- Governer of Ohio
- Governer of Ohio
Free Tyra Patterson
Tyra Patterson has been incarcerated for 21 years for crimes she did not commit. I was one of the jurors who voted to convict her of a robbery that ended in the shooting death of Michelle Lai in 1994. But new evidence surfaced that shows me the verdict was wrong. Tyra is innocent and Ohio Governor Kasich should take action to release her from prison immediately.I had serious doubts about Tyra's guilt at the time I voted to convict her. I could tell she wasn't really a part of the group that committed the crimes -- she had just found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we didn't have the proof to back up my instinct.It turned out the evidence existed -- it just wasn't presented at trial. For example, as a juror I did not know that Tyra called 911 after the shooting to get help or that one of the victims had testified at an earlier trial that a co-defendant -- not Tyra -- had committed the robbery that Tyra had confessed to. Knowing that now makes me believe that the “confession” Tyra made was false.Her lawyers never told us about the concept of false confessions. I wish they had.I have lost many nights of sleep over Tyra’s case. I started this petition two years ago and with public pressure, the persistence of Tyra, and the work of her legal team, there are now Republican lawmakers, the former Ohio Attorney General, and former correctional officers who worked with Tyra, all advocating for her release.If I had known about the evidence that supports Tyra’s innocence at trial, I never would have voted to convict her. All four of Tyra's co-defendants, a witness and Tyra herself passed polygraphs supporting Tyra's innocence claim. She has now spent 21 years, almost half her life, behind bars. She initially received a longer sentence than even the shooter herself.The Ohio Parole Board heard Tyra's case, where all of the evidence and all the great things Tyra's done to transform herself were presented. I was there. The majority of board members made it clear that they resented the public support Tyra was receiving, particularly from elected officials. They would not even let her speak, even though she had a right to do so.In a split vote, the Parole Board unjustly recommended that Tyra not be released.But, the final decision is still made by Governor Kasich. I believe that if enough people sign this petition, Governor Kasich will see that the public supports Tyra’s release and will do the right thing and allow her to come home.Please sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong.
Gov. John Kasich: Pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar -- she shouldn't go to jail for protecting her kids
"An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelley Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately. The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar's father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township. Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition. - Dr. Boyce Watkins As punishment for doing everything in her power to keep her children safe, Ms. Williams-Bolar, a single mother with no previous criminal record, has been made a felon by Ohio judge Patricia Cosgrove. In addition to jail time, a large fine and probation, Ms. Williams-Bolar's felony conviction has also robbed her of her future. "'Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today. The court's taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.'' - Judge Patricia Cosgrove Although Ms. Williams-Bolar had nearly completed her education to become a teacher, under Ohio law felons are not permitted to teach. She has been robbed of the opportunity to elevate her life and the lives of her family through her own hard work. She has been handed what equates to a life sentence for attempting to protect her children. In a time of overwhelming economic disadvantage for so many US citizens, are loving single mothers like Williams-Bolar truly the enemy our court system should be making examples of in this way? Ms. Williams-Bolar's attorneys are currently preparing for an appeal. Please sign this petition to let Gov. Kasich know that you do not feel that Kelley Williams-Bolar's punishment appropriately fits her crime, and that you both support and demand a full pardon.
Outlaw all Sales of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in Ohio!
The purpose of this petition is to encourage Ohio Governor John Kasich and our fellow legislators to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, internet sale and distribution of all Elephant Ivory, Rhinoceros Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in our state. The United States is the largest consumer of these products behind China. With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks, and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, (Howard, 2014) it is predicted that these keystone species will be extinct within a few short years. To understand the brutality of the killings, one must be aware of the poacher's methods. AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process. Hacking off the tusks or horns while the animal is still alive. Paralysis darts so the species cannot move, yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls. Poisoned darts lead to weeks and weeks of suffering before an unspeakable death. (McAvey, 2015) US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH says "Stopping the Ivory trade is not only a matter of conservation, but one of national security and international stability. (2014) There is no legislation banning these products in Ohio, and that is what we are committed to change. Encourage Governor Kasich and our elected constituents to enact legislation banning all sales of these products. Wild animals cannot protect themselves, but we can and we must! Respectfully, Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Ivory Free Ohio is a Grassroots Organization Committed to Ending the Trade of All Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in the State of Ohio. Join Us Online! Facebook: Ivory Free Ohio - IFOH Twitter: @IvoryFreeOhio Web: IvoryFreeOhio.org Reference Howard, B.C. (2015, January 22). South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching. Nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/ McAvey, A. (2015). Ivory Free Vermont. Ivoryfreevermont.org. Retrieved from http://www.ivoryfreevermont.org/ Portman, R. (2014, February 8). Elephants Slaughtered for Trinkets and Terrorism. CNN.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/opinion/portman-elephants/ Photo Credit: WWF
Ban the sale, ownership, and harboring of wild and exotic animals in Ohio
After dozens of animals escaped a 73 acre private collection today, October 18, 2011, in Zanesville, Ohio, 48 have been shot dead after their owner died and the gates to their enclosures were opened. These animals, at no fault of their own, have threatened the safety of people and domesticated animals in the surrounding regions and had to pay for this with their lives. Ohio has some of the most lax regulation of exotic pets, and after this disaster, it is apparent that this lack of regulation has been a threat to public safety and the welfare of the animals for too long. The collection of animals had been considered a bad situation for a quite some time by local law enforcement, but there was nothing that they could do to stop their owner, Terry Thompson, from keeping the animals nor to push preventative measures onto the property. And these animals aren't the only ones, hundreds of exotics are currently being kept as pets in the state without any regulation. Ohio is one of less than 10 states in the US that do not regulate the ownership of exotic animals. Owning a wild animal is difficult and causes them suffering with a lack of proper knowledge as to the handling and care of these animals by their owners. Wild animals have been known to attack, maim, and kill humans and domesticated animals without any warning and due to these circumstances, law enforcement have no choice but to destroy them. The best thing we can do for the exotics and ourselves is to keep them in their wild, natural habitats where they belong by outlawing their sale and ownership in Ohio.
