Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.
On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition: Obviously the Orange County District Attorneys office, with their current district attorney Tony Rackauckas will continue withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense. The only alternative is to both Mr. Rackauckas out of office. So our goal now is to fight this battle both by rallies and at the voting box. If you cannot vote, we still need your donations and also your time if you can volunteer. OUR MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT THE DNA IS NOT KENNETH CLAIR'S. WE DO NOT CARE IF THE DA'S OFFICE CONTINUES TO WITHHOLD THE RESULTS ANY MORE........ NOW OUR MISSION IS TO EXONERATE KENNETH CLAIR. "IF THE DNA SAYS NO .........YOU HAVE TO EXONERATE AND LET KENNETH CLAIR GO......."
Grant Clemency to Cheryl Howard serving life for a nonviolent drug offense.
It’s been over 23 years since I spent Thanksgiving with my mom. This year was no different. For most of my life, my mother has been behind bars, serving a life without parole sentence for a nonviolent drug offense. My mom’s name is Cheryl Howard and I am her only child; she has 3 grand children (2 girls ages 14 and 7 and 1 boy age 13). We have always had a close relationship. One of my last memories together was Halloween when I was the Cowardly Lion from The Wiz. My mother worked so hard on my costume and I was embarrassed by my curls I had as the lion but I remember everyone telling us how great my costume was. This was one of the only childhood moments we had together. Then my mom started abusing drugs like cocaine. It changed everything. Soon she was arrested and in 1995 convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and one count of conspiracy. She was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. I don’t want to make excuses for my mom -- she made mistakes. But I also believe that with help for her addiction she could have gotten better. Instead she was sent to prison for the rest of her life and without clemency from President Obama, she will die there. President Obama has now granted clemency to over 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders like my mom. But only 68 have been women and time is running it out. My mother has accepted full responsibility for actions and has suffered enough. I'm begging President Obama to grant her clemency. While in prison she obtained her GED, completed Vocational Training and Tarrant Community College courses, (2) Pierpont College courses and creative writing courses. She has maintained employment through the Life Connections Program (LCP) which helps inmates learn life skills so that upon release she can be successful and equipped with job skills. After release she want to start a program called “Fed Up,” which stands for Federal Ex-offender’s Driven to their Unexpected, to help female ex-offenders with life coaching, counseling, and job placement. I hear the pain in her voice when she says how remorseful she is for the crimes she committed. Her voice has kept me on the right path in raising my own family. She is truly a changed person, prepared to contribute to her community and society if released. In January 2015 she had 3 aneurysms rupture and was placed on life support for 31 days. She has recovered but I worry everyday. That Cowardly Lion Halloween costume is symbolic because I’ve carried courage with me my entire life. For 23 years I’ve missed every precious moment most people have with their mothers. I can only guess what they feel like. I have three children she has never held as babies. I’ve even delayed my wedding in the hopes that she will be able to walk me down the aisle with my Aunt. Please sign my petition to ask President Obama to grant clemency to a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend who deserves a second chance. For more information regarding my mother's case and others whom deserve Justice through clemency please visit http://www.candoclemency.com/cheryl-howard http://www.candoclemency.com/
UN Assessment of the Integrity of the US Presidential Election 2016
We, the undersigned citizens of the United States, understand that the UN Human Rights department is opposed to Donald Trump being our president. The majority of Americans, 63 million, are also opposed to his taking office. We are also aware that there is evidence of election fraud in key states. Therefore we hereby request the United Nations to assess the integrity of our most recent election in cooperation with the US Department of Justice. Every day, the media reveals more evidence that the 2016 Presidential election was unduly influenced by several factors: the intervention of a foreign power, anti-democratic partisan actions within our borders, and an undemocratic racist campaign of violence and hate. 1. Donald Trump's campaign had significant contact with officials in the Russian government: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/moscow-had-contacts-with-trump-team-during-campaign-russian-diplomat-says/2016/11/10/28fb82fa-a73d-11e6-9bd6-184ab22d218e_story.html 2. In violation of the US Constitution, FBI Director James Comey leaked confidential investigative information to the public, revealing later that he was pressured to do so by partisan influences within the FBI with the specific purpose of undermining the Democratic candidate's campaign. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/03/fbi-leaks-hillary-clinton-james-comey-donald-trump 3. House speaker Paul Ryan has revealed that he purposefully sabotaged President Obama's health care plan in order to influence the election. http://theproudliberal.org/paul-ryan-admits-gop-purposely-caused-obamacare-failure-helping-trump-get-elected/ 4. Leading up to the Republican election, many Republican-led states purposefully enacted voting laws to effectively disenfranchise many voters. http://billmoyers.com/story/voter-suppression-laws-working/ 5. In addition, there is a puzzling discrepancy between the results of our exit polls and the election results. http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/can-we-count-election-results-exit-poll-discrepancies-and-voter-suppression-are There is evidence suggesting that in Wisconsin, (Outagamie County), 4 precincts have more votes for president than ballots cast. In Hortonville, more votes than regular voters. We fear that there may be many other instances of irregularities that affected the election outcome: http://www.inquisitr.com/3728387/electoral-college-map-results-2016-the-difference-and-feasibility-between-an-election-audit-and-election-recount/ 6. Our own government has reason to believe that Russia hacked voting machines in at least three key states: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/12/politics/florida-election-hack/ We have also petitioned the Department of Justice and the Attorney general for an audit, recount and investigation of the election. A great many of the 61 million Americans who voted for Secretary Clinton fear that domestic investigations may be compromised. We urgently request the United Nations to immediately step in to assist the US Department of Justice to investigate the election process and any undue influences on the outcome. We respectfully request that this intervention begin as soon as possible, before the deadline for the final vote count on December 13.
