Petition to President Barack Obama
Clemency for Terry Anderson, serving 30 years for nonviolent drug offense.
Terry Anderson is a 53-year-old woman, who has served 20 years of a 30 year sentence in a nonviolent drug and money laundering case. She is a mother of identical twin daughters, a daughter, a sister, and a friend to many who deserves a second chance. Here’s Terry’s story in her own words: “I have been separted from my 2 twin girls since they were 12 years old. My parents have lovingly raised them, but it's been so hard on them. I see them only once every couple of months. They are now 32. They have had a hard time understanding why people who commit murder get less time than I got. It is hard to put into words how bad this has affected them. My parents have been hurt terribly too. I am their youngest child and we were always so close. I understand that I needed to be punished and that I was wrong. I just pray that I am considered worthy of mercy because I truly do understand that my behavior led to my own demise and I will never disappoint my family again by compromising myself or them when it comes to the collateral damage that accompanies drug use and/or dealing.” Terry was really a middle person. Her involvement was far less than others in her case. But based on her husband’s testimony and her refusal to “cooperate,” she got a “kingpin” status even though she was never caught with drugs or money. The five men in her case have been in and out of prison, were caught with LOTS of money, drugs, assets, even guns, and are all out of prison today. Terry started her 30 year sentence in 1996 with a determination to make positive changes.She began to believe for the first time in many years that she was a woman of worth and was not defined by her past which consisted of drug addiction and physical abuse. She graduated from the Change Program which helps incarcerated women rebuild their lives and became a mentor to many young women as they came into the system. Between 1997 and 2011 she completed several computer courses, a computer apprenticeship and logged 2000 hours computer clerical time. Once released, she’s prepared to work. Terry's parents are getting older and she hopes for an opportunity to spend time with, and take care of them, before it's too late and to make up for any suffering her choices have caused the family. Read more about Terry's case - she is #7 on the CAN-DO Top 25. Please sign this petition and ask President Obama to help bring Terry Anderson home.
Petition to Rick Snyder, Scott R. Rothermel, Michael Eagen
JUSTICE & CLEMENCY FOR NANCY SEAMAN - INCARCERATED FOR DEFENDING HER LIFE!
NANCY SEAMAN ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE. SHE HAD NO OTHER CHOICE AT THE TIME. HER VERDICT WAS OVERTURNED BY THE STATE COURT IN 2005 AND BY THE FEDERAL COURT IN 2010. SHE HAS THE SUPPORT OF THREE JUDGES! WE URGE YOU TO SET HER FREE. WE are petitioning Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan to grant clemency for NANCY SEAMAN. She has been in prison since 2005 and is 65-years-old. Nancy killed her abusive husband in self-defense when he attacked her because she was leaving him. Her trial judge, Honorable Jack McDonald, overturned her conviction in 2005 because the jury had insufficient evidence. Federal Honorable Judge Bernard Friedman also overturned the verdict in 2010. You can read their letters to Governor Snyder on the Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc. website at www.jtsadvocates.com. These judges support her clemency. And we do too! Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan law on Battered Women's Syndrome. Watch the video of Former Circuit Judge Jack McDonald advocate for Nancy's release!
Petition to Bruce Rauner, Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Clemency for 14 year old sentenced in 2007 to 25 years, serving a mandatory time of 100%.