Extend Supports to Foster Youth Through Age 21
To give Ohio's foster children a fair chance at leading successful adult lives.
URGENT: Help Baby! Stop ODNR from murdering an innocent tame rescued deer named Baby in Vermillion, Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to dishonor the most compassionate citizens of Ohio and in so doing steps violently upon our God given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The state does NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to make compassion illegal by forcing people to commit negligence. Debbie is a retired nurse who owns a dog rescue in Vermillion, Ohio called St. Francis Animal Sanctuary. She saved the life of a little fawn named Baby who has known nothing but love. The ODNR is threatening to kill this precious tame animal and arrest Debbie. The ODNR needs to be stopped! Baby has a life. DNR has a trail of death. This is senseless wasteful barbaric killing must stop. Please sign this petition to save BABY. FYI. After signing the option to donate to further promote this petition is given.
Minimum and mandatory sentences for animal cruelty
Decent and caring citizens of the United States (and beyond) are exponentially tired of seeing animals killed or abused, and then the abuser receiving little to no jail time. Animal abusers are five times more likely to hurt humans, and they are being left in society to do more damage. Almost always you find them also abusing a child or some other innocent person. Keeping them off the streets should be a priority. The sentences given to animal abusers are weak and ineffective as deterrents, and certainly not carrying out fair and proper justice. We demand mandatory jail and longer sentences. When an animal crime is committed, the entire community, state, and nation is in uproar- then, later find the person served very little time. Police and courts can only punish to the fullest extent of the law if their are laws that back them and back citizen outrage. We are fully tired of this weak and repetitive process. From dragging sharks behind a boat in Florida, leaving dogs outside to freeze in the cold etc. to each case state to state- we want action. We also want proactive warnings given to all potential abusers. Let it be known that the United States does not tolerate animal abuse! As an example, a person who drops a puppy off a building is NOT mentally stable and should not be allowed to roam free. Therefore, sentences should be 10 to 30 years mandarory in jail or mental facility for these crimes. No exceptions.
I want to bring justice to the children who have no voice in the heroin epidemic
We all are aware of the Heroin epidemic in Ohio and need to strive for a change. This is all I read while doing research for this petition. In 2016 Ohio was the state to have the most overdose deaths in the nation. This has to stop. Governor John Kasich signed the House Bill 110, also known as "911 Good Samaritan" law that grants immunity to overdose calls. This grants the person overdosing 2 chances of immunity from any charges. The two provisions added were " immunity is only good for two times and not available for people on parole or probation". The second was Medical professionals can share with law enforcement the name and address of the person who overdosed for further investigation and follow-up. Many people worry this will prevent people from doing the right thing by calling 911 because the person overdosing and/ or the caller will be charged and put in jail. My problem with this bill is that I keep hearing and reading how this bill was signed so we could save lives and hopefully find a solution to the on going problem. My problem I face is that people are overdosing while their children or other children are around and they witness these things. This can be torturous to a child, as mine had to witness it on a weekend they were spending with their father. This is the story they retold to me as well as my fiance'. I was horrified to think someone could do this with their children in the home. On December 10th my children ages 6 and 11 were with their father while his girlfriend was working. He had a couple buddies over and my children were asked by their father to go in the other room while he spoke to these guys. My children respectfully gave him his space and went back to playing. About 15 minutes later the guys left and my children wanted to play with their dad. They said he told them he wanted to lay down. Minutes later he was asking them crazy questions such as "did I smoke my cigarette?" My youngest son went in and got my oldest son as he knew something wasn't right. My oldest son went in to talk to his father and said he looked sick. So they left him sleep for a couple minutes. My youngest son went back in wanting to play because this was the second day of the weekend and he knew time was ticking. He ran back out to get my oldest son because his father had "white stuff" coming out of his mouth and sweating really bad. His eyes were rolling into the back of his head and he kept making these weird noises my youngest son explained. My oldest son picked up the phone and called the first person listed in the contacts and this was his father's girlfriend. She told me the boys explained everything to them and she finished delivering pizzas and didn't want the kids to hang up with her to call 911 she was going to see what was going on. 45 minutes later she rushes home to find him unresponsive and my children scared to death. She called me right away to ask what to do and I told her to call 911 I would be there to pick my children up. The scene that I pulled up to scared me so I know the boys were scared. 