Tell POTUS, DOJ, FBI & CONG to release info on Trump's Russian ties before electors vote!
In addition to James Comey, I will also be sending this letter to The White House, the Department of Justice, The United States House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. If you can think of anyone else to send it to please mention in comments. Please sign the letter! In light of the Oct. 7th announcement by: The Department of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence; on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community; concerning the Russian Government having compromised the e-mails of American citizens, US institutions and US political organizations; in an effort to effect the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. It would be in the best interest of the American public, to release any and all information involving any and all investigation(s) of President-Elect Donald Trump and the Trump campaign's ties to Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government, before the electoral college votes in December. In addition to reports of Trump's top campaign aids having ties to the Russian government, there have been recent reports of the campaign being in constant contact with members of the Russian government throughout the 2016 election process. This information creates a serious cause for concern and may be a danger to our national secrets, a danger to the safety and security of the american people, and in the case any negotiations took place, is a blatant violation of The Logan Act. Thank you for your time. The American People PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE! On November 29th Democratic senators on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence sent the following letter to the President of the United States: Dear Mr. President, We believe there is additional information concerning the Russian Government and the U.S. election that should be declassified and released to the public. We are conveying specifics through classified channels. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Sincerely, Ron Wyden , Jack Reed, Mark R. Warner, Barbara Mikulski, Martin Heinrich, Angus King and Mazie K. Hirono View letter here.
Investigate 2016 Election Stolen by Republicans
The exit polls and the election result are so vastly different it must raise some red flags. Also the fact that many Republicans this election were voting for Hillary or Libertarian divided its base. Bush barely won when they were united. The figures simply make no sense, since there would not be enough angry white men to balance out the opposition. Polls leave generous margins of error, yet this surpassed even those. Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of rigging this election claiming she had hacked computers causing Trump votes to change to Clinton and would deliver trucks full of ballots to key precincts. Obviously he lied about that, but was it to cover up what he, himself planned to do? Please ask for all NSA video footage of key precincts in random states, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Texas to examine this possibility. Check computers for the possibility they may have changed votes.
Provide more resources to law enforcement to stop illegal dog fighting
Why is dog fighting an issue? Dog fighting is a big problem. It is a form of animal abuse. For a pay it forward project I chose dog fighting as my topic. I want to stop dog fighting because it's inhumane, cruel, and selfish. Dogs should be loved. Dog fighting is for people's entertainment only. It's not fair for each dog to be abused in the way that they are. Dog fighting is illegal in all 50 states, but it still happens because the people who can help stop this issue such as police and other organizations that investigate dog fighting (e.g. The Human Society) lack sufficient resources. The reason is because these groups often don't have enough money/support to help make investigations, busts and rescues. Investigations by themselves are very expensive, which is why organizations are having harder times making investigations. When owners don’t want their dogs anymore they will usually leave them in the streets or kill them. This is a problem because dogs can get rabies and hurt people and other animals. Dogs that are left can also breed, and that is a problem because there are too many dogs on the streets. There's already an overpopulated amount of dogs in the United States, with the total number of dogs in the country in excess of 73 million.
#InnocentDAD The Fight to Free Daryl Kelly Sr.
