State of Texas v. Clinton Lee Young

In January 2022, after almost 20 years on death row in Texas, Clinton Young was released on bail pending a new trial.  His conviction was vacated after it was discovered that one of the prosecutors at his original trial was secretly being paid to work as a clerk for the trial judge, writing his rulings denying relief.

Last updated: 1st June 2022

The Case

Clinton was convicted of double murder in 2003, and was sentenced to death, but has maintained his innocence throughout.  The main witness against Clinton was co-defendant David Page, who denied any involvement in the crimes and insisted he had been kidnapped himself, yet pled guilty to aggravated kidnapping and received a sentence of 30 years in return.

Assistant District Attorney Ralph Petty worked and was paid simultaneously for the prosecution and as a law clerk to the judges on the case both at trial and through the years of appeals. Petty worked both as prosecutor and judicial on literally hundreds of other cases over almost two decades.

The Clinton Young Foundation

The Clinton Young Foundation (CYF) was first established in the Netherlands in 2014.  Dutch lawyer, Merel Pontier joined as their Legal Director in 2017, moving over to Texas where she set up CYF-US (a 501(c)(3) charity) .

Clive and 3DC’s apprentices will be working with Merel, investigating, researching and writing motions, over the two years of pre-trial litigation expected as part of the retrial process.

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