Urge Lynn Fitch to concede that Allen Russell's life without parole sentence is unlawful.

Urge Lynn Fitch to concede that Allen Russell's life without parole sentence is unlawful.

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Jonathan Allen started this petition to Lynn Fitch

The Mississippi Court of Appeals—by an equally divided 5-5 vote—affirmed Allen Russell's sentence of life-without-parole for simple possession of 1.5 ounces of marijuana on May 11. Russell moved for rehearing on May 25. Mississippi AG Lynn Fitch has until June 8 to respond to Russell's motion for rehearing.

Dissenting Judge Jack Wilson (appointed to the court by fmr. Gov. Phil Byant) explained that SCOTUS precedent forecloses Russell's sentence: "I cannot draw any material distinction between Allen Russell and the defendant in Solem," Wilson wrote, referencing a life sentence SCOTUS rejected in the 1983 case, Solem v. Helm. "Thus, I conclude that we are bound under Solem to vacate Russell’s life without parole sentence."

This case will continue to draw media attention nationwide and will ultimately be reversed by SCOTUS if Mississippi's appeals courts refuse to apply SCOTUS' precedent in Solem v. Helm. AG Fitch should not embarrass constituents of hers (like me!) who don't want yet another cartoonishly cruel prison sentence to bring Mississippi under ridicule yet again.

Therefore, AG Fitch should simply concede error in her response to Russell's rehearing motion.

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