My father, Daryl Kelly Sr., has been in prison since 1998 for a crime he never committed - based on a lie I told. When I was just 8 years old, my mother forced me to make an accusation of sexual abuse against him. At the time, my mother was heavily into substance abuse. The truth is that my father had never laid a finger on me. My mother has admitted she forced me to lie about this. But my father is still in prison. I have been trying for years now to be heard. Now that I have matured into a mother, this fight is even more important to me. I have written Governor Cuomo and spoken to members of a committee of district attorneys who were reviewing my case - but they won't listen to me. All they did was try to put it in my head that my father did do this and I am suppressing it. They even recorded the interviews and when my fathers lawyer requested copies, he was ignored. This has led me to believe corruption is one characteristic I am challenged with. In October of 1997, my family was living in Newburgh, N.Y. My dad, a Navy veteran, landscaped as the local electronics repairman. But my mother was seriously addicted to drugs that she had got involved in prostitution to feed her addiction. One day, out of the blue, she repeatedly asked me if my father had ever touched me. Over and over I told her no, until she became so furious she threatened to beat me with a belt unless I told her what she wanted to hear. To avoid being beaten, I answered "yes", even though it wasn't true. My mother told her mother, my grandmother. My grandmother, a victim of sexual abuse herself, took me to the family clinic to be checked out. A nurse could not confirm any finding but mentioned to a police officer that their was redness. With no evidence of sexual abuse, the police took the nurses findings and charged my father with multiple counts of rape and sodomy. My hyman was intact and there was no sign of anal abuse. My father maintained his innocence and refused a plea deal that would have made him eligible for parole in six years, and within a year he faced a jury. Based on my testimony (I was coached by the prosecution and taught words like "penis" and "vagina"), it took the jury only hours to find him guilty, and he was sentenced to 20 to 40 years. Last year the head of the Conviction Review Bureau at the N.Y. Attorney General's office called for my father's case to be reviewed. But the district attorney who prosecuted him won't listen and upheld his conviction. He says my testimony is not credible and that “the system says he’s not innocent." I then spoke with a committee of district attorneys who were reviewing my dad's case and they wouldn't listen to what I had to say - they just kept telling me I must be repressing the abuse. All of which is on record because they video taped both interviews. When my fathers attorney and I sent out request to receive copies of the interview, we were denied. (Which makes me upset because I should be able to have a copy of a video tape that features myself) My dad is innocent of all accusations. From the story above, the Orange County District Attorneys office had nothing but my testimony and they did everything in their power to make sure I said what they needed me to say, to solidify their conviction. So far, all of his appeals have been denied and any attention I have used at state and local levels have been brushed aside. Just imagine for a moment, you are raided by police in 1998, arrested and charged for sexual abuse and sodomy on your own child, you watch your child testify against you in court (surrounded by strangers), saying things you had no idea she had the intelligence to put together, and you are innocent. How would you feel? 19 years and counting, praying that justice will prevail and the truth will set you free, and officials passing your story along to the next person until that one person does what they took an oath to do: Fight for the wrongly accused. **When I was a teenage, I saw my father in prison for the first time. He hugged me so tight and he told me that he loved me, that he didn't blame me for anything. He never let me go until I was ready for him to let go. That meant the world to me. That reminded me of how unconditional love works. My dad and I currently have a relationship through pictures and letters. He's holding up strong and praying everyday. Now I need your help to set him free.
Clemency for Glenn Metz serving 3 lives + 1st time non violent offender.
This petition is written to request, that you sign for our father Glenn Metz Sr., to be granted a Presidential clemency. We believe this to be fair, as our father Glenn Metz Sr., is a first time non violent offender who was convicted in a drug conspiracy case and received three life sentences and 70 years. He has been incarcerated for the last 24 years of our life. He was taken into custody when he was a 36 year old young man and he is now 60 years of age. That was in 1992. He had never been to jail for anything, not even a traffic violation. He is a father of five. Also, he is a brother, uncle, nephew, grandfather and most of all a true man of God and yes as a young man he made some mistakes. If you ever talk to him he will take full responsibility for his actions but I also think everyone deserves a second chance to make first impression. One of the ways I know he is a changed man, is just by talking to some of the guys that had been incarcerated with him over the years. They have told me things like, "Man your dad changed my life", "Your father is like a father to me", "He is the reason why I am involved in church", and "This guy made me become a man and stop operating and doing childish things as I did as a boy. The suffering that my father has endured has truly been overwhelming. He has missed every one of his kids graduations. Every one of his grandkids being born. His daughters' wedding and the biggest suffering he has endured he most was just last year when he had to miss his own mothers' funeral. So please join us by signing this petition as we work hard to get our father home. Thank You We respectfully request that Glenn Metz Sr. be granted a Presidential Clemency and submit the signatures of the signees below who agree this to be fair and just act on their behalf.
