• Petitioned Linda Kelly

This petition was delivered to:

Pennsylvania Attorney General
Linda Kelly

Justice for 13 yr old Jordan Brown

    1. Melissa Higgins
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Higgins

      Merrimack, NH

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August 2011

Victory

Nearly 4,000 people signed the petition to stop 13 year-old Jordan Brown from being tried as an adult after he was accused of killing his stepmother. 

Jordan has maintained his innocence and in August of 2011, a judge ruled that his case must be moved back to juvenile court. 

Trying Jordan as an adult could have resulted in a violation of international law. If tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, he would face life imprisonment without parole.

 

Jordan Brown has been incarcerated in Pennsylvania for over two years. He was 11 years old when he was charged with murder and he is 13 today. Though he has been charged as an adult with two counts of murder the prosecution has yet to present solid physical evidence linking him to the crime. His constitutional rights are being violated and we are asking Pennsylvania's Attorney General to do the right thing and finally uphold this boy's human and constitutional rights.

Jordan has a hearing on August 5th. Judge Motto was ordered by the PA Superior Court to make a new ruling regarding whether Jordan is tried as a juvenile or an adult. If he again decides Jordan should be tried as an adult he will face life in adult prison without the possibility of parole. Your signature matters!

You may learn more about his case at http://www.justice4juveniles.com

Jordan was denied the opportunity to have his case waived to juvenile court for reasons that were in violation of his Constitutional rights. According to Pennsylvania Rule 600, Jordan Brown has the right to a speedy trial (a trial that takes place within 365 days of the original charges). By the time Jordan's hearing regarding decertification to juvenile court finally takes place on August 5th of 2011 he will have been incarcerated (without a trial) for 2 and a half years for crimes he maintains adamantly he did not commit. 

Currently the Pennsylvania Attorney General is asking Jordan Brown to admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit to receive a trial in juvenile court. This violates his Constitutional right not to self-incriminate. There is no physical evidence connecting Jordan to the crime and no one should ever receive pressure or coercion to admit to a crime they maintain they did not commit to receive fair treatment under the law.

The longer this case goes unresolved, the longer all of the victims of the crimes go without resolution and closure as well. It is time for justice and this boy deserves to have his Constitutional rights upheld.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We did it! Jordan's case was moved to juvenile court!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Jordan's case was moved to juvenile court today!

    2. Jordan's hearing - 8/5

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Jordan's new decertification hearing to determine whether he will be tried as a juvenile or adult is this morning at 9:30am. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Please show support until Motto rules

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I have Fedexed signatures from this petition and the petition on Care 2 to the AG and Judge Motto. They will soon be aware of these petitions (if not already). Please keep signing and showing support until Motto rules after Jordan's hearing on 8/5.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Keep signing!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I am holding off for one more day before expressing the signatures to the AG. I will be keeping the petition open until August 5th (Jordan's decertification hearing) so please keep signing and sharing. Thanks! His family appreciates the support!

    7. Mailing petition on 7/30 - We have today and tomorrow!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I will be mailing this petition to the AG on 7/30 to ensure she receives it by the time of Jordan's hearing on 8/5. I will leave the petition open for signatures until 8/5 and then it will close. Please share and sign. We're running out of time.

    8. Reached 2,000 signatures
    9. Our petition made the news!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      A reporter from the Youngstown News covered Jordan's petition just as we're coming up on 2,000 signatures on this petition and we are over 500 at Care 2.

    10. Reached 1,500 signatures
    11. Amnesty International's letter to the AG

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Amnesty International says that trying a child as young as Jordan Brown violates international law. They have urged Pennsylvania to end their pursuit of Jordan as an adult and even cited myriad reasons why it violates his human rights.

    12. Reached 1,000 signatures
    13. Amnesty International is calling for urgent action on Jordan's behalf!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition is just over 600 but we only have about 20 days before I have to submit this petition to the Attorney General. We are running out of time. Please sign and share. Thanks again!

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Facebook Event!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      I have created a Facebook event to sign Jordan's petition. Please share this event with your friends and help this petition succeed. Thank you for your help and support! We have 500 signatures!

    16. August 5th hearing

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep signing and sharing Jordan's petition everywhere you possibly can. He has a hearing on August 5th and I plan to present the petition before that time to ask that his rights finally be upheld by the Attorney General and Judge Motto.

    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Youtube video explaining Jordan's case

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      We are at 125 signatures! Thank you so much for your help! Here is a youtube video explaining Jordan's case. Feel free to share.

    19. Reached 100 signatures
    20. Back to square one - please help!

      Melissa Higgins
      Petition Organizer

      The signatures to the original petition were lost when my account was disabled. Please sign/resign this petition and share on your social media sites. Thanks for your help! Attached is an article you can share as well.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Morrison Bonpasse NEWCASTLE, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      Jordan Brown dserves justice, and soon.

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    • Jessica Rempel SPRING VALLEY, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Every one deserves a second chance.

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    • Marilyn Farrell SANTA FE, NM
      • almost 3 years ago

      For justice for a minor

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    • NANCY SCOTT SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • almost 3 years ago

      THIS IS A BABY. HE IS TOO YOUNG TO BE GOING TO PRISON WITH OLDER MEN THAT'S GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A YOUNG CHILD. HE WILL BE AROUND MURDERS, RAPIST, CHILD MOLESTERS, AND MEN LOOKING FOR SOME YOUNG MEAT TO TURN JORDAN INTO SOME SEXUAL JUNK. HELL NO, I WOULD NOT LET HIM GO TO PRISON. IF HE DID KILL HIS STEPMOM, THEN HE SHOULD GO TO JUVENILE UNTIL 21-25, BUT NOT PRISON. I HAVE 2 SONS AND IF THEY MURDERED SOMEONE AT A YOUNG AGE, THEN YEA THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED, BUT NOT GO TO PRISON. I DONT CARE IF JORDAN PREMEDITATED THE MURDER, HE STILL SHOULDN'T GO TO PRISON. I WILL PRAY FOR HIM AND YOUR FAMILY THAT GOD WILL INTERVENE AND BE THE JUDGE IN THE COURTROOM. GOD BLESS!!!!!

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    • Lauren Joyner HILLSBOROUGH, NH
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because there are laws that are being ignored that protect children. Children are not adults. They don't think like adults, they don't act like adults and thnd the shouldn't be treated like adults.

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