Rep. Cleaver’s Statement on Exoneration of Kevin Strickland

Nov 23, 2021
Press Release

(Kansas City, MO) – Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement after Kevin Strickland was exonerated by a judge in Missouri.

“After one of the longest wrongful convictions in U.S. history, I welcome the exoneration and release of Kevin Strickland today. And I know the people of Kansas City do, too.

“I want to thank Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, the Midwest Innocence Project, and the countless advocates who fought tirelessly for this outcome—the right outcome—for years now despite efforts from some to keep an evidently innocent man in prison.

 “Although no one can return the 43 years that were stolen from Mr. Strickland by a broken legal system, today’s decision is a reminder that, together, we can create the reform necessary to right the wrongs of the past and implement a criminal justice system that works for all Americans.

 “I’m committed to creating that change in Congress, and I hope all of my colleagues will join me in that endeavor.”

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.