Please help a disabled veteran get disability
My name is Jacob Feuerstein. I am a former United States Marine and now disabled veteran. For the last five years I have been fighting for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and I have been denied coverage every time. The judge who ruled on my case used falsified medical information and manipulated other information to justify his ruling. An example is he stated my PTSD was exaggerated paranoia from a “ history of cannabis abuse”. This information was apparently supplied by a Dr. Lopez who was never even my treating physician. I have never smoked cannabis in my life. There is not a single blood sample or urinalysis that shows I have ever had cannabis in my system. I then requested that an administrative board review the decision and after waiting over a year for an answer their response was “ we see no reason to review the judges decision”. As far as they were concerned the judge did not commit an error in law and therefore his ruling was valid. Even the court appointed vocational expert stated that with my disabilities that there was no gainful employment I could any longer do. The fact that the judge completely disregarded the testimony of the court appointed expert witness should have alone been enough of a reason to re-examine my case. It's a system that doesn’t even hold itself accountable by its own rules. I have a 60% disability rating with the VA and I have a 30% rating from a board certified QME for spinal damage in my cervical and lumbar spine separate from the military. I’ve had spinal surgery, shoulder surgery and hand surgery. I have severe patellar tendonitis in both knees as well as arthritis throughout my entire body and a degenerative disc disease in my spine. I also suffer from both PTSD and depression. I have numerous other physical issues as well that has caused atrophy in both of my hands. Every single second of my life I am in horrible chronic pain. It never stops and it is so bad that if I stopped taking my pain medication, even passed the withdrawal period, my blood pressure raises to the point that I risk stroke or heart attack. Throughout my life I have been a hard worker. I’ve never lived off the system and have earned every single thing I have. No matter what life has thrown at me I have always gotten back up and continued on, but there is a point when enough is enough. I’m not asking for a handout or a free ride. The money I would get from disability is about $1000 a month maybe a little less. If I worked full-time at a minimum wage job I would make at least one and a half times that. If I had any other option to work I would rather do that. When I became fully disabled in January 2012 I had the best job of my life, I was making more money than I’ve ever made before, and I was literally in the middle of buying my first home. I would do almost anything to have that life back, but I can't so now I am relying on the duty of the government of the country I once served. And since they refuse to listen I am now asking for the people to stand up for what's right. Thank you.
STOP MODERN DAY SLAVERY
FREE TYRONE CLARK I have spent almost three decades in prison. The war on drugs is just another way to keep modern day slavery going. The laws disguised to clean up the streets has locked myself and many of our youth in a system with no way out and no dream of rehabilitation. In 1991 the “law of the land” was in affect. This law stated that if found guilty of a drug charge the jury is required to correlate time with the amount found in a persons possession. In my case drugs were never found. The prosecutor used a scale of 5/100 Kilograms in order to sway the judge and jury to give me a harsher sentence. I was tried and convicted of a drug charge,sentence to 30 years in prison. In 2005 the law changed and this new change could have helped in my case but the appeals court would not accept my appeal . I filed for a pardon. The pardon made it all the way to the presidents desk. He refused to sign it even though the law had changed in my favor. I have now spent more than 20 extra years in prison. My latest appeal was filed 2015 it has been pending for 4 years. I have now spent 29 years in prison. I went to prison when I was 22 years old I am now 51 . During my time in prison I have lost my Mother, my Father,and many other family members. Although I have lost so much, I still have a strong support group of family and friends. I have 3 adult children that I didn’t have the opportunity to help nurture and grow. I’m not proud of the choices or mistakes I’ve made.These choices have kept me locked up more than half of my life.Now I’m asking for your help.Please sign my petition. My hopes are for the opportunity to do some good in this world. While being locked up I have taken every opportunity available in training and classes to further educate and rehabilitate myself. I am more than ready to get a second chance at life. I have worked hard at becoming the best man that I can be in this situation, and I am a value to society. How many more years of my life should I be expected to give The United States of America toward our MODERN DAY SLAVERY LAWS? This has to change, so I’m committed to fighting for and being a part of this change. Sincerely Tyrone Clark