The documents attached make a powerful case that I, Anant Tripati, am an
innocent man and a victim of a severe miscarriage of justice. The
international human rights organization Fair Trials International is an
advocate for me. I have attached a letter they have written on my behalf to the Governor of Arizona, the US Department of Justice and
the Foreign Office of my home country to express their concern
over my case (Document 1). I am representing myself in court
and appealing my case based on new exculpatory evidence obtained.
The US Supreme Court is currently considering the case. My family and
friends in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have been
campaigning for my freedom. Thank you in advance for taking the time
to read this summary and examine the attached evidence.
By means of background, I am a citizen of Fiji who is the
subject of a gross injustice and currently imprisoned in Arizona. From
1990 to 1992, I was a researcher who owned a legal research
company in Beverly Hills. After I gathered documentation of corrupt
practices by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, including racial
profiling, and the fabrication of cases and evidence, I was arrested
and charged by their office with fraud relating to a bail bond that he
was uninvolved with. I maintained my innocence but in 1993, I was
convicted by an Arizona court and sentenced to serve a 52.5 year jail
sentence without any possibility of parole. The sentence is absurdly
punitive and does not match the crime I was convicted of. This
sentence is excessive for crimes where there is no victim, no one was
injured, no money or property was lost, and given that the only
evidence against me was coerced testimony that was later
recanted (Documents 2,3,4).
After my trial, evidence surfaced clearly showing that I am innocent
and my conviction was manufactured. Documents 2,3 and 4 are affidavits and
letters from witnesses for the prosecution describing how employees of
the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office coerced them in order to get them
to give false testimony against me. We have also included
statements from employees by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
describing these and other illegal acts committed in order to frame me (Documents 5 and 6).
There is also evidence that state officials from the Attorney General’s
Office, the Department of Corrections, and rogue Judges are acting
unlawfully to suppress this information and deny me due process.
Documents 7,8,9,10,11,12 indicate there is a deliberate policy by the state
Department of Corrections and Attorney General’s Office to deny me
legal access and prevent me from making legal calls or posting legal
mail, as well as other civil rights violations. These memos also show
that Judges have asked for evidence to be destroyed.
I have repeatedly been refused relief, and have not been allowed to
present this new evidence to an evidentiary hearing. It seems that my
claims are not given the consideration they deserve by the judges
reviewing them. I believe that this is partly due to the fact that I am representing myself, and that my conviction is from 1992. I
also believe that because my case is of a sensitive nature and
highlights corruption of state officials, this evidence is actively
being repressed. As I have been representing myself, I have been
especially vulnerable to retaliation from the state employees who seem
to be intent on derailing my appeals.
Document 13 shows that in 1995 I was awarded $20 million
dollars in an action against two of the witnesses who testified against me. However, these fund have yet to be received.