Help Fight To Free An Innocent Man From Prison

Help Fight To Free An Innocent Man From Prison

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Moshe Canty started this petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo and

On the evening of New Years Day 2007, Melvin Green was almost done cleaning up his house after a big dinner where a lot of his family members attended. His children, after having already taken their baths, had all gone to sleep. His wife at the time had also decided that she would go into their bedroom and lie down. After being done cleaning up, Melvin decided to turn on the television before retiring for the night. However, sometime thereafter, he heard two rapid succession of gun shots coming from the the driveway outside of his home that both he and his next door neighbor shared together. Immediately after hearing the shots, Melvin heard a commotion but recognized the voice of his neighbor  yelling out of his window that he would call the police. At that moment, Melvin was startled as he heard loud banging on his front door. Being afraid and fearing for his family’s safety, Melvin went to go investigate the noise that was so loud it sounded as if someone were trying to break the door down. As he stepped into the foyer, he looked into the glass window of the front door and heard a voice telling him to open the door so that he could get into his neighbor’s apartment. Melvin tried going back upstairs but the banging commenced. No sooner that he did this, his front door flew open almost hitting him in the face. Then, forcing their way into his home were two men with their guns drawn, and another on his knees with lock picking tools in his hands. Melvin was placed in handcuffs, read his Miranda rights, led out of his house and placed into an unmarked vehicle and taken to Middletown, New you from his Bronx home where he would be questioned about a murder and robbery that occurred in Orange County.

During an hours long interrogation in which Melvin denied his role in the crime, he was coerced into signing a confession. Melvin was taken to the Orange County where, at his first court proceeding, he was given a court appointed attorney. For eight months he sat in jail letting his lawyer know that he did not commit the crime, and that he had an alibi. His lawyer never investigated the alibi nor provided any effective legal representation worth mentioning. To make matters worse, three days before the start of Melvin’s trial, the Assistant District Attorney of Orange County came to the jail with state police and searched his cell. These authorities confiscated Melvin’s entire defense he had put together. Melvin’s trial was made up a white judge, a white ADA, and an all white jury. Not surprisingly, 72 hours after his cell was searched and his legal documents stolen, Melvin was convicted of the crimes Murder in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. Subsequently, he was sentenced to a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole. It should be known that at the time of this crime, Melvin was a college graduate with degree in Psychology. In addition, he was a successful businessman. Thus, the notion that Melvin would need to rob and kill anyone unjustifiably is not of his character for those who really know him.

In closing, Melvin needs our support. He currently lacks the resources needed to defend himself against these mendacious allegations that he has been accused of committing. So, he is in need of legal representation to help him file the necessary motions into court that will allow him to challenge his wrongful conviction. He needs a private investigator to help him obtain documents about key eyewitnesses who can vouch for his innocence. If he does not get this help, Melvin will essentially die in prison for something he did not do. We are calling on any and everyone who can help. 

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