2 police cars and a EMS. My fiance' went into the house to get my boys because I was so furious I didn't want to see either of their faces. My children came out of the house with clothes falling out of their book bags, shoes untied, and shorts on in December. This is the image that will never leave my mind. Things had been going great with visitation for about 3 months prior to this and he had not seen them prior to that 3 months for almost a year. He claimed to be drug free. This is the problem he was never charged even though he was on parole. My children had to witness this first hand and are aware that they did an amazing job and saved a life. What about these children that do not have one out of two parents drug free? If these children live in a home where 2 parents are addicts they have to live though this more than once and maybe up to 4 times (2 times each parent) before the police are able by law to make them responsible for putting these kids in these awful situations? If the children do not see the adult have any consequences to their actions what is that teaching our children? When will the cycle stop if the kids are seeing the mistake made but the law is unable to punish them. This problem is going to keep growing because the children are the victim and someone needs to step up and be their voice. They need to know right from wrong and understand that when you do illegal things like drugs the law will not back you up. The law that was passed is fair I believe but when a child is involved there should be no immunity the user didn't just endanger themselves they endangered a child they are supposed to protect and show them right from wrong. How can we beat this epidemic when we are teaching the children that when they see a parent overdose it's okay because they were saved by the real hero's, EMS and the Police Officers. They should look up to their parent as the hero's. This bill needs to be changed so we can break the cycle and bring the understanding of the law back to our children and future generations. Illegal mean against the law and should stay that way. Endangering or neglecting a child is a crime in all other situations such as driving while intoxicated. The person drinks and that is completely legal until they get behind the wheel of a car and drive with their children in tow. What happens? They are arrested, cited with DUI, charged with child endangering, and it all stemmed from a legal action. When a drug user uses a drug it is illegal, when they overdose because of that drug, that's illegal. When they endanger a child by using the drugs and overdose and have to be revived while leaving the child unattended because they are incoherent.... That is legal because of Bill 110 that was signed by the governor that grant the user immunity. Some may say I have no clue what I am talking about because I have never been down that road. Correction, I have been and this is why I am fighting so hard because some of these children do not have a parent fighting for their best interest so I WILL. I was a user for many years, lost loved ones due to an overdoses, and have witnessed it first hand. I have changed my life around and have given my children a fighting chance, but some may not do the same because the addiction is much stronger than they are at that point in their life. Maybe it's time we have tough love and show the children when you do something wrong it will not be tolerated or excepted. Fight for justice for the children, fight for our future, fight for what is right!
Grant David Thorne a new trial.
David Thorne was deprived of a fair trial in 2000. He was found guilty of murder for hire based on the coerced confession of an 18-year-old acquaintance and was inadequately represented by counsel. He deserves the chance to be properly represented and to clear his name. He is innocent. www.wcodt.org
Get the seven WTOL-11 employees their jobs back!
Seven long time station employees at WTOL-11 http://www.toledonewsnow.com in Toledo,Ohio were wrongfully terminated for....PLAYING A CARD GAME around the first of the year at work called "cards against humanity". http://www.toledoblade.com/TV-Radio/2016/01/14/7-WTOL-employees-fired-for-playing-Cards-Against-Humanity.html There was first a suspension, then a firing which makes alot of....no wait. ZERO sense. keep in mind, this is one issue and not a repeat offense. These fine folks have families, some have spouses, significant others,children too! It's a complete shame that the parent company raycom media www.raycommedia.com has responded with such a terrible handing down of punishment. Also, I'm willing to bet that CBS knows nothing about this, and if they did...then WTOL would probably lose their affiliation. what do you think? I have reached out to higher ups(Jeff Ross, Raycom Media) and they literally will say nothing on the matter except to stonewall you and make you feel bad for being passionate about something. Mr. Ross even accused me of "making up things" when i called him about the firings in question. the news anchors in question were arguably the most popular personalities on the entire news station and were a hit amongst the local toledo population. Let us ALL get together and sign this petition, email cbs, raycom media, and all others associated in order for this to become a national issue (if it has to) to win their jobs back, and for the station to take notice and let the local community of toledo know how we feel about this horrible issue at hand.