Petition to President of the United States
President Trump: Please Grant Clemency
to my mom Patricia Cooney
My mom Patricia Cooney is a first time nonviolent drug offender originally sentenced to 100 years. She has served over 18 years and after sentence reductions still has 14 years left to serve. At 65-years-old my mom is gravely ill. Due to years in prison without competent medical care and treatment, her health has continued to decline. She has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, chronic anemia, hyperthyroidism. This year she was diagnosed with Lupus, a chronic and deadly disease, and doctors found two spots on her brain. She lives in constant pain. When I visit her she tells me about her sleepless nights, numb hands that swell and change colors, drastic temperature changes, irregular balance, tooth loss, and dramatic weight loss. These noticeable physical changes terrify us both. Clearly, my mom poses no threat to society. She has served more than enough time for a drug offense. But the only way she can leave prison before 2032 is if President Trump commutes her sentence. My mother received two sentences which are unfairly running consecutively. If they were running concurrently and with her being a model inmate she would have been released well over a year ago! And unfortunately, without explanation, she did not receive a sentence commutation by President Obama despite meeting all of the criteria. There’s no doubt that my mom made mistakes by getting involved with cocaine. But that was nearly 20 years ago. During her time in prison she has completed more than 57 education and development courses. She creates beautiful crafts using crocheting, needlepoint, and knitting. And she has always helped prison newcomers adjust and makes sure they have their necessities. If granted clemency by President Trump, my mother already has a concrete plan. After obtaining proper medical treatment for herself for several diagnosed conditions, she hopes to create a program to help children of incarcerated parents. She know her own experience puts her in a good position to understand and empathize with these children and what they are going through. Please sign my petition asking President Trump to grant my sick mother clemency.
Petition to president Trump
President Trump: Clemency for Federal Marijuana Prisoners
We believe President Trump’s next act of mercy should come swiftly for everyone serving federal time for marijuana drug cases. Not one person in the history of our nation has ever overdosed on marijuana. It’s impossible. And yet, we have people serving life without parole for a plant that is now legal for medicinal use in 30 states and legal for recreational use in 10 states, plus Washington DC. Technically, every Representative that holds a seat in our Nation’s Capital and the President of the United States can enjoy recreational use of pot if they so choose, while others rot in prison for federal conspiracy cases - including people who thought they were compliant with the laws of their state for medical marijuana.The CAN-DO Foundation has submitted a list of clemency candidates to the White House. One list was comprised solely of 22 people serving time for marijuana-only offenses. Most of these individuals have already served over 10 years and Antonio Bascaro has served 38 years for a first time pot offense! This is an outrage that must be corrected, posthaste. People should not serve time for pot while others are simultaneously profiting from the same activity without fear of any legal consequences. This injustice can be corrected through categorical clemency or amnesty for all pot offenders. During the course of my advocacy at the CAN-DO Foundation I have gotten into numerous arguments with people who do not believe there are people serving time for pot, much less life without parole. Therefore, I am including the names of the prisoners we submitted to the White House along with a link to their profile pages where there is usually a change.org petition you can also sign and share. Or you can go to the CAN-DO Pot Prisoner page and review most of the cases below. Michael Pelletier has served 12 years on LIFE without parole. He was a paraplegic at age 11 and his state of Maine legalized pot in 2016John Knock is a first offender and served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 70 Antonio Bascaro is a first offender served 38 yrs on 70 yr sentence - age 83 Longest serving pot prisoner in history of USCrystal Munoz has served 11 years on 19 years 10 months - age 38 with 2 young girls ages 10 and 11- Crystal delivered second daughter shackled to bedDiana Marquez is a first offender serving her 11th year on 30 year sentence for marijuana - age 62 Patricia Albright has served 3 years on 5 year sentence - age 66, prosecuted during the Obama administration for making cannabis oil Ricardo Rojas has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 75 and in a wheelchair. Pedro Moreno is a first offender who has served 21 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 - 4 of his brothers in the same conspiracy received clemency from President ObamaHector McGurk has served 15 years on LIFE without paroleCraig Cesal is a first offender and served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 58 Way Long is a first offender who has served 21 years of a 50 year sentence - age 57 - Native American Ismael Lira is a first offender served 15 years on LIFE without parole - age 40 Aaron Sandusky is a first offender serving his 6th year on 10 years for medical marijuana in the state of CaliforniaAndy Cox is serving his 10th year on LIFE without parole and has the longest sentence in the nation for merely growing potFerrell Scott has served 10 years on LIFE without parole - age 55 Luke Scarmazzo has served 10 years on 21.8 years for medical marijuana Corvain Cooper has served 4 years on LIFE without paroleMichael Knight has served 10 years on 17 years 6 monthsJimmy Romans has served 8 years on a 30 year sentenceDonald Fugitt is a first offender serving his 5th year on a 17 year sentenceMichael Chancellor is a first offender serving his 5th year of a 15 year 8 month sentenceLance Gloor is a first offender who has served over 2 years on a 10 year sentence for medical marijuana in the state of Washington Together we #CANDO this!
Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse. This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has tutored, led classes, and generally helped fellow inmates. Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, President of the United States
Release Corvain Cooper from Life Imprisonment Without Parole for Marijuana
On June 18, 2014, Corvain T. Cooper was convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte for the crime of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. This was a non-violent crime. Corvain Cooper did not use any violence, or even threaten any violence, in this case. Despite former Attorney General Eric Holder's promise not to seek life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, the United States Attorney sought and obtained a life sentence under the Federal "Three Strikes" law. Corvain Cooper's two prior felonies that were the first two strikes were a conviction in California for possession of marijuana, and one conviction for possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription. When he was sent to prison for the rest of his life for selling marijuana, Corvain Cooper was 34 years old, a father to two young daughters, ages 4 and 8, a fiancee, a son, a friend, and a small business owner selling clothing and footwear. Corvain appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing that his sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a non-violent drug offense as Cruel and Unusual Punishment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld this injustice, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. After his direct appeals concluded, the State of California enacted Proposition 47 and Proposition 64 as part of legislative drug law reforms after California legalized marijuana. Both laws permitted people like Corvain Cooper to apply to the courts to vacate their marijuana or drug felony convictions, and replace them with misdemeanor convictions. Corvain Cooper successfully applied, and both of his felony convictions were thrown out. Both of the "two strikes" were vacated, meaning that Corvain Cooper was no longer eligible for the "Three Strikes" law. We filed a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255 in the Federal court, challenging his life sentence under the "Three Strikes" law - since two of the three strikes were no longer felonies, he should not receive a life sentence. The Federal courts have denied our challenge. The case is once again before the United States Supreme Court. If the Court allows this sentence to stand, this man will never see his family again. In 2016, we submitted an application for clemency with President Barack Obama, asking him to commute this grossly unjust sentence of life imprisonment for a non-violent drug offense. Unfortunately, before he left office, President Obama denied our clemency petition. I have been representing Corvain Cooper since his sentencing in 2014. Because his family has been unable to afford legal fees, I have been representing him for free - pro bono. I have pledged to continue to fight for this young man, who is a genuinely good person who does not deserve this Draconian punishment. Join us in asking President Donald J. Trump to stop the madness of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and commute Corvain Cooper's sentence so his daughters can grow up with a father. For more information, contact: Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq. Halscott Megaro, P.A. 1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195 Orlando, FL 32807 USA Phone: (407) 255-2164 email@example.com http://www.halscottmegaro.com
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Larry Kupers, President Donald Trump
Plea to Grant Clemency to Angela Jones serving a long sentence 09250-030
We do not heal in isolation, but in community, Please sign this petition and ask President Trump to grant Clemency to a loving mom,grandmother,sister,Aunt, cousin ,Partner and friend. Angie, my best friend is a 47 year old serving a long prison sentence for a non violent Meth drug offence in FCI Waseca Minneasota. She has served 11 years and has turned her life around. She is dearly loved by many and missed since incarceration in 2007, serving a long sentence for conspiracy to drug trafficking with an out date of 2034.A tragic casualty of our mass incarceration complex.She has missed the important years of her 2 children growing up and the births of her 5 grandchildren.Angie has been a resilient survivor of childhood traumas and has accepted responsibility for her actions and poor judgement.She has been an ideal prisoner.Has never been disciplined while incarcerated. She has remained drug free and is learning new things everyday working on computers learning Excel. She has strong relationships with family and friends and we all will open our hearts and arms to her upon release.It serves no purpose or benefit to society to have her locked up for so long.Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up,changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we're meant to be.She is meant to be free.Signing this petition is a small act, but when multiplied by millions of people,can transform the world for deserving inmates, like Angie.In Angie's words: "I will no longer doubt how far I can go,I remember how far I have come.Everything that I have faced,all the battles I have won and all the fears I have overcome.My goal in life is to make a difference by using the words and knowledge in my head and the compassion in my heart." Help free Angie!
