Over 11,000 people signed a petition calling for the murder charges against Justin Ross Harris to be dropped. Now, due to new evidence revealed against him, the petition has been closed.
Justin Ross Harris, 33, had over 11,000 supporters hoping to see the murder and child cruelty charges against him dropped. The supporters firmly believed the death of Cooper, Justin’s 22-month-old son, was an accident and felt he was being treated unfairly. However, new evidence suggesting that Justin may have intentionally left his son to die in the backseat of his vehicle was enough for his supporters to step down.
Justin Ross Harris’ Petition To Drop Charges Has Been Deleted
It’s official: Justin’s supporters have finally moved on to something else.
Shortly after Justin was charged with murder and child cruelty in the death of his son, Cooper, a petition popped up on Change.org for the Cobb County Police Department to drop the charges. At the time, very little information about Cooper’s death was available — and it was still being reported as a tragic accident.
However, once the CCPD released more information regarding Cooper’s suspicious death, the Change.org petition was quickly and quietly shut down by it’s anonymous creator.
“This petition is closed due to the new information released in regards to this case,” wrote the anonymous creator. As of June 28, the petition only had 668 signatures — over 10,000 less than the 11,274 signatures that were present on June 25.
It is unclear when the petition was started, but reports suggest it has been online since at least Monday, June 23.
When HollywoodLife.com reached out to Change.org regarding the petition, a spokesperson told us that their site was an “open platform” that often includes “perspectives with which some may strongly disagree.” They do not take a position on any of the petitions, either, which means they are highly unlikely to remove one without the creator’s consent.
It is probably safe to assume that the “new information” the petition creator is referring to is the report that Justin allegedly searched for how long it takes an animal to die in a hot car on his work computer, which was confiscated by the CCPD.
There is also a report suggesting that Justin allegedly returned to his vehicle and even opened the driver’s side door several hours before “discovering” his son’s lifeless body in the backseat.
Our thoughts remain with Cooper’s family at this time.
— Lauren Cox