Indigenous Man Orlando Watley Wrongfully Imprisoned for 25 yrs HELP SET HIM FREE
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"I AM ORLANDO WATLEY, I AM A INDIGENOUS POLITICAL PRISONER.

PLEASE HELP SET ME FREE!"

In 1993, Riverside County Police arrested, charged and convicted Orlando Watley for crimes he did not commit. Arrested at 19 and incarcerated for 25 years, Orlando has maintained his innocence and must be set FREE.

Investigation reveals that Orlando Watley is innocent, and that his trial was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct, false testimony, fabricated dna evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel.  

-Chickasaw Native American / Bantu African
-Wrongfully convicted for 1993 triple homicide
-Fabricated and falsified evidence
-Judicial and prosecutorial misconduct
-Arrested @ 19 years old
-Wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years as of 2019
-Life without the possibility for parole

** All funds raised here will go directly towards the lawyer costs to get Orlando free, there are several ways to fight for his Freedom in the courts because this is a post conviction it is lengthy and expensive, we are trying to raise funds to get the process started. Since we have now secured a California Lawyer willing to take on Orlando Watley's case.  

In 1993, there was public outcry of a predominantly white affluent Coachella Valley community to make any arrest for an unsolved triple homicide.  Orlando Watley was targeted and arrested along with four others.  Orlando was targeted and a warrant was used to forcibly draw blood from him, which was used to fabricate and falsify DNA blood evidence against him.  All 5 were charged and given jail time, although all maintain their innocence.  ** One of the co-defendants were recently released after a California innocence organization assisted in having DNA retested which proved his innocence.   ** The same police involved in the fabrication of DNA blood evidence against Orlando Watley has a lawsuit against him and will be heard in a California court in July 2019.  Orlando Watley is innocent and must be let free.  

Orlando Watley has survived the last 25 years of his life wrongfully imprisoned in California's Maximum Security mainline prison system, while maintaining his innocence, his sanity, his honour and dignity while supporting and defending this fellow Native brothers on the mainline with him, while upholding his duties to his family and Native Peoples and community beyond the walls of the Iron House.  

 

Orlando Watley is an amazing and talented artist and musician! 

Please look at just a few of his artwork: 

http://naprisoners.tripod.com/watleyorlandoartwork.html 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBljEzmxFXM 

 

Media

Vice - What It’s Like to Get Married in Maximum Security Prison

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/59ky3b/what-its-like-to-get-married-in-maximum-security-prison 

 

Send Orlando a letter to let him know you stand with him.

Write to Orlando Watley directly via snail mail at:

Orlando Watley K89676
P.O. BOX 5005
CALIPATRIA CA 92233

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COMMON FORMS OF MISCONDUCT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS INCLUDE:

  • Employing suggestion when conducting identification procedures
  • Coercing false confessions
  • Lying or intentionally misleading jurors about their observations
  • Failing to turn over exculpatory evidence to prosecutors
  • Providing incentives to secure unreliable evidence from informants

COMMON FORMS OF MISCONDUCT BY PROSECUTORS INCLUDE:

  • Withholding exculpatory evidence from defense
  • Deliberately mishandling, mistreating, or destroying evidence
  • Allowing witnesses they know or should know are not truthful to testify

INADEQUATE DEFENSE LAWYERS

  • A review of the 333 DNA exonerations has revealed numerous instances of incompetent and overburdened defense attorneys at the trial and appellate level, some of whom were literally asleep or drunk on the job.”

~ excerpt from http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/conviction/

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