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, President Donald Trump, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner
Clemency for Charles "Duke" Tanner
I was arrested in 2004 for the first time in my life. I had a promising 19-0 boxing career, a two-year-old son and a family. But I used very poor judgment and broke the law by getting involved with drugs. I was convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and given two life sentences. I realize now that taking the short cut was bogus and detrimental. I have been accountable and taken responsibility for my actions that sent me to prison. I have been incarcerated now for almost 15 years, and have 12 years of incarceration remaining. I have paid a hefty price. Eleven years of my life have been spent in a Maximum Security Prison and during that time I have lost my mother, my father, and my oldest brother. All these years, I have not had any disciplinary problems and even the mayor of my hometown, a former Indiana Attorney General, wrote a letter to President Trump asking him to commute my sentence. In 2016, my life sentence was shortened to 30 years thanks to sentencing reform. For the first time in 12 years, I woke up with a release date, and knew I was on the right track. My good behavior allowed me to transfer to a Low Security prison and I made it a goal to take every program available to me, completing over 1160 hours to date. I have completed the 'Life Connections' program, an intensive faith-based course that requires rigorous personal and moral accountability and I am working on initiatives to develop new options for inmates to learn skills that foster hope and help with re-entry. My plans are to live in Indiana to be close to my son and my significant other. I have numerous employment opportunities pending my release. I am extremely passionate about mentoring youth as I have consistently and effectively done with inmates during my incarceration. My goal is to pick up where my life was cut short and make a substantial positive contribution to society, including training young boxers while I'm still young enough to lace up my gloves. God had a plan for me. I had to go through this ordeal to be the man I am today. I am now a new improved version of myself and I yearn to return to society a productive, morally, ethically, and spiritually intact man. I humbly pray President Trump will agree that I deserve a second chance in the form of Executive Clemency. I will make him very proud if he chooses to favor me with his mercy. Please sign my petition asking President Trump to give me a second chance.Read more about Duke, articles about his boxing career and clemency.
Petition to Lashae Focusednready, LaToya Gray
Together in solidarity asking to grant Clemency for Michael Gardner wrongfully convicted
My brother is currently incarcerated, serving a 53-year sentence for robbery. He has been imprisoned for the past 21 years, forcing him to spend the remainder of his adolescent years and much of his adulthood in captivity. In January of 1998, Michael was brought into the Norfolk County Police Department by two detectives. While at the station, Michael was subject to beatings, repeatedly tortured, and coerced into admitting his involvement in a string of robberies that he was not involved in. Michael cooperated with the detectives. He read and recited statements that had been presented to him by the detectives. Michael was told that he should make the statements sound as natural as possible in order to be given leniency.Because of this, Michael is requesting commutation. While being incarcerated, Michael has made many positive adjustments. He is the co-founder of Believe in Change, which is a foundation, and the co-author of a curriculum entitled Giving Girls a Voice. Also, Michael has been enrolled into several courses that would provide him with numerous certification, thus giving him many avenues of gaining employment upon his release. Currently, Michael is employed as a barber, which he enjoys. Once he is released, he plans to open his own business, where he will work as a barber, mentor troubled youth, and become more involved in his foundation.I pray that you can find it in your heart to forgive my brother and give him a second chance at life. Michael is capable of making positive contributions to society. Please sign this petition to help give Michael his second chance.
Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Pardon or clemency for Thomas Preciado
We would like to present this petition before Jerry Brown Governor of California, so that a clemency, or pardon can be issued for Thomas Preciado. Tried as an adult just two months after turning 14, he is now 33 years old and has served over 19 years in a California state prison. Thomas has assumed full responsibility for his actions and is no longer the same person. In an effort to better himself he has become a model inmate. Thomas is now serving his sentence at the California training facility in Soledad. Throughout his incarceration he has completed several vocational training programs, college courses, and attained over 70 Chronos (self-help group credits) while serving his sentence. Thomas respectfully ask the people of California to sign this petition granting him a second opportunity at life. https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article218624055.html Victory for SB1391!! Thank you for your love and support.