Sixty Years for a Crime You Did Not commit! Justice? Fair? By Who's Standards?
  • Petitioned Gregory F. Zoeller

This petition was delivered to:

Atorney General of Indiana
Gregory F. Zoeller
Governor Daniels
State of Indiana

Sixty Years for a Crime You Did Not commit! Justice? Fair? By Who's Standards?

    1. cheryle abul-husn
    2. Petition by

      cheryle abul-husn

      crown point, IN

Sixty years is a lifetime for a 15 year old child, especially when he is innocent. Help right this wrong by changing the practice of sending children to prison.

 

Accepting that juveniles have the right to due process, and that due process requires jury findings on facts risking increased punishment, it necessarily follows that juvenile waiver hearing facts must be made by a jury under a reasonable doubt standard.

IN September 2008, Martin Anthony Villalon Jr. was asked to come to the Hammond, indiana, police station. He was arrested for the murder of a 15 year old boy living in his neighborhood. Anthony (Martin) was 15 years old. At the time of the shooting Anthony was with 10 other people at a family gathering at a public place. Anthony's lawyer decided not to use Anthony's alibi although several witnesses waited outside the court room for the entire trial. There were several problems brought up at trial but our lawyer did not address them.

In early September 2008 the police picked up two gang associates/members, who claimed that they overheard Anthony and another boy claim they had shot the boy. Later they recanted on the stand, claiming they were forced to make those statements. When arrested Anthony made no statements other than to say he did not do the crime. No physical evidence connecting Anthony to the crime was recovered. The DNA recovered from the victim did not match Anthony. The victim had been at a known gang house minutes before he was shot.

Because Anthony was 15 at the time of the offense, he was subject to ajudication in Indiana's juvenile justice system, which could retain jurisdiction over him until he reached the age of 21. That punishment ceiling was pierced as a result of a juvenile court waiver hearing when a magistrate allowed Anthony's case to be transferred to adult court where he faced a mandatory sentence of 45 to 65 years. He received 60 years. Never been in trouble, well liked by everyone. Many people including a police officer, who was repremanded from his commanding officer for his letter, wrote wonderful character statements for Anthony. A sentence of 60 years is a lifetime for a 15 year old, and almost unbearable for an innocent child.

We are pleading with the Supreme Court to allow Anthony his jury trial in the juvenile system. They have the Writ in front of them right now. If they afirm things will change. Help make the change a fair and equal way we treat our children in the justice system.Please give Anthony his day in court by allowing a jury trial in the juvenile system, for Anthony and all the children, guilty and innocent to have a chance at a life. I am begging all who read this please help support our efforts to give all juveniles a right to a jury trial before being waived to the adult court. These kids are wasting away in adult prisons where they are at the mercy of older more experienced inmates. Please don't throw Anthony away, don't throw any of our children away. Thank you.

 

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    News

    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Dedline extended.

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      The Supreme Court is taking a closer look at our Certiorari. They will make their decision sometime in October. We have decide to extend the deadline so that we can continue to get signatures. Please continue to pass on our petition. Speak up and let everyone know you care about the future of children. Thanks so much for all your support. Continue to help make changes in our injustice system.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 473 signatures!

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony wants to thank all the wonderful people who have signed his petition. Please keep sharing it so we can reach 1000 signatures by September. Thank you so much,

    5. 450 signatures!

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony wants me to thank everyone for their love and support. We are almost half way there! We plan on driving from Indiana to Washington DC to present the signatures to the Supreme Court. We have decided that we will go no matter how many signatures we have. We owe it to Anthony and all the US children caught up in the system. Please continue to spread the petition and please know we are so thankful for everyone's support. Thank you will never be enough.

    6. 439 signatures

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support. We need many more before we drive to Washington DC to present them to the Supreme Court. Please ask all your friends to help.

    7. 419 signatures Please help get More!

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      We need so many more, things are going slow right now. Please help us.

    8. Three Hundred and forty seven signatures!

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      If we continue to get signatures we will take them in person to the Supreme Court and present them. We will ask the Supreme Court to read and pass Anthony's petition. Thank you so much. Anthony and his family would like to thank everyone for signing and for asking others to sign. Together we can make a difference one kid at a time. This decision will effect all kids that are in the same position Anthony was of being waived to the adult court for the sole purpose of giving him a harsher sentence. He is innocent. Because I am positive about that I know there are more innocent kids caught up in the system. Who will stand up for these children? For these innocent lost children and all children being tried in the adult courts let's tell the Supreme Court they are not forgotten. They are worth saving.

    9. Two Hundred sixty nine signatures!

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      Anthony wants to thank everyone for supporting his petition. Please keep spreading the news and get more signatures. Together we can make a difference.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. 248 signatures! Thank you so much for your support.

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      Please keep asking your friends to help out.

    12. 198 signatures! Please keep up the good work.

      cheryle abul-husn
      Petition Organizer

      If each of these people could ge just ten signatures the Supreme Court would have to take notice. Thank you so much.

    13. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lauren Senior MIRFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Please give Martin Anthony Villalon Jr. (Anthony) the right to a jury trial in the juvenile system. We are awaiting your response. Thank you.

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    • Lauren Senior MIRFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 11 months ago

      Please give Martin Anthony Villalon Jr. (Anthony) the right to a jury trial in the juvenile system. We are awaiting your response. Thank you.

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    • Lois Paul KITTERY, ME
      • about 1 year ago

      Conviction without due process is never acceptable. To assign a lengthy prison sentence as a result of lack of due process is especially egregious. All evidence must be properly weighed and evaluated by a jury in a public trial before lengthy sentences are handed down. None of this was done in the case of the young man, Martin Anthony Villalon Jr. This wrong must be corrected for justice to be served.

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    • Themis Papaioannou SHOREHAM-BY-SEA, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Juveniles should not be tried as adults because they are not adults!

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    • Catherine Medina MONTROSE, CO
      • over 1 year ago

      He should be tried as a child, not an adult. He isnt old enough to vote then he shouldnt be treated like an adult in court!

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