Ralph Duke continues to fight his life sentence.
Ralph Duke was arrersted in 1989 after his son attempted to purchase cocaine from DEA super-informant Andrew Chambers. Ralph was convicted of drug charges following a jury trial and sentenced to life imprisonment. He won a miraculous Pro Se appeal regarding certain aspects of his conviction, resulting in a 2018 resentencing where he could have been released. The judge instead re-sentenced Ralph to life imprisonment despite the decades already served for his non-violent first-time conviction.
Last Motion for Compasssionate Release (denied 6/28/2022)
2020-05-13 Article - Jurisdictional defects of the Duke resentencing
2019-02-15 Oral Arguments before 8th Circuit
2018-02-13 Transcripts - Duke resentenced to life imprisonment
2017-09-29 Order - Vacating firearm counts of conviction