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Petitioning Governor of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and 3 others

Free Richard DeLisi serving 98 years for a non-violent cannabis charge

Richard DeLisi has now been locked up for over a quarter of a century.
It is hard to comprehend that in this day in America a man can be sentenced to life for a non-violent cannabis offense.

... Please do not let Richard die in prison in America, the land of the free.

Lately the legalization of medical cannabis and even recreational in some states shows its time to let this senior citizen free. There is no point in wasting tax dollars on a rehabilitated senior citizen. Richard has definitely served his time. 

The recommended sentence was 12-17 years so if you could imagine the shock when he was sentenced to 3 consecutive 30 year sentences plus 8 due to the WAR ON DRUGS ,Richard was used to make an example.

Richard is a father and a a grandfather who needs to be part of his families life... 

Where are the brave people who will help undo this injustice?

Richard is a non-violent offender with many health problems, PLEASE HELP SET HIM FREE NOW!!! 


Letter to
Governor of Florida Gov. Rick Scott
Florida State House
Florida State Senate
and 1 other
Florida Governor
This is an inhumane sentence, considering that the STATE handed the Court, after trial, a recommended term of 15 Years, to be served in a State Prison. This was determined at what is called a Pre-sentencing investigation, conducted for the purpose of establishing what the State feels to be a just punishment for a crime.
During his incarceration, for a non-violent, marijuana offense,Richard has been witness to heroin traffickers,cocaine traffickers,murderers & predators all serve their time and be released. At 67 years of age and in poor health, having an impeccable prison record, Richard is still in prison, costing the taxpayers money, wasting his life, for a victimless crime.
During this lengthy prison term, Richard has logged thousands of hours in both Spiritual and Secular betterment classes, completing each with high accommodations. He continues to struggle with dyslexia, a major factor in his transgressions of the past. With determination, once given a diagnosis, he has taught himself to read and to write, things we take for granted..things he could not do until he was well into his forties.
Hon. Judge Dennis P. Maloney did what is called an upward departure when he sentenced him to the maximum 30 years for each offense, with all three to run consecutively, resulting in 90 years which is a "de facto" life sentence.
Knowing that this case was a reverse sting operation which was initiated and orchestrated by the state of Florida and no drugs were ever out of police custody to impose such a harsh sentence needs to be reviewed!
In 2004, the Judge, Hon. Dennis P. Maloney was sanctioned in opened Court for demanding the immediate release of his friend, who was arrested for DUI.which is a direct violation of the Law he was sworn to uphold. [Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 03-78, Re: Dennis Maloney, 916 So ...]
We are asking for a minimum of ONE THOUSAND signatures, to present to the Florida Board of Executive Clemency. Without Clemency, Richard DeLisi will most likely die in prison.
The variance between the State's recommendation, and the sentence imposed by a Judge, proven to have questionable ability to remain impartial, calls for a cry for Justice.

The DeLisi Family

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