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U.S. President, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives

Strengthen laws to hold Prosecutors accountable for judicial misconduct in US courtrooms and protect citizens from wrongful convictions

    1. Petition by

      A Just Cause

In the United States, thousands of citizens are being or have been wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit. Every week, A Just Cause (AJC) hears reports on people being released from prison, after serving 10, 20, or 30 years for crimes they didn't commit. What an INJUSTICE!

These injustices are too often, because of wrong identification, and prosecutorial misconduct, or misconduct on the part of others involved in the judicial process. In 1998, Congressman Murtha and Congressman McDade introduced H.R. 3396 to Congress. Unfortunately, the Bill did not get passed in its entirety, to become a stand alone Bill. However, it was later introduced in a watered down version, and hidden within the Omnibus Appropriations Act 1998. 

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) produced a report for Congress on the Murtha-McDade Act.  To view the CRS report on the Omnibus Appropriations Act 1998, go to:  http://congressionalresearch.com/RL30060/document.php?study=McDade-Murtha+Amendment+Ethical+Standards+for+Justice+Department+Attorneys.

The original Billl introduced by Murtha and McDade, clearly addressed the urgency for holding Prosecutors and those directly involved in the judicial process accountable for prosecutorial misconduct. AJC understands the importance of this Bill and how much it is desperately needed to help protect average citizens from being wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for crimes they did not commit!

In addition to signing this petition, AJC request that you also contact your state's congress representative and ask them to revive/sponsor/co-sponsor a Bill like the original Citizens Protection Act 1998 to stregthen laws to hold Prosecutors accountable, when they step outside of judicial laws.

To view full text of H.R. 3396 please go to: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hr3396/text

Other info:

Congress says "Enough" to over-zealous prosecutors - http://www.november.org/razorwire/rzold/10/1017.html

Congressional Research Service Report 20064 - http://ftp.fortunaty.net/org/wikileaks/CRS/wikileaks-crs-reports/RS20064.pdf

Excerpts of the H.R. 3396 Citizens Protection Act (1998) are below:

A BILL

To establish standards of conduct for Department of Justice employees, and to establish a review board to monitor compliance with such standards.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Citizens Protection Act of 1998’.

SEC. 2. INTERPRETATION.

It is the intent of this Act that the term ‘employee’ shall be interpreted so as to include, but not be limited to, an attorney, investigator, special prosecutor, or other employee of the Department of Justice as well as an attorney, investigator, accountant, or a special prosecutor acting under the authority of the Department of Justice.

TITLE I--ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL PROSECUTORS

SEC. 101. ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL PROSECUTORS.

(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 31 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘Sec. 530B. Ethical standards for attorneys for the Government

‘(a) An attorney for the Government shall be subject to State laws and rules, and local Federal court rules, governing attorneys in each State where such attorney engages in that attorney’s duties, to the same extent and in the same manner as other attorneys in that State.

‘(b) The Attorney General shall make and amend rules of the Department of Justice to assure compliance with this section.

‘(c) As used in this section, the term ‘attorney for the Government’ includes any attorney described in section 77.2(a) of part 77 of title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations.’.

(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following new item:

‘530B. Ethical standards for attorneys for the Government.’.

TITLE II--PUNISHABLE CONDUCT

SEC. 201. PUNISHABLE CONDUCT.

(a) VIOLATIONS- The Attorney General shall establish, by plain rule, that it shall be punishable conduct for any Department of Justice employee to--

(1) in the absence of probable cause seek the indictment of any person;

(2) fail promptly to release information that would exonerate a person under indictment;

(3) intentionally mislead a court as to the guilt of any person;

(4) intentionally or knowingly misstate evidence;

(5) intentionally or knowingly alter evidence;

(6) attempt to influence or color a witness’ testimony;

(7) act to frustrate or impede a defendant’s right to discovery;

(8) offer or provide sexual activities to any government witness or potential witness;

(9) leak or otherwise improperly disseminate information to any person during an investigation; or

(10) engage in conduct that discredits the Department.

(b) PENALTIES- The Attorney General shall establish penalties for engaging in conduct described in subsection (a) that shall include--

(1) probation;

(2) demotion;

(3) dismissal;

(4) referral of ethical charges to the bar;

(5) loss of pension or other retirement benefits;

(6) suspension from employment; and

(7) referral of the allegations, if appropriate, to a grand jury for possible criminal prosecution.

To:
U.S. President, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
Strengthen laws regarding ethical standards for federal prosecutors - Revive/Sponsor/Strengthen laws like the Citizens Protection Act (H.R. 3396)

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Jackie Smith-Russ FREDERICK, MD
      • 11 days ago

      I had raised my grandson since birth my oldest daughter abandoned him at birth and his biological father is unknown so I did what any other real mother would do and stepped up to raise this helpless infant after my daughter told me and her father she didn't care what we did with him, we could do whatever we wanted to and so I petitioned the courts in Roanoke Valley and was awarded full sole and legal custody. I had petitioned the courts to seek some sort of rights to seeking any medical care and any other rights this helpless infant was entitled to, my daughter never showed and remorse along with I always had an open door policy in which she never initiated any visitation, she was never there for any of his surgery and I had sought out medical care along with numerous physicians and specialist he had several medical problems not only she had never received no prenatal care for herself or baby. He had routine dental exams and dental surgery along with annual visits with his pediatrician he had his yearly flu shots and regular immunizations he never had a want in this world I had his medical vision dental and life insurance thru my job at the hospital in which I have been in medical field for over 26 years and my husband has been self employed for over 23 years.

