Investigate McDaniel, Raupp, Davis, Fogleman, Ellington and Burnett!
  • Petitioned Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct

This petition was delivered to:

Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct
Disciplinary Committee Executive Director, Stark Ligon
Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah
Arkansas Governor

Investigate McDaniel, Raupp, Davis, Fogleman, Ellington and Burnett!

    1. Tina Musgrove
    2. Petition by

      Tina Musgrove

      Dayton, OH

HOLD THOSE PUBLIC OFFICIALS WHO ABUSE THEIR POWER

IN THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE CASE ACCOUNTABLE NOW!!!

Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. of West West Memphis, Arkansas were wrongfully convicted of a triple homicide in 1994. Throughout the last eigteeen years, all three have maintained their innocence and fought consistently against what appears to be an alliance between the West Memphis, AR Police Dep't; Prosecutors Brent Davis and Guy Fogleman (now both ellected officials - judges to be more specific) and retired Judge David Burnette (now a State Senator in Arkansas). 

 

Finally, after the Arkansas Supreme Court re-opened the case in 2010, an evidentiary hearing was set before a newly appointed Judge, David Laser, for December 2011. However, on August 19, 2011 a suprise hearing was held in Jonesboro - Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were forced to plead guilty under North Carolina vs. Alford, which precedent states: “An individual accused of crime may voluntarily, knowingly, and understandingly consent to the imposition of a prison sentence even if he is unwilling or unable to admit his participation in the acts constituting the crime.”

 SEE LINK FOR DETAILShttp://www.casebriefs.com/blog/law/criminal-procedure/criminal-procedure-keyed-to-israel/guilty-pleas/north-carolina-v-alford/

Evidence of juror misconduct exists, which the State of Arkansas has not disputed, and which should entitle these three men to a new trial. However, rather than concede to try them again before an unbiased jury, Arkansas Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel's office has vowed to defend the finality of that verdict, in direct violation of his duty as an officer of the court, to protect the rights of the accused - not merely to obtain / support a conviction no matter what the cost!

 

Scott Ellington, Prosecuting Attorney for the Second Judicial District of the state of Arkansas specified that the State just dodged a major financial bullet by negating the possibility of a civil law suit for wrongful imprisonment, despite the fact that he knows the defendants would have more than likely been granted a new trial.

http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2011/08/19/prosecutors-statement-on-west-memphis-3-plea-deal

 

How is this justice, exactly? That is what we all would like to know! Yes, they are free but their reputations are ruined and they are now all in their thirties with little to no education and no recourse to sue the state for all the damage it has done! These politicians must be held accountable, NOW!!!

DOWNLOAD GRIEVANCE FORMS HERE:  http://www.courts.state.ar.us/professional_conduct/

Author, Mara Leveritt, wrote to the Arkansas Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct, questioning the propriety of these actions. Leveritt requested that the ASSC Disciplinary Committee file an official complaint for Professional Misconduct against McDaniel and Deputy Arkansas AG, David Raupp for knowingly supporting a jury verdict and death sentence, based on misconduct, which violated due process and the Defendants' rights to a fair trial.

http://maraleveritt.com/2011/07/supreme-court-committee-will-not-file-complaint-against-mcdaniel/

The Committee Executive Director, Stark Ligon, has refused to address McDaniel's and his Associate, Raupp's violations, as of 7/7/11 . Like every other effort supporters of Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley have made, the Arkansas "justice" system is turning a blind eye to the demands of justice and effectively condoning the actions of a State's Attorney in it's employ which fly in the face of justice.

 

This petition will demonstrate that the eyes of the world are on Arkansas and that we expect hem to stop protecting their own at the expense of Damien, Jason and Jessie's Inalienable Civil Rights under the U.S. Constitution - not to mention the rights of the three innocent children who lost their lives, and whose killer(s) still roam(s) free!

 

The notion of fundamental fairness in the criminal justice system is a decidedly American concept and the State of Arkansas should not be permitted to ignore it any longer...  

