SOUTHERN JUSTICE – FREEDOM FUND
This is an urgent plea to all for help to undo a judicial injustice and probable prosecutorial misdoings that wrongly convicted Christopher Ferrell in March of 2015.
The Tennessee Criminal Court has granted Chris a Post-Conviction hearing, due to the severe and many alleged illegal and unconstitutional misdeeds by the police, prosecutors and even his own legal counsel during the investigation, as well as during his trial.
The initial, tragedy occurred in the early hours of November 23, 2013 when Chris was forced to defend himself (with Justifiable Deadly Force) in his own place of business, against a violent 6’ 5”, 265 lb. convicted felon who was high on amphetamines, as well as having a B.A.C. (blood-alcohol content) of .221 (almost 3 times the legal limit) at the time of the incident.
The State of Tennessee has TWO laws in place that should have protected Chris and ANYONE who is placed in this horrible position: No Duty to Retreat and Stand Your Ground Laws. Both laws applied, yet were wrongly denied to Chris. If the state can do this to Chris, who says they won’t do it to you next?
Chris and his family spent a small fortune to try to secure competent legal counsel and they thought they had. However, it appears they were sadly misled by someone who only seemed concerned with manipulating emotions and relieving them of an obscene amount of money. He even told Chris, “I’m not in the business of hope”. Chris and his family are not wealthy, but wanted desperately to prove his innocence. They sold personal assets and mortgaged their property to pay the enormous legal fees because they were told their attorney was the best.
After 16 months of disgusting and relentless anti-gun, negative press (which was never addressed by his attorney) the case proceeded to trial on March 2, 2015 – the ONLY matter being taken up in an otherwise deserted courthouse, because of the biggest ice storm to hit Nashville in years!
Along with the MANY inaccuracies in the media, venomous attacks by celebrities; incorrect and damning information leaked by the prosecutor’s office and police department was combined with suppressed evidence, coerced witnesses, half-truths and complete deceptions by the State, as well as lack of participation by Chris’ own attorney, he was doomed before his trial ever started. As a matter of fact, Chris believes he was tried and convicted by the media before he ever entered the courtroom.
During the 4-day trial, the State allegedly engaged in:
*Suppression of KEY evidence and many other acts the Prosecutor is strictly not allowed to do by State and Federal law
Chris’ attorney seemed, at times, barely present. He allegedly failed to: File timely motions, seek out and call witnesses, obtain physical evidence, call expert witnesses, cross examine effectively, object when appropriate, put the State’s case through the Adversarial Process.
The bottom line is the State recognizes that these errors must be addressed and the only remedy is for him to be given a hearing and potentially a New Trial or, in the alternative, acknowledge their grievous mistakes and reverse their original decision.
None of this comes without cost and after losing his freedom, his livelihood, his business and all his assets he’d acquired over his entire life, HE NEEDS YOUR HELP.
Anyone who is PRO 2nd Amendment could find themselves in Chris’ position tomorrow. Someone threatened to take Chris’ life, not once, not twice, but THREE times in front of witnesses who were fleeing for their own safety at the time. What would you do????
You may not know Chris, but many do if they’re being honest. If you knew Chris personally, you know he was the one you could always call when you broke down and needed car help. He’d show up with his trailer and save you and your car and a tow bill. He was the kind of man who’d put a set of tires on a single mom’s car because she couldn’t afford them; he did this because he was worried for her and her two daughters’ safety, with no concern about ever being paid back. He was the one who changed the tire on the side of the road for elderly drivers or crawled headfirst into a smoking, over-turned SUV to check on occupants at 3:00 am on the interstate. Every one of these things and countless other acts of selflessness were common in Chris’ life. He shouldn’t have to spend the rest of his life paying for one horrible moment that was never his intention or fault. He spent most of his life in service to others. USAF, Firefighter/EMT, Charity work, Animal Rescue. He gave of himself without ever thinking of the cost to himself. He went hungry many times, but nobody around him ever did – human OR animal.
The media has given much ink and air time to casting Chris as a monster when he is, in fact, just the opposite. Even while out on bond, awaiting his trial, Chris saved the life of a young motorcyclist who hit a car in traffic behind Chris. Chris turned around, blocked traffic with his truck and found the two separate young men in critical condition. One with compound fractures and severe lacerations, the other was in total respiratory arrest and dying. A ruptured spleen was causing internal bleeding and killing the young rider. Chris rendered aid to the young man, who would have suffocated in 3 minutes and died long before EMS arrived, some 13-15 minutes after a 911 call. Paramedics and later, after emergency surgery saved this young man’s life, his family contacted Chris and told him that he would not have made it to the hospital without Chris’ efforts on scene.
Chris was instrumental in helping put together and accomplish a major benefit during the Nashville flood. He helped raised funds for and personally gathered over a ton of pet food and supplies for area animal rescues and shelters affected by the flood. Another was for those musicians who lost their musical gear during this same flood. Soon after that, a devastating tornado wiped out a major city in Missouri. Chris pitched in to help with a benefit in Nashville to help with aid to go there. The last benefit he orchestrated and carried out was for a young singer/songwriter who died on Halloween in a car accident, leaving young children behind. The benefit was to raise money to make sure her children had Christmas. Chris personally took the children shopping to make sure they had the closest thing to a merry Christmas they could, under the circumstances.
These are hardly the acts of the monster that prosecutors, media and publicity opportunists tried to make Chris out to be. There is SO much more to this story that will be coming out because of this Post Conviction Evidentiary Hearing, it WILL make a difference to even the most skeptical.
Chris desperately needs your help. Even small amounts add up. Funds are needed for additional legal assistance, further investigation, experts, travel, etc. Thank you in advance for every “Share”.
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Tennessee has CLEAR laws when it comes to NO DUTY TO RETREAT and Chris was Unconstitutionally DENIED this law, meant to protect him from this kind of judicial travesty. This is the Tennessee law:
§ 39-17-1322, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat before threatening or using force against another person when and to the degree the person reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful force.
(2) Notwithstanding § 39-17-1322, a person who is not engaged in unlawful activity and is in a place where the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat before threatening or using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury, if:
(A) The person has a reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury;
(B) The danger creating the belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury is real, or honestly believed to be real at the time; and
(C) The belief of danger is founded upon reasonable grounds.
(c) Any person using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury within a residence, business, dwelling or vehicle is presumed to have held a reasonable belief of imminent death or serious bodily injury to self, family, a member of the household or a person visiting as an invited guest.