      I came home from work from the hospital after picking up the baby to find a subpoena on my front door from my daughter she wanted full custody after five and half years, my husband and I have been thru 3 attorneys out close to 20000.00 only to be looked down on and belittle in our courts, our attorneys had a great sales pitch but never put on the evidence as they had promised in doing. My daughter had them to believe we kicked her out and stole her baby, however even after my grandson opened up to his counselor here in Maryland how my daughter's husband places a pillowi over his face and he pleads for him to let up all the broken and missed teeth leaving him by his self at four wheel drive club and cos had them sign a safety protection agreement only later my grandson had told us how my daughter's husband gave him a super wedgie that made his rectum start bleeding and spinning him around the room, my daughter's husband even admitted on the stand but our judge was more interested in cracking jokes that my daughter's husband couldn't remember their anniversary date. We found out on thanksgiving 2010 giving on this ruling and how it would take place and she knew what she was doing on Christmas eve 2010 we had to give him up not only Christmas but it marked another year of my father's death he was only 49 yrs old. I told them I'm not use to walking past an empty room I'm not use to an empty place at the table but counting down your final days hours and seconds till you had to let him go. NEVER once was it brought out she could not hold a job she had a felony charge for embezzlement hadn't made a car payment in 4 yrs now she is only working 4hrs a day in the school cafeteria scooping up taters placing them on a child's plate. I still pay for his lunches I never wanted him to be looked down on as a welfare child or low income child or see another child eating something he would like to have but didn't have the money. Now her husband lost his job he is just tinkering around the house building things she is only working 4hrs a day, they have my little grandson in shoes 1and a half sizes to big and he will tell you the only way he gets new clothes is when another child grows out of them. NOW supposingly she had met every change of circumstances and burden of proof and could foster a healthy more open relationship with extended family members and with her dad and sister down there it offered hope well guess what no one gets to see him I am suppose to get court ordered visitations first weekend of the month shared transportation and shared expenses, shared holidays and extended holidays from school, now either she charges us to see him or

      n thru 3 attorneys out close to 20000.00 only to be looked down on and belittle in our courts, our attorneys had a great sales pitch but never put on the evidence as they had promised in doing. My daughter had them to believe we kicked her out and stole her baby, however even after my grandson opened up to his counselor here in Maryland how my daughter's husband places a pillowi over his face and he pleads for him to let up all the broken and missed teeth leaving him by his self at four wheel drive club and cos had them sign a safety protection agreement only later my grandson had told us how my daughter's husband gave him a super wedgie that made his rectum start bleeding and spinning him around the room, my daughter's husband even admitted on the stand but our judge was more interested in cracking jokes that my daughter's husband couldn't remember their anniversary date. We found out on thanksgiving 2010 giving on this ruling and how it would take place and she knew what she was doing on Christmas eve 2010 we had to give him up not only Christmas but it marked another year of my father's death he was only 49 yrs old. I told them I'm not use to walking past an empty room I'm not use to an empty place at the table but counting down your final days hours and seconds till you had to let him go. NEVER once was it brought out she could not hold a job she had a felony charge for embezzlement hadn't made a car payment in 4 yrs now she is only working 4hrs a day in the school cafeteria scooping up taters placing them on a child's plate. I still pay for his lunches I never wanted him to be looked down on as a welfare child or low income child or see another child eating something he would like to have but didn't have the money. Now her husband lost his job he is just tinkering around the house building things she is only working 4hrs a day, they have my little grandson in shoes 1and a half sizes to big and he will tell you the only way he gets new clothes is when another child grows out of them. NOW supposingly she had met every change of circumstances and burden of proof and could foster a healthy more open relationship with extended family members and with her dad and sister down there it offered hope well guess what no one gets to see him I am suppose to get court ordered visitations first weekend of the month shared transportation and shared expenses, shared holidays and extended holidays from school, now either she charges us to see him or makes us drive the entire four hour distance. Also our court order states he suppose to be receiving counseling due to this huge transition she also chose not to follow. So I'll let you decide what is in the best interest of the child.

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    • Stephen Orringer PRINCETON, NC
      • 21 days ago

      I feel very sorry for anyone that is falsely accused and convicted of a crime. I know the feeling. We need to hold defense lawyers and the prosecuttions to high standards. Please sign this mans petition and I have one listed below you may be interested in. The case is on my website at www.falseconvictions.com. My own lawyer conspired with the DA to obtain a conviction. My blogs are blog.falseconvictions.com and blog.iwasfalselyconvicted.com. You can comment on my case or talk about yours. Here is my petition and would appreciate your signature very much..

      http://www.change.org/petitions/my-lawyer-da-hid-the-truth-from-jury-socialmedia-wral-truth-frontline-justice?utm_campaign=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_source=supporter_message

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    • Kristin Froehlich WILMINGTON, DE
      • 21 days ago

      There have been too many egregious violations to allow immunity to continue. We must be able to trust those who are supposed to uphold the laws.

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    • tanya adams COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
      • 24 days ago

      everyone deserves a chance

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    • Alex Friedmann ANTIOCH, TN
      • 26 days ago

      Prosecutors must follow the same laws that defendants are required to follow. Obtaining convictions alone is not justice.

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