Petition update

Courtney Bisbee’s Supporters Demand Action!

Camille Tilley
Goodyear, AZ, United States

Apr 4, 2016 — Please take action and sign these petitions! Every person matters.

After Courtney's two-day Evidentiary Hearing was vacated in federal court, in reply to motions by the state AG’s office (the prosecution), this is the action some supporters took. One published an article, in the Wrongful Conviction blog. The other created a “We the People”.gov petition for Courtney, because this is about her Writ of Habeas. It is time to correct this injustice. Deadline April 26th to reach 100,000 signatures!

Though Courtney’s case is a non-death penalty case, it falls under the complex AEDPA guidelines applied to death penalty cases. The Writ of Habeas, after the 1994 Crime Bill law and AEDPA were passed, it created an injustice at the federal level for the people, and now Courtney. It defers back to the state, even when the state failed to do its job for the past 12 years in Courtney’s wrongful conviction. Though, they had new evidence and exculpatory evidence - proof of her innocence, dating back to 2004, they chose to ignore it. This was a scam for money and those who benefited from her conviction.

Once again, people are asking why the state doesn’t want her case heard in court? (her Evidentiary Hearing had been scheduled for March 14-15, 2016, when the harsh spotlight was focused on Arizona. Hours-long lines at the poles in the Primary. In the nationwide news.)

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Restore the Writ of Habeas Corpus to help the innocent get exonerated for crimes they were falsely accused of committing http://1.usa.gov/21XQNFA

"If you were falsely accused and wrongfully convicted, you would want every possible legal safety net to help you. Prior to 1996, the Writ of Habeas Corpus was that safety net. But that safety net was shredded by the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. Now, even if a state court misapplies the Constitution, you still can't have your conviction overturned by a federal court. We Americans deserve to be protected from having our lives and good names ruined by false convictions. Prison is a terrible place, and it's all the worse if you don't belong there. People worry about the government taking away people's rights, but this is the exact opposite: under the aforementioned 1996 law, the government CAN'T give you your Constitutional rights. It is time to correct this injustice."

Published Date: Mar 28, 2016
Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Human Rights

and this published article:

“COURTNEY BISBEE EVIDENTIARY HEARING VACATED" by Phil Locke | Wrongful Convictions Blog March 3, 2016 http://bit.ly/21LZ1SS

"Let me take some editorial license here and state that this ruling is NOT about justice and truth and doing what’s right. This is about justice system officials desperately trying to prevent disclosure of their misdeeds. And it’s also about a justice system that has elevated “procedure” to the point of being an end unto itself, regardless of actual guilt or innocence.”

Our family, thanks all those, who have continued to support Courtney over the past 12 years.

Sincerely,
Tom and Camille Tilley
(Courtney's parents)


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