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Petitioning Gov. Rick Perry

Order DNA Testing for Hank Skinner

Hank Skinner was set to be executed March 24 in Texas for a crime he says he didn't commit, even though DNA evidence that could prove his guilt or innocence has never been tested. Fortunately, just minutes before his death, the Supreme Court issued a stay of his execution, saying they wanted more time to consider his case. Now it's key that we keep the pressure up. Use the form below to urge Texas Gov. Rick Perry to support a stay of executions so DNA testing can proceed.

Innocence Project and Color of Change
6,736 supporters
Petitioning Chief Kim Vickers (Executive Director TCLEOSE)

JUSTICE for Amina & Sarah Said: To interrogate Patricia Owens & and the Said family as possible suspects

  Amina and Sarah Said were murdered by their father Yaser Abdul Said an Egyptian immigrant on January 1st 2008. Amina was 18 years old and was shot two times and Sarah was 17 years old as was shot nine times.     The girls were brilliant young ladies dreaming of nothing more than to live their lives as Americans and become doctors. They both were victims of their abusive father, Yaser, on several occasions. The abuse was permitted (or at least not stopped) by their American mother, Patricia. Both Sarah and Amina appeared at school with bruises, and at one point Amina even had a split lip. Amina informed her friends the wounds were inflicted by her father, and her mother refused to allow her to seek medical attention. Yaser found out that both girls were dating in the fall of 2007 and like many times before he pulled a gun on Amina and Sarah and threatened to kill them for not following his rules. A boyfriend was not permissible under his rules. Yaser had plans for the girls to marry in an arranged marriage. The girls managed to run away of the home to their mothers job where the girls also had part time jobs.   The manager gave Patricia days off from work to take the girls to a safe place and call the police, even taking donations among the store employees to help Patricia get her daughters protection. Deciding to run away with two friends they confined in their mother their plans to escape their father. Patricia tells her daughters she had always wanted to leave their father and asked to run with them. The girls and the friends agreed to allow Patricia to go along. They left all their phones behind so they couldn't be traced and finally left on December 25th after Yaser had left to go to work that night. They all headed for Kansas to Patricia’s aunt’s home. Upon arrival Patricia tells her aunt the girls were going to run away with their friends and she couldn’t let that happen, then Amina spoke up and said; "my mom said she always wanted to leave my dad so we let her come with us." During a conversation Patricia stated if she took her daughters back to Texas Yaser would definitely kill them.  By the end of the day it was decided it would be best to go to Tulsa, Oklahoma, a bigger city close to a collage for Amina. The next day Patricia bought a new cell phone and now had a number Yaser didn’t have, they rented an apartment and bought some furniture and the girls felt a little safer. Unfortunately unknown to Amina and Sarah and the boyfriends, their mother was talking to their father and planning on returning back to her husband.   Patricia knew there was no way her daughters would return to Texas so she lied to Amina and Sarah telling them she wanted to put flowers on their grandmother grave and they would spent New Year’s  Day at their Aunt Connie’s, the mother’s  sister.   They arrived back in Texas on New Year’s eve when the girls learned that their mother was going back home to Yaser. Amina very upset and angry, refused to go to her father’s house knowing he would kill her and she went to her boyfriend’s parents and called her Aunt Connie, "did you know my mom went back to my dad" she asked, crying and upset she told her aunt about her mother lying to her to get her back to Texas.   The next morning, on New Years, Amina's friend received a text message from Sarah asking Amina to call her mom. Amina called and her mother asked her to come home, again Amina refused. Patricia made call after call to Amina begging her to come home throughout the day saying her father had forgiven her and they were all going to go out to eat but Amina again refused. That evening Patricia drove to Amina boyfriend’s parents to talk to her daughter. Amina kept refusing to go with her mother and she wanted to go back to Tulsa. Patricia not getting anywhere with Amina took her by the arm telling her to hurry up they were running out of time.   Amina gives in and goes home with her mother and within a couple hours Amina and Sarah were shot to death by their father.    The next day the girl’s brother Islam Said, said to the media that Amina and Sarah got what they deserved because they knew the rules. The mother’s actions in the days leading up to the murders are extremely suspicious. She could have returned her daughters back to their father so the murders could take place as planned. Either way, she failed to protect her daughters. Irving Police Department not only refuses to bring charges against Patricia Owens, Islam Said or any of the bothers of Yaser Said but they didn’t even care to officially interrogate them. Clearly the proof is in the pudding and this is a double Honor Killing and the F.B.I. agreed at one point. The mother must be charged with conspiracy to murder her daughters. Sarah and Amina Said deserve JUSTICE.   Patricia has given several interviews in the past six years and most of them are very contradictory. This should be taken as a proof that the information is not clear and search deeply into these murders. After six years, Yaser Said is still at large. Here his FBI profile: http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/murders/yaser-abdel-said Please join us in the fight for justice for Amina and Sarah Said by calling on the Irving Police to revise this case and interrogate Patricia Owens Said and Islam Said.

