Khoi Quach's case_ A youth deserves a second chance for not involving in a shooting.
  • Petitioned Mr. Jeff Moore

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Orange County District Attorney
Mr. Jeff Moore
Orange County District Attorney
Mr. Tony Rackaukas
Governor of California
Mr. Jery Brown

Khoi Quach's case_ A youth deserves a second chance for not involving in a shooting.

    1. Daciana Quach
    2. Petition by

      Daciana Quach

      Santa Ana, CA

A Youth Deserves a Second Chance for Not Involving in a Shooting.

Khoi Quach was 17 years old when he and some friends attended a birthday party on a night of 2009.  All of a sudden, a shooting occurred that involved a friend of Khoi.  Thankfully the victim survived.  Khoi and a few other boys were arrested and charged with premeditated attempted murder although he had had no knowledge of the accident nor was he at the crime scene.  Khoi was charged with aiding and abetting the attempted murder and has been fighting for a fair sentence for more than 3 years now.

Why the petition?

To sustain a conviction against Khoi, the District Attorneys would attempt to prove to the jury that Khoi was actively involved because he was either linked, associated, known, or belonged to the gang which the shooter was a member of.  The DAs would attempt to convince the jury that Khoi was a gang member whose interests are to vandalize and destroy lives and community.  Then with prejudice, the jury would verdict Khoi to be guilty.  Once the DAs were able to attain this conviction, a ‘Gang Enhancement’ component of the law will automatically be added to the sentence, which the jury would never be informed of prior to the conviction.  (These are the facts collected from experiences told by other inmates and defense attorneys.)  Thus, Khoi will face not only the punishment for the attempted murder but also a life in prison for actions of somebody else. 

What the DAs are trying to prove in this case does NOT make sense to any rational person.  One of the articles written by Lewis Yablonsky _ Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Criminology, California State University – Northridge, “simply membership in a gang does not prove the intent to commit a crime,” and “Judges and juries tend to share the ‘police perspective’ that all gangs are violent and criminal.  This perspective clearly affects their judicial decisions.”  And of course, being friends with gang members does NOT make you a gang member.

The focus of this petition is that Khoi is an innocent youngster who deserves a second chance because he had no prior awareness of the shooting as he went to the party just to have fun AND the shooting happened within seconds when the shooter was provoked, NOT PLANNED.  Khoi is capable of being a helpful citizen for the society because he was a smart student, a responsible son and brother, and a good person as a whole who never intends to harm anyone in his life.  Even if Khoi is guilty by the prosecution, it does not mean he must spend THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PRISON for involving in a crime committed when he was a teenager.  This punishment method makes no sense to anyone who views and treats children as children.  This belief is also supported by the Senate Bill 9 that is extensively reviewed by the governor.

Racism is another aspect to be discussed in this case, but since there is not enough evidence to back up this claim, I wouldn’t talk about it here.  Yet, I'm sure many people know what I mean by that.

So, we need changes for a better society.

Glory, fame, and bias can blind people to justice sometimes.  That time is happening in this particular case.  A change is needed to stop teenagers from facing the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison.  We must realize that there is a huge difference between GUILT and PENALTY.  This is totally absurd for a society who’s fond of protecting children.  However, by continuing to ignore and let such situations pass by, we are allowing Khoi Quach and kids like him to be thrown away in the prison system meaninglessly. 

Many kids have been sent away for life and many more are facing the same possibility.  It’s time to ask the DAs to give some senses and humanity to what they’ve been doing to Asian teenagers.  While children can tell between rights and wrongs, they do not have the maturity to measure the consequences of their actions.  Moreover, psychology and behavioral science have proven that punishing children too harshly does NOT guarantee positive outcomes.  Yes, we do punish them so that they learn the lessons from their mistakes but NOT with unsympathetic sentences that kill their spirit of becoming better individuals.

Please sign this petition asking the current DA to prove whether or not Khoi was guilty of planning and trying to kill someone, NOT that he was involved just because he was there and knew the shooter.  Also, please help prevent kids from entering the prison system where they grow up, grow old, and eventually die in there.  As parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and friends, etc., you CANNOT morally let this happen.

