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

Hazardous Infirmary

Imagine being taken to a prison infirmary under the pretense that you’re about to receive some type of medical care, only to be met and confronted by a small band of cowardly and hostile prison officers who have malice in their heart and intentions of causing bodily harm to you. Now, add to this situation the element of being defenseless due to being bound behind your back in handcuffs, and shackled in leg manacles. This scenario is a reality that occurs often for many of the prisoners where I’m incarcerated at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF) in Lucasville, Ohio, and it’s widely known amongst the captives (prisoners) and captors (prison administration) of SOCF.

Prisoners in SOCF are escorted to the infirmary, taken into an examination room — where there’s no surveillance — and all medical staff are ordered out. The prisoner is then struck about the head, face, and torso by fists, knees, and feet from every direction, until he’s on the floor not moving and/or rendered unconscious. After the beating, the prisoner is then threatened with more bodily harm to occur in the future, for reasons such as filing grievances about being assaulted by prison officers, complaining about inhumane living conditions, et cetera.

I personally know of incidents of violence that have been committed against prisoners in SOCF’s infirmary by officers. One particular incident transpired as follows:

On May 10, 2017, early afternoon, Brother Al “Beno” George (#594-113) was being escorted to Unit D-1 (the upper infirmary) because he’d missed more than nine (9) meals, which automatically and officially designated George as being on a “hunger strike,” which he saw as a means to peacefully protest against being harassed and assaulted by prison officials, and being unjustly placed in excessive isolation.

Once George entered the elevator to ascend to the medical unit (D-1) where “hunger-strikers” are to be monitored, he was attacked by Sgt. Tacket, Stg. Dillow, C.O. Lewis, and two other unidentified officers.

Brother George suffered injuries on the left side of his neck and shoulder, his back, and right knee. These injuries were documented by medical staff, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol (i.e. Trooper Lewis Fielding), who, by chance, happened to be in the vicinity where injured prisoner George was being housed shortly after the incident took place, which, ultimately, afforded George an opportunity to report the assault. In turn, the state highway patrolman documented and photographed George’s injuries.

The prison officers that assaulted Brother George didn’t even bother to document any type of “use of force” report about the incident, or even attempt to cover up the incident. This bold and brazen behavior is consistent with the corruption of SOCF! They are so “relaxed and comfortable” with violations of administrative regulations, policies, and procedures, and breaking the law in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code, because they are NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY OF THEIR INAPPROPRIATE AND UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR TOWARD PRISONERS!

The assailants who assaulted Brother George, unfortunately, succeeded in intimidating him to abandon his hunger strike. Despite the knowledge that the Ohio State Highway Patrol has documented about George’s assault, George was placed in a cellblock housing area that’s under the direct supervision of two of the assailants that assaulted Brother George, that is, Sgt. Tacket and Sgt. Dillow!

Until then, a trip to the SOCF prison infirmary — a location that isn’t adequately equipped with security cameras — will remain potentially, extremely HAZARDOUS!

From inside HELL-HOLE, a true brother against oppression, and your comrade in the STRUGGLE,

Brother Mark Hinkston

Mark Hinkston #707-808
P.O. Box 45699
Lucasville, Ohio 45699-0001

You can view a TV interview of Mark Hinkston (that was featured on the acclaimed TV show series “Lock-Up”) on MSNBC.

View the MSNBC LockUp Facebook post from 2015.

Juvenile Offender Percy Jones

Ohio inmate Percy Jones wrote the following open letter. Percy comments on Ohio’s practice of sentencing children to life terms of incarceration. A life sentence is not as severe as a sentence of life without parole, which the United States Supreme Court recently declared unconstitutional for juvenile offenders who committed a non-murder criminal offense. But a sentence of life for a juvenile offender is still a draconian punishment for a child offender, a reality powerfully revealed in the critically acclaimed documentary 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story. The injustice is even greater when the offender’s freedom is left to the arbitrary decision-making of a biased parole board such as Ohio’s. With the recent announcement of the formation of the Coalition for Public Safety, a coalition consisting of liberal and conservative organizations whose aim, as reported by the New York Times, is to “reduce prison populations, overhaul sentencing, reduce recidivism and take on similar initiatives,” the time is right for concerned citizens to press their representatives to reform Ohio sentencing laws that punish juvenile offenders unjustly.


In His Own Words:

Juvenile Offender Percy Jones Considers the Ohio’s Criminal Justice System’s Failure to Give Second Chances to Juvenile Offenders

My name is Percy Jones, and I’m 38-years-old. Currently I’m in prison, where I’ve been since I was 17 years old, due to a terrible mistake I made back then. I’m writing this open letter to bring attention to the unfair treatment of Ohio juvenile offenders who, like me, were placed in the Ohio prison system prior to the enactment of the state’s truth-in-sentencing Senate Bill 2 laws, which went into effect July 1,1996. Hundreds of Ohio juvenile offenders who were sentenced under the state’s pre-July 1,1996, sentencing laws are still in prison for crimes they committed when they were children.

Locking up juvenile offenders for decades at a time is just one sign that Ohio’s criminal justice system is broken. Many juvenile offenders I’ve met understand as well as I that the crimes we committed were wrong and harmful to many people. We’ve taken responsibility for our crimes, and taken steps to rehabilitate ourselves by participating in rehabilitative and educational programs. The Ohio Parole Board, however, ignores our positive strides and continues to punish us as if we’re career criminals who’ve been in and out of prison all of our lives. Unlike states such as Michigan, California, and Florida that have reformed their laws for punishing juvenile offenders, Ohio’s criminal justice system has not reformed the state’s laws governing juvenile offenders.

My objective now is to generate overdue public attention to the unmerciful and harsh treatment of Ohio’s juvenile offenders who have been in prison for decades. My hope is that citizens will press for reforming Ohio’s laws regarding the punishment of juvenile offenders.

In closing, I want to ask humbly for all concerned citizens who read this to work for these reforms and give us the freedom to live in society as adults with a fresh start at life.

Editor’s note: Percy Jones is seeking to network with any individuals, attorneys, or organizations interested in undoing the inhumane practice of incarcerating child offenders for the duration of their lives. You can contact Percy at the following address:

Percy Jones, #293-821
Toledo Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 80033
Toledo, Ohio 43608


You can also contact Percy by way of email through Jpay.com.


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