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Larry Hogan

  • Governor of Maryland

Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Hogan, Jr. is an American politician who currently serves as the 62nd Governor of Maryland, in office since January 2015.

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Petitioning Larry Hogan

Pardon and compensate an innocent man who served 40 years for a crime he did not commit

This petition seeks to have the Governor of Maryland pardon Jesse Barnes, who spent forty years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  The petition also seeks fair compensation for Jesse's wrongful conviction. In 1971, the police in Baltimore, Maryland arrested Jesse, who was seventeen at the time, in connection with the murder of his girlfriend.  The police had no evidence linking Jesse to the murder, and they ignored his alibi even though multiple witnesses told the police they were with Jesse around the time of the murder.  Jesse was subsequently convicted based only on a statement that the police wrote and that Jesse, a high school drop-out, signed after a lengthy interrogation.  The prosecution did not present any evidence corroborating the statement.  The jury was never told about Jesse's alibi or the many other facts demonstrating that his statement was untrue.  After spending the next several decades in prison, Jesse eventually found new lawyers to take up his case.  His lawyers presented DNA and other newly uncovered evidence that discredited the story told in Jesse’s statement and that established his innocence.  After this evidence surfaced, the State of Maryland agreed to release Jesse from prison, and, in December 2011, he walked out of a Baltimore courthouse as a free man for the first time since 1971.  (The photo is from the day Jesse was released.  He is on the left, hugging his brother.) Jesse is now 62 years old and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, a childhood friend whom he married in 2012.  He has led a stable and quiet life since his release.  But while Jesse is no longer in prison, he remains -- in the eyes of the law -- guilty of a horrific crime he did not commit.  Jesse deserves to be fully exonerated, and he deserves compensation for the injustice he suffered.  Please sign this petition, and ask the Governor of Maryland to pardon Jesse and provide him with fair compensation for his wrongful conviction. 

Peter Swanson
1,285 supporters
Petitioning Elijah Cummings, Adrienne Jones, Lauren Kirk 513-579-7161, Dutch Ruppersberger, Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes, Barbara Mikulski, Ben Cardin, Larry Hogan


Many Baltimore regional shopping malls are seeing revitalization around the Maryland area. However, the shopping malls in the 7th Congressional district (Security Square Mall & Owings Mills Mall) have been abandoned many times over.  With all the attention on the defunct Owings Mills Mall, our quaint Security Square Mall that outlines the beltway and 3 major federal government agencies (Social Security Administration, Health Care Administration/ CMS and FBI) has been forgotten.  Forgotten so much that about 80% of the income earned right here in Windsor Mill Maryland is spent elsewhere.  The "Why?" is because of two simple reasons. One being, Gov. Larry Hogan stopped the Red Line project that had Security Square Mall earmarked as a major station along the route of connecting Northwest region to our downtown area. Even canceling this project he never gave a second thought at offering an alternative to the land and business owners that had prepared themselves to grow off this project. Millions were wasted on infrastructure planning, yet no one saw fit to give the area another ounce of hope. Secondly, our elected officials have failed to hold the retail center's investors accountable for there investment in our neighborhood.  They are not required to live up to the like standards of area homeowners. For example, Macy's owns two defunct, boarded restaurants on the front parking lot of Security Square Mall. These two restaurant buildings have been vacant for more than 7 years.  Yet to the contrary homeowners in the area can expect a $300 fine for not having a tight fitting lid on the their trash can.  In my comparison, there has been trashy buildings littering the parking lot of a viable mall within the community and there has been no push to correct this issue or "put a lid on it".  Where is the equity?  Furthermore, there should be state limitations on how long buildings commercial and/or residential can stay vacant within our state. Constantly seeing the defunct restaurant sites on Security Square Mall's parking-lot,  for so many years, is beyond an eyesore and gives a stench of despair.  Retailers within the mall are starting to feel the monetary tension within the community and the chatter as patrons leave the area to spend their dollars elsewhere. Despite efforts like the movie theater at the mall undergoing renovation as we speak, and the inside mall maintaining a high occupancy rate, more needs to be done.  The outer image in conceptually deceiving and needs to be corrected very soon because patrons will continue to flee and maybe even relocate in droves to be apart of more thriving communities.  As one rides the boulevard to visit the areas medical centers, go to their government job, attend a formal event at the luxurious Martin's West facility, visit the local 92Q radio station hub, or to access the beltway at exit 17, the visual of dysfunctionality does not escape you.  There is clearly two high profile vacancies that are attractive locations, yet have sat empty for far too long.  Security Blvd area desperately needs a high profile restaurant or two that allows the mall to compete with the likes of Mondawmin Mall (has TGI Fridays), Reisterstown Road Plaza (has Applebees), Towson Town Center (has Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, Stoney River, & TGI Fridays) & the new Foundry Row in Owings Mills (has Bar Louies). I encourage us residents of the Windsor Mill area to petition Macy's, our elected officials of the 7th congressional district, and the mall owners to change the image of our local mall, show the economic growth needed, and allow this retail center to be a beacon of light to our community.

Estillo Shoes
701 supporters
Petitioning the Baltimore Ravens

Tell the Ravens that the Ray Lewis statue should not be moved!

Word is that the Baltimore Ravens are considering re-locating the statue of Ray Lewis that currently stands outside of Gate A of M&T Bank Stadium. The story below says that "Many Ravens fans have complained that the statues of John Unitas and Lewis side-by-side clutter up the entrance to Gate A and word is Ravens management agrees. The statue will now be positioned above the tunnel where the Ravens are introduced. Billowing smoke and a few chords of “Hot in Here” [sic] will precede player introductions as part of an effort to make said introductions a bit more electric." Moving this statue to a location inside the stadium will prevent many from being able to visit and touch the statue except when the stadium gates are open for an event. This will prevent many Ravens fans from be able to visit Ray to mark special events in their lives that happen to occur on non-game days. Countless couples will be denied the opportunity to have engagement or wedding party pictures taken with Ray unless they can make special arrangement with M&T Bank Stadium. Many newborn Ravens fans who happen to be born between March and July will not be able to include a photo of them with Ray in their birth announcement pictures. Ravens fans will not be able to visit with Ray for a few moments of quiet introspection before a big job interview or marriage proposal. Please help convince the Ravens management NOT to move the statue from its current location. If we can get enough support for this petition and public support from Governor Hogan and Mayor Rawlings-Blake, maybe we can convince the Ravens to keep ray where he belongs: standing outside Gate A as an inspiration to Ravens fans and a warning to Ravens foes. The idea of adding billowing smoke and a few chords of "Hot in Herre" to the statue, however, is a very good one that will add to the Ray Lewis statue experience for everyone.  

Keep Ray Out Front
77 supporters