 

"Unlike defense counsel who may have obligations... to a client, , and constitutional mandates that are provided to an accused, the prosecutor serves as the representative of the sovereign." ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.6 (2003)

 

Prosecutors, as “ministers of justice,” have the obligation to seek truth. As stated in Giles v. Maryland, 386 U.S. 66, 98 (1967) (Fortas, J. concurring), “[t]he State's obligation is not to convict, but to see that, so far as possible, truth emerges".

 

"This is also the ultimate statement of its responsibility to provide a fair trial under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment... [r]egardless of the evidence against the accused, a prosecutor has an overriding duty of fairness." State v. Sha, 292 Minn. 182, 185 (1972).

 

A prosecutor’s duty is to make sure that defendants’ rights are protected and that convictions are based on sufficient evidence. ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.8 (Comment 1, 2003).

 

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Mara Leveritt has filed a Federal Civil Rights Suit against Stark Ligon...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      for stifling her First Amendment right to FREE SPEECH in respect to the complaint she filed against McDaniel and others in their official capacities, for their various breaches of duty in the West Memphis Three case. Ligon threatened Ms. Leveritt with contempt of Court for discussing the complaint on her blog and with supporters; the media. We, the concerned citizens who want those officials who covered up the police and prosecutorial misconduct in 1993 (and since) to be held accountable for their actions, must now support Mara's courageous fight to see justice of her own! Taking a stand against the corruption in Arkansas, Mara did so at a considerable risk to herself and her freedom - I personally pledge to stand behind her all the way to Washington, D.C. of that's what it takes! Who is with me???? PLEASE CONTINUE TO SIGN AND FORWARD THIS IMPORTANT PETITION!!!!!

    2. We have surpassed my original goal of 500 signatures!! Thank you all...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      I have opened this up for as many as change.org will allow -which is 10,000. However, I am preparing to send it off to the target officials in Arkansas right now. Please keep Damien, Jason, Jessie, Chris, Stevie and Michael; all their families, friends and supporters world-wide in your prayers as we seek justice for them all!!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. "We should expect more from our justice system..." says Brent Turvey

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      " In point of fact, we need more from our justice system. Otherwise, we teach our legal professionals and our politicians that justice can be negotiated, and that it is better to save face than admit wrong and let actual criminals escape justice."

    5. Another devoted West Memphis Three Supporter's Petition on Care2.

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. immediately, based on evidence that DNA evidence exclus

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. The Targets Of This Petition Will Be Changing Over The Next Several Days...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      but our purpose remains the same - to hold the officials in Arkansas responsible for the injustice they have put upon these three innocent young men! Please bear with me as I determine what changes need to be made and keep passing it along! Thanks!

    8. Quoth Scott Ellington, Prosecutor for the 2nd Arkansas Judicial District...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Immediately following the plea hearing: "I mean with their entry of a plea of guilty we have, uh, removed the question of uh, um, of, uh, uh, uh, them filing a civil lawsuit against the state that could result in many millions of dollars..."

    9. THE WEST MEMPHIS THREE ARE FREE AS OF YESTERDAY AUGUST 19,2011!!!!!!!

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Damien, Jason and Jessie were pushed into a corner and eventually had to take what's called an Alford Plea (more on this topic when I find a credible link) to attain their freedom, but THe REAL killer is still on the loose! The battle wages on...

    10. Wrongfully convicted defendant, Tim Masters of Colorado was exonerated by

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      the Attorney General because he decided to take the most honorable step of admitting his agency (and others below it) made a mistake! It isn't easy, but to do so is more respectable than covering it up at the expense of an innocent man's life!

    11. Thanks again to everyone who is willing to take stand to protect freedom...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      and the "American way" - our forefathers would cringe at the profound injustice we see in the West Memphis Three Case...whether you believe in their guilt or innocence is irrelevant if you value our right to be PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY!!