What were you doing at the age of 14? Now imagine facing a 25 year prison sentence at this age? Do you feel a split second decision should determine your whole life that was made at 14? And are you the same person now that you were then? This was the case for one young man 10 years ago, a child being punished as an adult. In 2007 Brian Harrington Jr. was 14 years old when he found himself in an unfortunate and accidental situation with the law. An older relative of Brian had set up a gun sale with another young man in the neighborhood where Brian resided. On this day a split second decision changed the lives of those involved forever, ultimately the unfortunate loss of a life and the imprisonment of Brian. In the process of the sale, the gun was handed to Brian by another relative, and without the knowledge that the gun was loaded, Brian reached in to display the gun. In this moment the buyer attempted to drive away, the reaction instinctively of Brian was to move away pulling the gun back, accidentally discharging the gun. This was the moment that changed everything. Later Brian would be in custody along with the others involved. He was facing manslaughter charges due to it being an accident. Brian was interrogated without representation and a legal guardian. He was told he was lying, this was not an accident, and the goal was to rob the young man. When Brian's relatives were questioned they also stated an accidental situation took place, they were given the option to claim the situation as a robbery attempt to enhance their chances to go home. They complied, in doing so Brian's charges were changed to felony first degree murder. Brian was automatically transferred to adult court and tried as an adult. At 14 years old Brian was sentenced under the same previsions and guidelines as an adult would if found in the same situation. Facing a 25 to a life sentence, Brian took a plea of 25 years and was placed under Illinois's Truth in Sentencing law. This TIS is a mandatory percent of time to be served, in his case 100%, no possibility of parole. Now 10 years in to his sentence, Brian still thinks of the young man and his family. He wishes the best for them, and would hope for them to know he never intentionally meant to hurt anyone. Brian has seen 7 different facilities, and has made the decision to make the best out of his situation and self educate. He has achieved his G.E.D, he recently graduated with honors with an Associate Degree, studies law, active in the basketball team and coaches the baseball team, is an extremely talented portrait artist and writer, and works within the facility. Our goal is to have his sentence revisited and clemency granted by the governor of Illinois, in hopes of bringing Brian home sooner. If Brian receives no relief he will return to the world as a 40 year old man after completing his entire sentence for something that was ultimately an accident, 14-40? By bring exposure to his situation, and with your support we hope to reach our goal. Thank you for your support. Instagram @kingmoosaproject
Petition to Mary Fallin (Governor)
Help bring my father home
When I was nine years old my father was arrested and was given not one, but three life sentences without the possibility of parole. My father was a drug dealer, not a murderer, not a rapist...but a drug dealer. My father has now served 11 years of that life sentence. I feel that since I am his oldest child it is my duty to help bring him home for me and my family's sake. I have three brothers by my father and we all yearn to have our daddy back. If my father is not able to come home than he will no longer be able to see his other children because they are minors and in the state of Oklahoma it is now required that if a child is a minor one of his parents has to be at the visitiation. My father has missed out on my childhood but he still has time to be there for my siblings and to me that’s all that matters. I do not think that it is fair nor safe to see sex offenders and murders walk around enjoying their freedom when they have physically, mentally, and emotionally harmed people yet my father, who is a non-violent offender, has harmed no one and is expected to die in prison all because he wanted to provide the best way he knew how to. Murderers and rapist get way less time than what my father has been given and it makes no since to me. If my father is granted his freedom than our broken family will be together as one, like it was supposed to be 11 years ago. My siblings will know what it is like to have our daddy home and he will be able to start over in life. My father has had a change of heart and wants to mentor to young adults who feel that selling drugs is the way to provide for your family. He wants people to know that money was not worth losing 11 years of his freedom from his family especially his seeds. The only way my father won't die behind prison bars is if Governor Mary Fallin has forgiveness in her heart and grants him clemency. Every signature matters to us.
Petition to Barack Obama
Immediately pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower
My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado. This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction. Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such Jeffrey is a whistleblower. Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband. President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon. Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you. Supportive Organizations: Reporters without Borders RootsAction ExposeFacts Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation Center for Media and Democracy Freedom of the Press Foundation The Nation Restore the Fourth
Petition to Jason Chambers
Allow DNA testing that could prove innocence
