• Petitioned Supervising Deputy Attorney General Susan Lee

This petition was delivered to:

State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Supervising Deputy Attorney General Susan Lee
State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
Deputry Attorney General Marc Nolan
State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
President of the United States

Subject: Penal Code section 4900 claim of Mario Rocha

    1. Mario Rocha
    2. Petition by

      Mario Rocha

      Washington DC, DC

Releasing innocents from prison is simply the act of undoing a legal wrong; compensating the wrongly convicted for false imprisonment is the actual delivery of justice. 

Recent signatures


    1. SB 618 - AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 15, 2013

      Mario Rocha
      Petition Organizer

      Introduced by Senator Leno
      (Principal Coauthor(s): Senator Steinberg)

      February 22, 2013

      An act to amend Sections 4900, 4901, 4902, and 4903 of, and to add Sections 851.865, 1485.5, and 1485.55 to, the Penal Code, relating to wrongful convictions.


      SB 618, as amended, Leno. Wrongful convictions.
      Existing law provides that any person who, having been convicted of any crime against the state amounting to a felony and imprisoned in the state prison for that conviction, is granted a pardon by the Governor for specified reasons, and having served the term or any part thereof for which he or she was imprisoned, may present a claim against the state to the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board for the pecuniary injury sustained by him or her through the erroneous conviction and imprisonment, as specified.
      (Read SB 618 text at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB618 )

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Hearing in Sacramento Set for December 17-18, 2012

      Mario Rocha
      Petition Organizer

      An official hearing date has been scheduled for December 17-18, 2012. This hearing will take place before the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (CCVGCB) in Sacramento, California. I am calling on family, friends and supporters to attend the hearing in show of solidarity and support. I will continue to update folks on any new developments from now till the hearing. I will be representing myself at this hearing but will be receiving legal assistance from professional attorneys who have agreed to serve as legal advisers. I wholeheartedly appreciate everyone's contribution to this cause. I am positive that the signatures in this petition have helped to shed light on the community's concern with regards to the issue of compensation for the wrongly convicted. Please continue to spread the word about the injustices that our imprisoned loves endure on a daily basis. And, by all means, keep fighting the good fight! In hope, strength, dignity and solidarity,


    4. Reached 250 signatures
    5. August 15th deadline set - fundraising link attached

      Mario Rocha
      Petition Organizer

      I've been informed by Mr. Kevin Kwong, hearing officer for the CCVGCB, that I have until August 15, 2012, to obtain new counsel to represent me on this claim. If I cannot present a new attorney at this time, a hearing will be set for later in the year. As I have expressed all along, I do plan to move forward. This is not just about me, this case represents so much more. From the Innocents who will never get out of prison to the ones who are able to, like myself--this fight is to assert our rights as wrongly convicted human beings who deserve freedom and compensation. What is the former without the latter? Simply a continuum of the unjust circumstances that were brought upon us through the unlawful actions of the government.

      Close friends have launched an online fundraiser to help me carry the load in my ongoing struggles. Please feel free to do as you please and share with others. (See below.)

      Thank you from the core of my commitment to keep fighting!

      In trust,


    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. A college freshman with a major difference - The Washington Post

      Mario Rocha
      Petition Organizer

      From graduating high school at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, California, to currently pursuing a B.A. in Organizational Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Mario Rocha continues to strive for success through education in spite of the legal challenges he once faced. Where some give up and turn to negative means for coping with such tremendous obstacles, Mr. Rocha refuses to give up, proving to others that nothing is impossible when you believe that is possible. Though some might claim that as a free man he is now given a great opportunity to simply turn his life around and therefore be able to put his past and this case behind him, having been released on a $1 million bail and never been monetarily compensated for more than a decade of false imprisonment, it is important to keep in mind that if he cannot receive the justice that he truly deserves, then it is highly unlikely that other innocent prisoners will also receive justice via compensation.

    8. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Daniel Leos LAKE VIEW TERRACE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      The truth has set him free and Mario needs to be justified!

    • Mary Davis CASTROVILLE, CA
      • about 1 year ago


    • Laurie Chaput OTTAWA, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      It's very difficult to have any Faith in the Legal System ..... when clearly an innocent man has been allowed to fall through the cracks as an adolescent & continues as a now adult .... while the Systems continues to pass the buck !!! How does this restore anyone's Faith in Humanity ??? If this can happen to Mario Rocha ... whose to say that it couldn't happen to any one of us !! None of us are exempt when we place all of our Trust in the Legal System .... only to be sold down the river !!! The people who are responsible for this are clearly too proud to admit that they were wrong !! Just know that Karma is Universal .... even if the System is corrupt !!!

    • Arlene Gonzales PAHRUMP, NV
      • about 1 year ago

      I believe this young man should be compensated for the hell he went through. The Justice system in our country is corrupt. I thank God they did not break him.

    • michelle salamanca MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      How can California oppose compensating Mr. Rocha for the loss of 8yrs of his life? As a Native Californian and former resident I'm appalled that he has not been given some form of monetary value equal to the amount he would have made as a full time employee as well as compensation for physical and emotional distress not just from being in prison but from being denied the right to physical and emotional relations with a woman, family, friends and perhaps children if he were to have married outside the penal system..MAKE IT RIGHT!


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