"We are demanding unconditional pardon when some one has paid there debt to society".
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Where as Restoration Justice Gone
On December 19th 2015 Michael Groce was found guilty of Threaten Words, and given 1 days imprisonment and £600 fine, through out this whole process he hadn't said a single word, wrote statement or given evidence in the witness box, the only exception was when he was pushed to and he pleaded “Not Guilty”
He was arrested, at his place of work, walked to the police station escorted by 2 officers and kept in custody for 9 hours, and he didn’t come out of his cell or enter an interview room, or given another opportunity of writing a statement again, then he made 3 appearances in court, and on one occasion he was threaten of being sent to the cells for being in contempt, for claiming his innocence’ so he went to the cells under my own accord
From day one everybody that came into contact with him threw his previous convictions in front of him, suggesting that he plead guilty, and that he could not attack any witnesses even though they might be lying, of which he refuted this, and instructed his defense team to disclose his previous first so that they can defend him against these malicious allegations, they refuse so he sacked the solicitor that courts forced on him and he represented himself, the chance of disclosure never came about again so therefore he was doomed
Through out the proceedings, Michael was called uncooperative, unwilling, lacking remorseful because he refuse to recognise the witnesses claim and even though they kept stating that he had threaten a ‘work colleague’ the courts refuse to accept that this person was not a work colleague (Always referring to my criminal record)
From the outset, he knew that this person had planned to go to the Police and make a false statement, but Michael also knew that the witness was a liar and would be willing to not only perjure himself but would make malicious accusations for his own gain, as he had done with other various people
To prove Michael's claim that the witness was of such a bad character, it was important that witness appears in court and have his malicious statement read out in court, which in essence would be perjury and that way Michael could then put an end to this matter and person
At the same time it would give Michael the opportunity of looking at the system, especially Restorative Justice and seeing if any thing has changed, from past experience Michael had suffered before, the one thing that really struck Michael, was the scare tactics used by the:
1. Police - In trying to make Michael take a caution from the outset,
2. The courts - For there blatant use of 'Profiling' of defendants with there previous convictions, when going about there duties gathering 'Convictions'
3. Solicitors - Who exploit the previous conviction and give inadequate advise to the clients, and showing that they can not be ‘Trusted” with my freedom.
There is need to bring to the end the victimisation and exploitation of previous convictions within the court system, it is dangerous, unjust, and it's an action surely based on the 3 P's 'Profits, Position and Profiling" Question to ask "Where does restorative justice fit in in all this" ?
The government says,
1.Restorative justice brings together people harmed by crime or conflict with those responsible for the harm, to find a positive way forward.
2. Restorative justice gives victims the chance to tell offenders the real impact of their crime, get answers to their questions and get an apology.
3. Restorative justice holds offenders to account for what they have done. It helps them understand the real impact, take responsibility, and make amends.
Though Michael confesses that he has an extensive criminal record he also feels aggrieved that 15 years of restorative justice that he have been on has gone to waste, Michael states, "I am now unable to tell my clients, (Ex-offenders) that you can restore yourself back in to the community if you do the right thihgs, when in fact that might not be true".
it seems America for once has the answer, in a recent article Robert Downey junior had his conviction pardoned, the article stated
US actor Robert Downey Jr has been granted an official pardon for a drug conviction that sent him to prison nearly 20 years ago.
California Governor Jerry Brown announced pardons for 91 people who had been out of custody for 10 years and turned their lives around.
The conviction itself will remain on Downey Jr's record.
In 1996, police found cocaine, heroin and a pistol in the actor's car when they stopped him for speeding.
A proclamation from Mr Brown's office says Downey Jr has "lived an honest and upright life, exhibited good moral character, and conducted himself as a law-abiding citizen".
It went on to say he "has paid his debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon".
Mr Brown has issued hundreds of pardons in each of his four terms in office, usually doing it around Christian holidays.
Most people pardoned along with Downey Jr had been found guilty of non-violent drug and property crimes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-35177339
So our change is this, if after conviction anyone that can prove that they live:
1. An honest and upright life
2. Exhibited good moral character
3. Conducted themselves as a law-abiding citizen
it would be accepted one has paid there debt to society and earned a full and unconditional pardon".
We ask for this so that any miscarriages of justice can no longer happen and we ask the government "what are they going to do about this"
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