Jamie Snow was wrongfully convicted in 2000 of a 1991 “cold case” murder and armed robbery of a gas station attendant in Bloomington, Illinois. Since his conviction, witnesses have recanted their testimony, his original lawyer went to jail for fraud, the first cop on the scene has discredited the “star witness” testimony, and an investigating detective has said Jamie’s Snow’s indictment was a mistake. While an innocent man remains in prison, there is DNA evidence from the case that has gone untested. For nearly 8 years, the McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office has fought DNA testing in this case. The University of Chicago’s Exoneration Project has agreed to pay for all the DNA testing at no cost to McLean County taxpayers, but the State Attorney still refuses. Allow the Exoneration Project to pay for it, save the tax payer dollars, and let’s put an end to the cloud of doubt surrounding this case. If this crime had occurred today, there is no doubt the state would test every single piece of physical evidence collected from the crime scene. To date, there have been 337 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States – and Illinois has one of the highest DNA exoneration rates in the nation. Yet McLean County continues to show a pattern of opposing DNA testing. Many of these are cases were prosecuted under the same State Attorneys Office as Jamie Snow’s case and resulted in questionable convictions. At the time of the crime, fingerprints, blood evidence, and bullets were collected at the scene. To this day, these items have never been tested for DNA. We are asking Jason Chambers to allow testing for the following items: Fingerprints: Fingerprints were collected from the crime scene, none matched Jamie Snow. Today, the fingerprints can not only be run through the FBI fingerprint database, they can be tested for DNA. Bullets: Two bullets were retrieved from the victim. They should be tested not only for DNA, but can also be run through the FBI ballistics database in an effort to determine if they were linked to another crime. Clothing: There was a clear sign of struggle. We are asking that touch DNA testing be performed on the victim’s clothing to determine who struggled with him. Blood: In line with the signs of a struggle, there was blood evidence found underneath the counter that was identified as human blood. We would like to know the source of that “human blood.” Additional Discovery: We are also asking for additional discovery so that an expert can give further insight to the crime scene and the meaning of the physical evidence. Snow’s conviction was solely on the testimony of witnesses who have since been discredited, and jailhouse informants – who we now know were either under extreme pressure by police, or were seeking deals to testify. Snow’s original trial attorney would later go to prison for bilking an elderly woman of her life savings. Appellate Court Judge Knecht even admitted during oral arguments that Snow’s trial attorney was impaired: “this guy is a, is a alcoholic who has basically lost his life, lost his practice, and was mentally impaired. Not only is he an alcoholic, he has mental illness issues, and that these go back to dates preceding the trial.” We are asking you to please support Jamie Snow’s petition to test the DNA, and to join us in asking Mr. Chambers to discontinue using McLean County tax dollars to fight DNA testing. McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers has an opportunity to grant DNA testing. Please join us in asking Mr. Chambers to do the right thing. Thank you for signing. Please JOIN THE FIGHT TO FREE JAMIE SNOW! CFJS Website: http://www.FreeJamieSnow.comCFJS Facebook Site: http://www.facebook.com/freejamiesnowCFJS Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/freejamiesnowCFJS YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/freejamiesnow/playlists
Petition to Jerry Brown, President of the United States Donald Trump
Please help Anthony get a release date & a reduced sentence
JUSTICE FOR ANTHONY!! My name is Alyssia Lujan I am 27 years old. I am starting this petition on behalf of my fiancé Anthony Medina, 29 of Sacramento, who is currently serving a LWOP sentence plus 2 more life sentences with the possibility of parole!! He qualifies for the new aiding & abetting law along with him being only 19 when the crimes took place. He should qualify for the juvenile parole hearing but when you look up his name on inmate locator it says LWOP not eligible. I am hoping it is because we are at the federal level still fighting to appeal these cruel & unusual punishment sentences?? He just turned in his habeas corpus early September of this year so I'm praying that's why it says he doesn't qualify? He didn't receive a fair trial at all! He was the only Hispanic out of him & his 2 co-defendants with tattoos who "looks like he is mean or is mad" but he is actually the opposite! He is loving & caring, always joking, making people laugh! I myself always look mad when I don't smile & so I am always getting judged that I'm something I'm not & that is exactly what the jury did before he even had a chance to defend himself! This is a rare case that happened in 2008 & was on the local Sacramento news. He was wrongfully convicted off of he said she said statements! Mind you the witnesses weren't even credible because they were higher than a kite off meth the night of the crime! The victim's girlfriend couldn't even identify Anthony in more than one line up! Each time she chose someone different & neither time did she identify him!! So how is that credible? Being on drugs clouds your judgment & you hallucinate!! There was no evidence! No gun, no shell casings! Nothing that indicated Anthony had part in the killing of Jason Fletcher! He DID NOT aid & abed anything like the D.A proclaimed! He was simply at the wrong place, at the wrong time. He waited 3 1/2 years in the Sac county jail before trial started in 2011. The jury found him guilty on all charges except he was found not guilty of having a firearm! He isn't a gang member & I am hoping & praying you take the time to dig a little deeper & relook at his case. Actually I am begging you from the bottom of my heart! He is a good man! He's made mistakes like all of us have but he deserves this chance more than anyone I know! He will tell you he caught this case as a boy & transferred to prison as a man! He is rehabilitating himself without even realizing it! Anthony currently has a job in prison, he mentors 3 juvenile boys who are locked up in L.A & he tells them they don't want to end up like him & they can do better! & the best part is they are listening!! They said he is an inspiration to them! He knows how to draw really well & his drawings have always been personal to him but he decided on his own he wanted to donate them to St.Jude children's hospital for the kids battling cancer! He said