Create Travis Alexander's Law: Stop Allowing Highly Prejudicial Claims Against Murder Victims Without Evidence
  • Petitioned Eric Holder

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Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder
Victims' Rights Ombudsman, Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Marie A. O'Rourke

Create Travis Alexander's Law: Stop Allowing Highly Prejudicial Claims Against Murder Victims Without Evidence

    1. Travis Alexander's Law
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      Travis Alexander's Law

      United States

Defamatory, prejudicial and malicious claims about a murder victim should not be permitted by a defendant if clearly unsubstantiated and not directly related to a defense; particularly if the defendant has been proven to have made false statements previously.

Claims of a highly prejudicial nature should only be allowed if:  a) substantiated by corroborating evidence and/or b) directly related to a defense; not as a means to tarnish the image of the victim in the eyes of the jury in an effort to sway their opinion.

In the case of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias, the defendant has made countless unsubstantiated claims, including a highly prejudicial and malicious claim that Alexander viewed child pornography on January 21, 2008, five (5) months prior to his murder. This should never have been allowed for the following reasons:

1.  The police searched Alexander's entire home, computer, cell phone and vehicle. No evidence of any such material was found. There were no other witnesses to any such behavior, or even suspected behavior, other than the accused. 

2.  The alleged incident supposedly occurred on January 21, 2008, nearly five (5) months before Arias killed Alexander. It was completely unrelated to Arias' self defense claim. She fabricated this event in order to tarnish the victim in the eyes of the jury.

3.  Arias has repeatedly lied to police, family, colleagues and friends regarding the murder of Travis Alexander. This has been proven and Arias has confessed to lying to "everyone". Given the circumstances, such a heinous claim against the victim should have only been allowed if supported by some form of corroborating evidence.

In addition, evidence of the accused's character is usually inadmissible because of the bias it could create, yet claims against a victim's character is allowed - even without a shred of evidence. The right to a fair trial should apply to the victim as well as the defendant. Biased and fabricated claims against a victim is not fair.

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    1. Reached 15,000 signatures
    2. ~WE NEED TRAVIS ALEXANDER'S LAW~

      Travis Alexander's Law
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      UNSUBSTANTIATED CLAIMS AGAINST A DECEASED VICTIM SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED IN A TRIAL IN ORDER TO BENEFIT A DEFENDANT WITHOUT EVIDENCE OF THE CLAIMS AND/OR WITNESSES OTHER THAN THE ACCUSED. CLAIMS AGAINST A VICTIM SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED IF SUBSTANTIATED AND DIRECTLY RELATED TO A DEFENSE, NOT AS A MEANS TO TAINT THE VICTIM IN THE EYES OF THE JURY.

      slander n. oral defamation, in which someone tells one or more persons an untruth about another which untruth will harm the reputation of the person defamed. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit (and should be for the victim's family as well). Some statements such as an untrue accusation of having committed a crime or heinous offense, having a loathsome disease, etc., are treated as slander since the harm and malice are obvious.

      WE NEED TRAVIS ALEXANDER'S LAW TO STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING TO FUTURE VICTIMS WHO CAN NO LONGER DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST SUCH CLAIMS.

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Mary Ann Andruscavage NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      I agree with this concept for victims.

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    • Sophia Whittle ISLE OF WIGHT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

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    • Rachel DellaPorte MONTGOMERY, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      The entire thing is absolutely disgusting. The way this man is being remembered, by most, is the murder of who was. Disgusting.

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    • elizabeth randolph CLEVELAND, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I watched this entire trial and I was outraged by the claims made by the defense without any evidence whatsoever. Therefore, in my opinion, The Travis Alexander Law is basically just the right thing to do for justice.

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    • Tina Bailey OMAHA, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      Because it is the right thing to do!

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