Attorneys Put Finishing Touches on Clemency Petition For Cyntoia Brown
Though it's not on Governor Bill Haslam's desk yet, it won’t be long. Pro bono attorneys and former judges are working together to craft a packet they hope will set Cyntoia Brown free.
In an interview with Nashville Public Radio, the governor who was attending a Nissan event in Smyrna, said, “We actually haven't done any clemencies yet. We'll be working and looking at them for next year, but I'd be really surprised by the end of the year. I think we're just beginning to gather information.”
Fox 17 News' coverage of the Cyntoia Brown case, in conjunction with documentarian Daniel H. Birman, sparked a renewed #FreeCyntoiaBrown movement nationwide. It swept social media sites like Twitter and Instagram with celebrities like Rihanna and LeBron James calling for Tennessee's Governor to set her free.
She's in prison for life for killing a man who bought her for sex.
Attorneys will first present the clemency packet to the Parole Board and they plan to do so before the end of the year.
When asked if she thinks she’ll get out early, Cyntoia says, “I think if I were arrested today there would be a difference in the charges.”
By all accounts, Brown is right. The judicial system would treat her as a sex trafficking victim today....
Today, the then 16 year old would have gotten leniency for killing a 43 year old realtor who bought her for sex.
One of Cyntoia Brown’s attorneys explains, “It's about telling the story that there are children out there who are being abused like this.”