    12. This is an issue that affects all of us...supporters and "nons" alike!

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      American citizens have a right to expect and demand that our Constitutional rights are protected by the authorities at the state level, under the 14th Amendment. To fail in that duty is a threat to all of our liberty - are you willing to let this go?

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. We're on Day 28 and nearing 100 signatures...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for all of you who have signed! Please don't forget to pass this along, as it really is essential to transparency in a case so full of dead ends, red tape and political warfare, where people are afraid to admit they made mistakes!

    15. PRECEDENT: Stilp v. Pennsylvania Ethics Commission Opinion

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      The Court declared it Unconstitutional under the First Amendment to prohibit publication of a complaint filed against a public official, and acknowledged that to do so impairs the public's necessary ability to evaluate of the committee's efficacy!

    16. ASSC Ban on Publicizing Attorney Ethics Complaints Is Unconstitutional

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Evidently Ms. Leveritt has filed more than one complaint against McDaniel with the Supreme Court Office on Professional Conduct - in at least two death penalty cases which he has pursued, at tax payers' expense, where there is evidence of misconduct.

    17. ASSC Rule (Re: Confidentiality of Attorney Complaints) Is Unconstitutional

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Regrading rules against publication of a complaint filed against a public official... the Federal Court, in Stilp v. Pennsylvania Ethics Commission ruled that such a prohibition hinders public evaluation of the ethics commission's efficacy.

    18. ASSC Refused To Investigate McDaniel In Another Case Of Misconduct...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      and they have threatened author, Mara Leveritt with contempt of court for telling us about it!! The audacity of the Committee's actions is obvious - and markedly inconsistent with the mandates of the First Amendment Protection of Free Speech.

    19. This case exemplifies the need for greater accountability & abuse of power

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Texas is in the news recently, where the defendant was executed in 2004 but DNA evidence may prove he was wrongfully convicted - which means they murdered an innocent man! So what does the AG do? Stomps out scientific testing. Sounding familiar now?

    20. Want more background on the case before you sign?

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Visit The West Memphis Three Document Archive...

    21. Reached 50 signatures
    22. Thanks to Stuart Faulks of www.wm3blackboard.com for promoting this cause!

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      The number of signatures and "shares" have nearly doubled since yesterday - thanks, in great part to the advocacy of Stuart Faulks and other supporters who have helped promote this petition...Let's Keep It Going!!!!

    23. Status Report filed 7/18/11 Shows DNA Results Excluded All 3 Defendants

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much top those of you who signed so far. To date, every attempt to expose the truth in this case has been squashed & we can't let that continue! Hold the AG accountable for defending WM3 verdicts that constitute civil rights violations !!

    24. Reached 25 signatures
    25. West Memphis Three Judge Says No Electronic Media...

      Tina Musgrove
      Petition Organizer

      At The December Hearings, (the subject of this petition) Judge David Laser Has so Far Upheld a Ban on Electronic Media, By Former WM3 Judge, David Burnette. See this Link To The Article By Yours Truly On Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Katrina Gray JUDSONIA, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      Equal Justice Under the Law!!!

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    • Vanessa Brown CONCORD, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      The entire West Memphis 1993 murder case was a travesty of justice. Those 3 innocent little boys deserved so much better. The officials who were in power at the time blatantly disregarded due process of law and they should be held accountable.

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    • bonnie underwood JONESBORO, AR
      • over 2 years ago

      these gentlemen deliberatedly railroad 3 inncocent boys and failed to achieve justice for 3 murdered boys. They are responsible for grave prosecutorial misconduct.

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    • maren schiessl LEHIGH ACRES, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because of the obvious blunders in this case I feel an inquiry into the actions of all involved is necessary to maintain the integrity of our judicial system.

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    • Shannon Sammon ROUND ROCK, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I did not speak up in 1996 and I am going to do so now. The evidence does not point to these three men. DNA does not lie. Exoneration and reparations are due to Damien, Jason and Jessie. The price of freedom is worth every penny the government needs to pay these men.

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