and felonious assault. I’m writing this letter to you, however, in regards to my effort to prove my innocence in one of the robberies, which involved one of your Subway franchises in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to police records of Cleveland’s Fourth District Police Department, on March 9, 1993, a Subway eatery on Broadway Road was allegedly robbed by me (and a second suspect). The records also state that the Subway’s video surveillance system recorded footage of me robbing the sandwich shop. As I’ve mentioned above, however, I did not rob your establishment, and I am seeking to clear my name.

With this being said, in the interest of undoing an egregious case of injustice (Case No. CR299248, Cuyahoga County), I humbly ask that you, please, please assist me with obtaining the video surveillance tape of the 1993 Subway robbery. I have never seen the footage of the video, that is, because I was ineffectively represented by court appointed attorneys who manipulated me into forfeiting my right to go to trial. I know that the video, however, will exonerate me of any wrongdoing, that is, because I did not commit the robbery!

If you will help me to obtain the sought video, I simply ask that you make it available to the media and general public. The vindicating footage will speak for itself and will surely lead to me being freed from my nightmarish situation of injustice.

Although I did commit some of the robberies that I was convicted of committing in 1993, I shouldn’t have to have my entire life destroyed because of mistakes that I made as a juvenile, and because of a broken criminal justice system. With this being said, if you can find it in your heart to be an advocate of me being afforded the justice that I’ve been denied, I assure you that your gesture will exponentially benefit not just me, but it will, also, benefit countless of other at-risk young men and women. For, I intend to spend the rest of my life using my restored freedom towards preventing at-risk youth from traveling down the perilous road that I once traveled down.

In closing, I just want to say thank you for your time, and that I hope you will seriously consider helping me with proving my claim of innocence. At a time when the U.S. is greatly divided by various social inequalities and politics, I think that answering my plea to you for assistance would be a good opportunity to help move the country in a positive direction.

Sincerely,

Jason Goudlock

Postscript: How about a job if I’m released? I’d love to be an example of redemption as a Subway employee



[1] A feature length film documentary, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, was recently released about my overall situation of injustice as an over-incarcerated Ohio “Old-law” prisoner. In 2014, after my protestations about my situation of injustice were publicized by way of a lighthearted comment that I made about LeBron James, I was given an unjust 60-month sentence continuation.

Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (a.k.a. Andrew D. Lee)

The following is an overview of the wrongful conviction of Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (a.k.a. Andrew D. Lee), a former Ohio State Buckeye and Cincinnati Bearcat football player. I ask that you please read it and assist Faarooq with his quest to win his freedom. Contact him and discuss his injustice on your social media platforms. Show Faarooq the same support you would show him if he were scoring touchdowns for your favorite teams.

Wrongfully Convicted Former Football Standout Seeks Justice

On March 24, 2002, the worst experience Faarooq Mu’min Mansour ever experienced took place when over three dozen police and SWAT officers surrounded his parent’s house to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for several felony charges. These charges consisted of multiple aggravated robberies and aggravated murder. Not knowing the victim or anything about the incidents mentioned in the warrant, Faarooq took the ordeal to be a case of mistaken identity. With the advice of his father, he allowed the authorities to handcuff him and take him into custody for questioning without any physical or verbal ruckus. Unbeknownst to Faarooq and his father, he would not be returning home that day.

A year later, in Ohio’s infamous Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Faarooq was railroaded and convicted in a racially and prejudicially motivated trial and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. What’s so appalling about his case is that he was never given a chance to prove his innocence through expert forensic analysis, eyewitness testimony, or even substantial and circumstantial evidence. Had he been afforded his constitutional right to do so, the cumulative evidence would have clearly proven his innocence.

As of this writing, it’s been almost 17 years since Faarooq was wrongfully arrested and he still proclaims his innocence. He seeks to regain his freedom by overturning his wrongful conviction. As you read the following vindicating facts, ask yourself: What would you do if it were you, a relative, or a friend that was entangled in a web of injustice like Faarooq’s and nobody within the judicial system cared?

If your answer is that you would engage in a legal fight for your or their freedom, then Faarooq, his family, and supporters ask that you help them publicize Faarooq’s story by telling it to the media, state, and local elected representatives, as well as by discussion Faarooq’s situation on all of your social media platforms.