so they can feel better & eat their food. He stopped getting into fights going to the hole or getting write-ups! All he does is go to work, work out, play basketball which is his favorite & read books. & anyone in that prison or who knows him will tell you Anthony is a good guy! When someone tries to provoke him, he walks away! He is fighting for his life & he knows nobody is worth him getting in trouble for! He is very intelligent in any subject & good at all sports! If he didn't grow up in the environment he did, he could of been anything he wanted to be in life! His favorite subjects are math & history. He's so smart that when he was studying to re-take his GED test (because juvenile hall lost his records of completing it) he was ahead of the class & his instructor in KVSP was amazed & said he's ready for the test but would have to wait until everyone else caught up to him! He wants a college degree in business & has goals. He's always going out of his way for others with the upmost loyalty & respect & that's what ended up being his downfall in catching this case was because he trusted the wrong people! If you ask him now he will tell you if he would of known his friend was going to kill anyone he wouldn't of went! Because of his ex best friend's stupidity they are no longer friends & Anthony is being punished for something he didn't do! We all deserve to pay for our mistakes but these 3 life sentences is just cruel! As far as the other case goes, he feared for his life when a car was trying to rear end him off the road! He will tell you he was literally scared for his life! We all know South Sacramento is a war zone! He will tell you he pointed the gun down because he didn't want to kill nobody in the car that was trying to kill him. He didn't know what else to do! He swerved out the way & they kept on pursuing him saying "get that nigga right there!", while the victim reached under his seat real fast! & you can ask anyone who grew up in South Sacramento that means they want to kill you & are reaching for a gun under the seat because that is where they put them for easy access & to hide from the cops. The D.A sarcastically joked in court that how did we know the victim wasn't reaching for a soda! Really!?? A soda?? Under the seat?? I didn't find that humorous at all! Can a car not kill someone? Therefore it should be viewed as a deadly weapon just like the gun was! Which means the victims aren't as innocent as the D.A proclaimed them to be! They were trying to kill Anthony with their car! & when that dnt work, they were going to pull out a gun! Anthony was just protecting himself in self-defense as anyone who is being threatened would! But he didn't kill anyone! The bullets just grazed the victim's knees because he pointed the gun down! Sure not all inmates deserve a second chance but Anthony does! I can't speak for every inmate but I can speak up for mine! He's made a whole 360 change! His sentence is way too severe for these crimes & the part he had to take in them! He deserves clemency!! The system has failed him tremendously!! Based off judging him off of his race, the way he looks, & his juvenile past!! Im hoping & praying this touches your heart in some way, shape or form. I pray you read this with an open, compassionate heart & mind. I thank you so much for your time! Sign the petition & pass it along! Sincerely, Alyssia Lujan
Petition to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Parole Board
Executive Clemency for Heath Stocks
Suppression of evidence and cover-up of the truth are just two of the elements surrounding the case of Heath Stocks and the murder of the Stocks family. Heath Stocks was a victim of heinous sexual abuse at the hands of his Scoutmaster, Jack Walls, III; a highly respectable, well-known and successful member of the community of Lonoke, Arkansas. This once named “Man of the Year” had in excess of 100 juveniles under his direction, not only as a pillar of the community but as a Boy Scout leader, that were manipulated and sexually molested – Heath Stocks being his “finest creation.” Almost 20 years ago, on January 17, 1997, Heath Stocks shot and killed his father, Joe Stocks, a fact undisputed. His mother, Barbara, and sister, Heather, were also gunned down that night, but not at the hands of their brother and son. As has recently been revealed, Jack Walls was present at the scene, ensuring the murders were carried out – a fact Walls has neither confirmed nor denied. What is fact is that Walls, with no authority as investigator, officer, or any other qualified or authorized crime scene personnel, was granted the ability to “secure the scene” as a favor to the Stocks family. In addition to Walls, his nephew, Wade Knox, was also present at the scene on that January night. Unlike Walls, Knox participated. Newly obtained statements confirm what many knew, yet suppressed, while others simply speculated and assumed. The fact that Walls and Knox were both present, participating in and instructing the murders, calls for a close re-examination of Heath’s case. Just days prior to the murders, Walls and Stocks had been observed in bed together at the Stocks’ family home by his mother, Barbara. Walls’ secret was about to be finally revealed and, unlike in 1993 when a 16-year-old boy accused Walls of sexual advances at a Scout camp-out and found not guilty, Walls ensured silence. Heath Stocks, due to political influences, small town politics, ineffective counsel, just to name a few reasons, did not go to trial, but was instructed by many (including Walls, himself, and even his own family) to plead out and accept a sentence of life, without the possibility of parole, for each death. It is the adamant belief and opinion of Heath’s many supporters that his case, with all evidence that has been uncovered since his sentencing, should be brought before a jury of his peers, allowing the mitigating circumstances never before revealed, to be given its day in court. A life was stolen, a family was destroyed and a community has been left asking how such a travesty of justice could have taken place right before its eyes. I implore you to take a moment and familiarize yourself with this matter. It is with great confidence that you, too, will join the list of supporters by signing his petition, and, hopefully, becoming a voice in the justice for Heath Stocks.