Justice for a Stl man who attempted to protect himself from severe police brutality
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Michael Vehlewald of Saint Louuis County was convicted in Saint Charles County in 2008 of assault on law enforcement officers. Judge Rauch sentenced him to 105 years in prison after refusing to feed the jury in order to get a "premature" verdict in Mr. Vehlewald's case. At the time of arrest Mr. Vehlewald was being beaten by St. Charles officers to the point the hospital photos of him were unrecognizable. He feared for his life and attempted to protect himself from what he thought would be his death. Mr. Vehlewald was so severely injured from the altercation he could barely walk or speak from injuries to the head and body. In 2011 an article was written in the Suburban Journals (now StlToday) about the injustice of the case by Judge Rauch which included statements from lawyer Tracy Brown. Mr. Vehlewald has been an inmate at Potosi Correctional Center for the past 14 years resulting in missing out on his 3 children growing up, the passing of his mother and the birth of 2 grand children. Mr. Vehlewald has completed every program possible and received necessary certificates from each. He has become a reformed inmate and just wants the chance to be a productive part of society. We are asking for your signatures to help Mr. Vehlewald come home to his family and be given the chance to prove he has been reformed. To be able prove he can be the best father, grand father, brother, uncle and husband he already is. Help bring justice for Mr. Vehlewald and his family and fight back against excessive time that results in cruel and unusual punishment!
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