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Clemency

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Petition to Deborah Leff, President of the United States

President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana

My brother Weldon Angelos, who was on his way to becoming a successful musician--writing and producing songs with artists such as Snoop Dogg and other acclaimed musicians--has been in federal prison for over 12 years. He faces 43 more years. All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed--only possessed, didn't use--a gun at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years. The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law. He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The informant, who was a childhood acquaintance of Weldon, testified that a gun was present (never brandished or used) during two of the pot deals, which were friendly encounters in a store parking lot. When the police officers presented a warrant for Weldon's arrest, he consented to a search of his home, where officers found some marijuana and three guns, one in a locked brief case and the other two in a locked safe. The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges. But, to the judge's dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed a gun during a drug offense, which was mandatory under federal law, even though Weldon had never before been convicted of a crime. Judge Cassell called the sentence "cruel, unjust, and even irrational," and "one of those rare cases where the system has malfunctioned." Members of Congress have also publicly decried the injustice of Weldon's sentence, including Senators Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), and over 100 former federal prosecutors and judges joined together to challenge Weldon's outrageous sentence. Judge Cassell highlighted that Weldon's sentence is far longer than the sentences received for "child rape (11 years)," "second-degree murder (14 years)," and even "aircraft hijacking (24 years)." Had Weldon been prosecuted in state court, the judge noted, Weldon would have served about 2 years in prison. In 2004, Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon's unjust sentence. Since then, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and dozens of prominent celebrities, activists, book authors, legal scholars, business leaders (including Koch Industries), and former elected and appointed government officials have joined Judge Cassell in calling on President Obama to release Weldon from prison. But that hasn't happened yet. After 12 years, Weldon is still in prison. It breaks my heart. My father feared he would die without ever seeing Weldon free from prison. And on January 4, 2015, that's exactly what happen. Our father died without seeing his son free from behind bars. The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result. Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition.

Lisa Angelos
262,378 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards

FREE Corey Miller Justice has been served!!!

FREE Corey Miller Justice has been served!!! The justice system should be to protect the innocent and to imprison the guilty. The justice system has done Corey Miller wrong. Corey Miller was wrongly convicted due to his rap personality. The Louisiana supreme court have denied Corey Miller's appeals and a retrial. The Louisiana supreme court did the same thing to: Glenn Ford, he was wrongfully convicted in a Louisiana murder case. Glenn Ford left the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La., in 2014. His conviction in a murder case was vacated after he spent more than 29 years on death row. He died less than two months after he was released. From untreated lung cancer while in prison in Angola!!! Corey Miller should not have to endure the same torture Glenn Ford went through. There are visible flaws in the Louisiana justice system. The death penalty need to be abolished. Errors, negligence and deliberate misconduct by prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers are the most pervasive cause of wrongful convictions in Louisiana. Court appointed lawyers caused, at least in part, 77% of the convictions in Louisiana . Please free a man that has been wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. How can you convict a person of murder if there wasno evidence to convict Corey Miller. There was -NO GUN -NO D.N.A -NO EVIDENCE TO CONVICT But, this man is sitting in prison serving a life sentence while the real man who did this crime is out there running the streets free to commit other crimes. Please take a moment of your time and sign this petition and help Corey Miller be free. Corey need to come home to his family. So that he can enjoy his life with his family and be a father to his 3 daughters. Please overturn Corey Miller conviction he should not be locked up for a crime that he did not commit!!! What would you do if it was your family member was wrongfully convicted of a crime? Corey Miller need to be exonerated and released from prison and compensated for the wrongful conviction. He should not have to rot in prison like so many other men in Angola and like Glenn Ford. Corey Miller deserve to be heard and he should be released from prison!!!

Kimberly Fuqua
2,247 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Keri Nelson, Kate Brown

End the Probation of Nathan Copeland

My name is Nathan Copeland and I have been dealing with the legal bureaucracy of Lane County for Nine years. I was charged over nine years ago with a Delivery of Marijuana Charge and took all the proper steps to take after the deal was signed. Due to a miscommunication between myself and Lane County, or a misunderstanding as it may be, A warrant was issued for my arrest over this charge and I was arrested on the warrant randomly in Seattle and extradited back to Oregon where  I served 8 months in prison while Marijuana was legal in the state of Oregon and have completed over a year of probation . I am an active volunteer in the Lane County area who volunteered tirelessly for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign during the 2016 Primaries, volunteer weekly at West Coast Cat and Dog Rescue, as well as being an active member of the Democratic Party of Lane County, as well as Our Revolution Lane County. I am also an Egan Warming Center regular Volunteer. I have given back to my community and continue to do so.Currently I am actively involved in a reelection Campaign for Matt Keating for Lane County Community College Board of Education.I will continue to contribute positively to the Lane County Community for many years to come and to fight the Trump Administration at every turn. It is highly overdue to end this injustice. What I did is currently legal and I have paid my fines, my probation fees for a year, completed community service and have two jobs. I also am tirelessly working towards my artistic goals and have paid off my classes at LCC and will be finishing my degree beginning this spring; as well as restarting my photography and design business this spring, just got all the software and equipment i need to do so. I also have worked hard at my job at Venture Data for over a year and consistently am one of the top performers. This noose around my neck needs to be unlynched and me to be set free. Please show your support by signing my petition, which I will present to my Probation officer Keri Nelson on March 27th 2017. Thank you for your support. If this does not work we are back to the Governor for Clemency.  Regards, Nathan Lee Copeland

Nathan Copeland
80 supporters