Free Malo Gomez
Free Malo Gomez
We the people are asking Governor Tim Walz to pardon Malo Gomez
We see many issues with the states conducting of Malo's case.
When the police interrogated Malo, they didn't make his rights clear to him, he had no understanding that a lawyer should've been present for him and he was never able to call his mother. Most kids aren't aware of their rights, it is a simple fact that Malo was just a kid when this all happened.
The attorney that was appointed to Malo, Julius Nolen had just recently gotten off probation when he was appointed to Malo. He was on probation for a criminal conviction for possession of cocaine which violates Minn.R. Prof. Conduct 8.4 (B) In which he should have been disbarred for such a violation. During Malo's trial, he failed to call any witnesses on Malo's behalf which indeed hurt Malo's case.
Malo was convicted of 2 counts statue 609.185(a)(4) Murder in the 1st degree (In attempt) and 2 counts of 609.221.2 (a) Use of deadly force against a peace officer or correctional employee which resulted in a sentence of 26 years. The issue with these charges is that you have to prove that it was premeditated, intent and there has to be great bodily harm as well. If you read Malo's court transcripts instead of news headlines none of those descriptions match any testimony given. Malo didn't hurt anyone and never had the intention of hurting anyone, Which he had stated in one of his interrogations. He should have never been given these charges.
Mike Freeman was a part of prosecuting this case in which he actively pushed for Malo to be sentenced to consecutive sentences instead of concurrent. The issue with Mike Freeman is he statistically gives African-American boys and men higher sentences than Caucasian boys and men. He also tends to give them longer sentences then what they should have. His department has always been full of corruption. Any case that comes from him should be rechecked and reconsidered.
Malo has served going on 10 years in prison for something that occurred when he was a kid. His constitutional rights were violated, he was given poor representation and nobody until now has advocated on his behalf. Malo has never made excuses for what happened. He was a kid that made mistakes and deserves a 2nd chance. He has rehabilitated himself and has become an amazing adult. Malo did graduate from Augsburg Fairview Academy before he was incarcerated. He was an honor roll student with a 4.0. He has started college since being incarcerated. He has dreams of pursuing communications, as well as wanting to work with young black youth to keep them off the streets.
Malo has a strong support system when he comes home from his mother Dajuan,his aunt Sonja as well as his siblings. He also has people advocating for him and people that will set him up with good employment among other things. We thank you for signing Malo's Petition. He deserves to come home.