Pierre Rushing: Wrongful Convictions Continue to Rise

Updated: Oct 17

Pierre Rushing has been wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit. Pierre’s team needs help by bringing awareness to the story and helping stop wrongful convictions in the US. Wrongful convictions have been occurring way too often and it needs to be discussed. Currently, 35% of prisoners are wrongfully convicted. At the age of 22, Pierre was arrested in his hometown of Oakland, California. Now 33 years old, Pierre Rushing was an average teen who attended college while following his dreams of being an inspiring artist. According to "Unjustly," in the early hours of April 15, 2011, Dawonye Taylor was murdered in Oakland, California for a stolen iPod. The occupants of a car gave the police a description of the murderer and referred to him as "C." Weeks later, Pierre Rushing also known as "Stank" would find himself arrested and charged with murder, even though he did not fit the description and had an alibi.


Pierre Rushing has spent almost a decade behind bars for a crime he did not commit. He was sentenced to 50 years based on the unreliable testimony of an eyewitness that picked him out of a lineup. Rushing did not fit the original description of the suspect at all. Overall, Rushing is represented by a productive legal team and support system that includes Jordan Grotzinger, Jason Flom, Lori Rothschild Ansaldi, and others. The team is making efforts towards an exoneration for Rushing.

Despite all the negativity regarding this case, Pierre Rushing has continued to keep a positive mindset, write music, and strive toward the goals he wants to achieve. He has merchandise called "Justice for Pierre" that can be seen on social media as @justiceforpierrerushing. The donations will go toward his legal fees to help fight for Pierre's justice.

Pierre Rushing has been heard on “Wrongful Conviction Podcast with Jason Flom, Unjustly Podcast, and Round Table Radio Podcast.” Additionally, he has been seen on “Mercury News, KTVU Channel 2 News, and Sway in the Morning.” Please support Pierre Rushing's campaign by signing the petition. He needs 799 more signatures to reach the 7,500 goal. For more information on this case, visit the website change.org.


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