MAKE THE CHANGE, PLEASE!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The final sentence

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends and supporters,

      Khoi received his sentence on his last pretrial on February 8, 2013. Instead of being sentenced for 25 years to life in prison, he got a merciful deal of 12 years in prison. It's not the best to our expectation, but still considered a victory to all the work and support we have given him not only via this petition but also by other means.

      It's a life lesson for Khoi and for everybody else who is careless in making decisions and friends. So please spread this story to everyone you know, especially the youngters.

      Thank you all and we truly appreciate your care and love.

    2. Pre-trial on 9/21/12

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      There will be a pretrial day on 9/21 for all the attorneys to make the decision on how to proceed with this case: Either giving out a deal (by the DA) or going ahead to a jury trial.

    3. Khoi's status

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      Another court day is set on 6/29/12. I'm not sure what will happen that day though.

      Khoi's physical and mental well-being are alright. My family has been visiting him every weekend. We've noticed that he's been adjusting well to jail life: less sad, less depressed, more positive, and more mature. He's been reading a lot and jail's available books seem not enough for him.

      Thank you for all your support.

    4. Khoi said Thanks to all supporters

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      Typed directly from his letter to me today:

      "As for those who have read the petition and signed it to voice your support, I can't even begin to express my shock and gratitude when I read the printed comments of your support... If you have ever gotten the chance to spend Christmas with a bunch of guys in jail attire watching the Disney Parks' Christmas Day Parade on TV, you'd understand why I wasn't thrilled about "the most wonderful time of the year" at all. But as I read the comments showing that there are people who still believe in and support me, my spirit lifted out of the gloom and I couldn't help but cracked a smile. It was one of those moments I am sure I will remember in my life..."

    5. Next pretrial day 03/09/2012

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      It will be the last pre-trial day before the real trial with jury for the case.

      We'll continue to pray and ask for consideration by sending our petition to the District Attorney, Senators, Congressmen/women, and Governor. And most importantly, we'll try our best to contact American newspapers and media to get some attention to this case because they need to know how popular such case is among Asian teens. This has been mentioned by some supporters as one of the discriminations against the minorities.

    6. Thanks to all.

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends and signers,

      It's a great support you have been giving Khoi and our family. Khoi's birthday is exactly on Thanksgiving's Day 11/24/11. He's turning 20. So we'd like to take this opportunity to show you how thankful we are. Of course we wish he can have the most special gift in his life on his birthday: Freedom. That's why we keep hoping for the best and keep fighting till the end.

    7. Reached 1,500 signatures
    8. Another pre-trial

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      Court meeting for transcription exchange wasn't completed because the DA and one of the attorneys couldn't come. So they rescheduled it to 12/02/2011.

      We're still waiting and praying.

    9. Another pre-trial on Nov. 4th

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      It's getting closer and closer to trial day. Your support means so much to our family. Special thanks to Chi Linh Boy Scout.

      I'll create another event once we have more details about the case after Nov. 4th.

      "Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed."

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. the link to Nguoi-Viet newspaper doesn't work unfortunately

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      If you wish to read the story about Khoi that was published on Nguoi Viet newspaper, please contact me at qntd_konnichiwa@yahoo.com so that I'll send you a copy of it.

    12. Reached 50 signatures
    13. Khoi's article on Nguoi Viet newspaper

      Daciana Quach
      Petition Organizer

      You made mistakes, you made wrong choices, and you regretted everyday. That makes you a human. But do you deserve a second chance? Do you deserve to be put in jail for the rest of your life for crimes you didn't do?

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • annoymous beginings MIAMI,FL, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      fairness and justice

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    • Julie Nguyen ORANGE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      These young boy needs rehab and family support. Prison is not a place to rehabilitate young boys/men. Free him.

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    • Ngoc Tran HO CHI MINH, VIET NAM
      • about 2 years ago

      He's my cousin

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    • Duc Nguyen GARDEN GROVE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Khoi Acknowledged that hi is gang member, but give him a chance to rebuild his life

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    • Ngoc Tran SANTA ANA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Khoi doesn't deserve to be in prison!! It's really unfair. Justice is NOT to put innocent people in prison for their whole youth life just because of something they never did.

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