Kevin Cooper: My thoughts on Gov. Brown’s executive order

by Kevin Cooper

“Free Me!” – In decades on death row, Kevin Cooper has become a powerful artist. This is a 28-by-22-inch painting in acrylic on canvas. – Art: Kevin Cooper, C-65304, 4-EB-82, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA 94974

I write this missive to you so that you will hear from me about how I feel and what I think going forward in this fight for my life.

Like all of you, I am happy that we have finally “won” something from some entity in this state. But after learning what exactly outgoing Gov. Brown wrote in that executive order I am not as excited as I was at first, or should be.

Gov. Brown waited until there were about 10 working days left in his administration before he granted us this “very limited DNA testing order and special master to oversee the testing” while denying us what is possibly the most important thing that we requested when we asked for a special master and DNA testing, which is an “innocence investigation.”

This innocence investigation is very, very important because it will allow if only for the first time expert witnesses for us to be heard in an open forum. These expert witnesses are a memory expert, a former FBI profiler, a former FBI special agent, a certified laboratory auditor and an appeals attor­ney who has extensive experience in death penalty cases. None of these top experts have ever testified in any court about what they know about this case.

We can also call for the very first time people who have come forward with new information about this case and have signed declarations concerning this information and their willingness to testify in court to what they saw, heard, were told and know.

“Free Kevin Cooper” – Art: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 264847, Pendleton Correctional Facility, G-20-2C, 4490 W. Reformatory Road, Pendleton, IN 46064

There are six Brady violations, where the police and district attorney withheld material exculpatory evidence from my trial attorney.

These are not all, but just a few of the things that we need an innocence investigation for so that we can expose these truths to the world!

I respectfully ask all of you to please start a petition drive to incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom asking him to give us an innocence investi­gation because the truth cannot be limited as Gov. Brown thinks.

If any of you have any questions, just ask Carole Seligman ( and she will get the answers to your questions to you asap. Thank you for your continued help and support in this fight. Let’s get this petition for an innocence investi­gation started asap.

With Respect, Appreciation and Solidarity,

Kevin Cooper

Send our brother some love and light: Kevin Cooper, C-65304, 4-EB-82, San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA 94974.