Frankie Walker
6,353 supporters
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Petitioning KEN LEGLER

REMOVE JOHN PASCHALL CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN HANK JOHNSON MURDER

.Hank Johnson was brutally beaten in Hearne, Texas on July 10, 2008. Hank died as a result of his injuries. His murder remained unsolved in the Capital Murder case part due to the suspected improper handling of the case by District Attorney John Paschall. I request the removal of DA John Paschall from all involvement in the Hank Johnson murder case due to a conflict of interest and prejudice.. Paschall has compromised the conviction of the party or parties responsible for the crime which may include Billy Blackburn, John Paschall’s brother-in-law. Blackburn is a potential witness and/or person of interest. Paschall also failed to follow proper interrogation protocol and questioned Blackburn with no one else present. Paschall was recorded threatening the lead Detective Steve Stokley, who was later demoted and transferred after his Johnson murder case files disappeared. In addition, at least one witness, Harry Monson, was murdered October 25, 2008, along with Chandell Lewis who had dated Paschall’s daughter. Please remove and investigate DA John Paschall.

Sandi JOHNSON
840 supporters
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Petitioning Texas Governor

Texas 83rd Legislature: Pass House Bill 705 - Elevating Assault on ER Staff to a Felony Offense

Violence against Emergency Department staff is a major problem. I have been an EMT in the State of Texas for 5 years, and the worst, most consistent violence by patients against their caregivers I have witnessed was when I worked as a Patient Care Technician in an Emergency Department in Central Texas. It was an almost daily occurrence. A 2010 CNN Health article entitled "Bitten, shot, spat on: Violence in hospitals common for staff" outlines how this is a national problem, not isolated to one region or facility. The "Emergency Department Violence Surveillance Study" published by the Emergency Nurses Association in November 2011 demonstrated that among 7,169 emergency nurses surveyed, 54.5% had experienced verbal abuse and/or physical violence in the previous 7-day period; 12.1% had actually been physically assaulted. Nearly all physical assaults (97.8%) were committed by patients against their caregivers. Of those, 73.1% were perceived by their victims to be lucid at the time of the assault. The American College of Emergency Physicians policy statement entitled "Protection from Physical Violence in the Emergency Department Environment" states, "Maximum criminal prosecution will be pursued against those individuals who commit violent acts against health care workers, when deemed appropriate, based on the circumstances of the incident." Furthermore, it concludes, "ACEP recognizes that the EMS system is an integral component of emergency care and supports and encourages efforts to protect EMS personnel against physical violence in the prehospital environment." Texas state law already recognizes assault against EMS and other emergency personnel in the prehospital environment as a felony offense. Please pass House Bill 705 into law so that all emergency responders, no matter the environment in which they work, will be protected against physical assault in the discharge of their duties.

Jeff Scott
452 supporters
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Petitioning Steve Bullock

US state governors without bullying policies in local schools: Create bullying policies in your state, do more than punish bullies and push bullying ed.

DISCLAIMER: I created this petition as part of my US Government course.  Not all information provided may be 100% accurate.  Feel free to contact me to correct my information.  Bullying in schools is a serious issue that carries over to many other parts of students lives. Victims of bullies and the bullies themselves suffer in the long run. Most US schools have formal laws established and working to prevent bulling, but there are some states that still have not developed local school district based policies. Montana has yet to form laws and North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana and tenessee have no local anti-bullying school policies. Many students lose grasp on their own behavior during their schooling, so classes need to be included in any basic school ciriculum.  Be it integrated into their health program or taught by public speakers, students need to be informed what bullying is vs similar topics.  Finally, the bully themselves may have a reason for doing what they do.  The schools often don't go out of their way to treat this and instead give them a slap on the wrist.  With this, the problem is not resolved and the bully will continue to try and get attention.  I propose that schools provide counseling for students who bully so that their voices can be heard in the right way.  With this, repeat bullying should become less of a problem for everyone. Both these topics bring out ways to curb bullying.  The problem is that legislation is barley passing.  With enough attention, these ideas can be pushed by the states faster, leading to better detection of bullies before harm is done. 

Benjamin Giordano
101 supporters