Luis V. Rodriguez was arrested, tried, convicted,
and sentenced to die in the California Gas Chamber at San Quentin
Prison, for crimes he did not commit, (the killing of two lawmen in Yolo
Before his arrest at age twenty three, Luis
Valenzuela Rodriguez spent much of his time helping
others and promoting social change.
Now he has every right to be angry; he trusted the
United States Criminal Justice System to establish his innocence, and it
did not do so.
Illegal, irresponsible, unethical, biased, and
sloppy investigation procedures were used to manufacture this criminal
case around him and to acquire his conviction and death sentence. The
chief prosecution witness against Rodriguez was mentally unreliable and
known to have lied numerous times to police and while testifying under
oath at Rodriguez´ preliminary hearing and trial.
Yet, the prosecution not only provided her with
healthy incentives to lie continuously, but provided her with continuing
protections from full exposure and rewards. Margaret Alice Judith Klaess,
as the prosecution key witness, was also provided immunity from
prosecution for numerous crimes including the charges of murdering the
two lawmen. Other false witnesses with criminal records, as well as drug
addicts, quickly appeared offering false statements against Rodriguez
for immunities and other police and prosecutorial rewards.
Luis was also convicted as
the result of egregious jury misconduct, evidence which had been
tainted and which was contradictory and unreliable, as well as due
to the result of the prosecutions suppressed and destroyed evidence
which would have proved favorable for
Rodriguez in his defense. Several prosecution witnesses had been
hypnotized prior to testifying or providing any statement to police,
and this practice of hypnosis was later ruled illegal in another
death penalty case, but in Rodriguez´ case, it was overlooked.
Rodriguez, half Native American Indian
(Apache) and half Spanish (Mexican), has been imprisoned since 1978.
He has been subjected to severe physical and psychological
mistreatment prior to his trial while confined within the county
jails and since his confinement in prison, all for crimes he did not