Blind to the Vindicating Facts

In the Franklin County prosecutor’s overzealousness to prosecute Faarooq’s case, the prosecutor lost sight of justice and focused merely on obtaining a conviction in a high-profile case. Although a conviction was obtained (albeit a wrongful one), there were enormous gaps and discrepancies in the State’s timeline. Additionally, there were conflicting testimonies given by the State’s witnesses, all of whom were bought, i.e. their fabricated testimonies were purchased. Some of the most egregious problems in Faarooq’s case are as follows:

  • The suspect was described as being a height of 5’10”, weighing 174-185 lbs., clean shaven, low haircut, and wearing tan khaki pants with either a dark green or dark blue shirt. Faarooq, however, was 6’2″ tall, weighed 220 lbs., and had a long beard and long hair.
  • Multiple witnesses gave conflicting statements regarding what the suspect was doing and wearing during the commission of the crimes.
  • Bank photos of Faarooq, taken an hour before the crimes were committed, were used by a witness to identify what Faarooq was wearing. This description, however, did not match the description of the suspect that law enforcement were looking for.
  • Pictures in a photo lineup that were used to identify Faarooq after being arrested were not recent photos. The pictures, instead, were pictures that were taken five years earlier when his hair was much shorter.
  • The gun (9mm) used during the commission of the crimes was found in the possession of a career criminal from Columbus, Ohio who was a state and federal informant in Atlanta, Georgia. He was never charged.
  • Three witnesses were given separate deals, which consisted of their charges being dropped in other cases in exchange for providing fabricated testimonies against Faarooq.
  • Two witnesses — a father and son — perjured themselves when they took the stand and denied tailoring their story prior to the police showing them photos of Faarooq in a lineup.
  • A key witness, who was in protective custody, gave three contradictory statements to the police during a pretrial hearing and during the actual trial.
  • There is existing proof of how prosecutors committed prosecutorial misconduct to secure Faarooq’s conviction. This misonduct was done by coercing witnesses to falsely testify against their will, and by withholding exculpatory evidence, et cetera.
  • The coroner in Faarooq’s case was later fired from his job in Minnesota due to repeatedly lying to secure convictions in various other cases.
  • Critical exculpatory evidence was withheld from Faarooq by rogue prosecutors.

Bio, Update, and Conclusion

Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (born as Andrew D. Lee) was born November 27, 1981. He is a graduate of Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a nationally recognized football player who briefly attended Ohio State University, as well as the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Faarooq was an avid volunteer and a mentoring role model to the youth in his community. He aspired to become a professional football player, coach, and a teacher. Despite his imprisonment, however, he continues to be productive and has taken up apprenticeships in culinary arts, barbering, coaching, and fitness training.

Today, Faarooq’s case is at a standstill due to the denial of his motion request for a new trial. He has, however, been back to court twice on appeal and in this process, he has seen his sentence modified and then later re-modified back to the trial judge’s original mandate. Throughout the course of all of this, it is also interesting to note that a private investigator accumulated several affidavits of favorable evidence on Faarooq’s behalf, as well as discovered favorable evidence that was left at the scene of the crimes but never made known to Faarooq or introduced at his trial.

Currently, Faarooq, his family, and supporters are seeking competent counsel to fight for him and aid in the forming of a legal coalition on his behalf to represent him in the filing of a Motion for Appeal.

While Faarooq has gained some legal support, he still needs more and has yet to gain the popular support of his community and the media. Through your advocacy, you can help Faarooq win his freedom and return home to his loving family and friends. You can do this by doing any or all of the following:

  • Make a financial donation for Faarooq’s legal representation
  • Organize freedom rallies and pledge drives
  • Organize letter/email writing campaigns to the media and state representatives
  • Create online petitions
  • Disseminate information about Faarooq’s injustice via social media and other Internet sites

There is strength in numbers, and by amassing a massive contingency of concerned citizens, the travesty of justice that has condemned Faarooq to a life of imprisonment can be undone and remedied. With this being said, please join the fight to free Faarooq Mu’min Mansour, who is, in addition to being an innocent man, a loving son, brother, and a father.

“Whenever a member [of the human race] is down, pick him up. Whenever he wants genuine help and you can help him, do so. Never leave him stranded and friendless. If you cannot help him yourself, send him someone who can help him. But put around him the arm of protection and keep him from going wrong and feeling absolutely friendless.”

Marcus Moziah Garvey, educator and entrepreneur (1887-1940), whose various teachings encourage and inspire Faarooq daily.

For more information, please contact Faarooq (Andrew D. Lee) and/or his parents at the following:

Andrew D. Lee, #447-246
Toledo Correctional Institution
2001 East Central Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 4360

Contact Faarooq via JPay.

Harold and Cynthia Lee
3802 Ashton Road
Columbus, Ohio 43227
Phone: (614) 237-1839
Mobile: (614) 260-1644
Fax: (614) 236-2796