Justice for Douglas 'Chief' Stankewitz

Justice for Douglas 'Chief' Stankewitz

$1,994 of $50,000 raised

  Organized by Justice for Chief.org

43 years ago an abused, homeless, and drug addicted Native American teenager fell prey to a powerful prosecutor who manipulated the judicial system and took away Chief’s (Douglas Ray Stankewitz) fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This tragic abuse of power against society’s “throw-aways” for personal gain is an all too familiar story here in America. And all too often it’s a story intentionally hidden from us because the belief is no one cares. This could happen to you. And if it did, wouldn’t you want someone to fight the system for you?

Chief was convicted for the murder of Theresa Graybeal and sentenced to death at the young age of 19 years old. He is now 62 and the longest serving inmate at San Quentin State Prison. Due to the inadequacies of the court system, as is typical with death penalty cases, his case has wound through the courts for over four decades. During this time he has endured repeated inept counsel and five execution dates. He steadfastly battled with his trial and appellate attorneys for over 39 years to look at the evidence and focus on innocence. Until three years ago, they all failed to do so.

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