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Clemency

196 petitions

Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Eric Holcomb

Ask Indiana Governor to Grant Clemency to My Brother Kofi M. Ajabu

My brother, Kofi M. Ajabu, now forty-four years old, has been imprisoned for over 23 years for murders he did not commit. We have exhausted all legal opportunities including appeals and are at the step of asking for clemency from the Eric J. Holcomb, Governor of Indiana. Your signature below says you support clemency for Kofi M. Ajabu.   Shortly after turning 21, home in-between his sophomore and junior years of college, Kofi found himself at the scene of a gruesome crime. Thinking he and a couple of friends were going to smoke some weed, the day instead ended with three young people being murdered by one of the other co-defendants. Before trial, the prosecution offered Kofi a plea deal that would result in 20 years served. He refused to plead guilty to the murders because he had not killed anyone. He was convicted of all 10 felonies despite there being no forensic evidence to support his involvement in the murders. He was sentenced to life without parole. On appeal, the Supreme Court found that the prosecution had not proven Kofi had killed anyone, and as such, could not sentence him to life. In response, the judge did not vacate the murder conviction but instead changed the sentence to be 240 years. At this point, had Kofi taken the plea deal, he would have served the entire required time. Instead, because he would not confess to a crime he did not commit, he is faced with spending the rest of his life in prison - a punishment for exercising his right to a fair trial and for refusing to admit to murders he did not commit.  He has made the best of his time in prison, becoming masterful at meditation, yoga and energy-balancing practices, developing conversational skill in five languages including Spanish, Twi, Putongua, Vietnamese and French, and earning his Bacheor’s degree in General Studies from Ball State University.  Advocating for justice for my brother has become a two decade fight for our family -- one that in which we are now asking for your help with. Because clemency is a political decision, we need the Governor to know that there is support in the community for him to show forgiveness, mercy, and justice by granting Kofi clemency. Thank you in advance for your support,-Nzinga A. Harrison, M.D. on behalf of my brother Kofi and the rest of our family and friends  

Nzinga Harrison
675 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Rick Snyder, Michael Eagen

66-YEAR-OLD BATTERED WOMAN 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 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to grant clemency for NANCY SEAMAN.  She has been in prison since 2004 and is 66-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!  This three minute video of the Michigan Department of Corrections Psychologist and domestic violence expert Nels Thompson (retired) with Executive Director of Justice Thru Storytelling Kelle Lynn explains why she should be released from prison! Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan's archaic law...People v Christel.   The jury verdict was overturned by the judge in August 2005 based on the severe limitations of expert testimony in the courtroom because of this law.  Had the expert been able to testify about Nancy Seaman in full to the jury, Judge Jack McDonald said that it's highly probable they would have never charged her with first degree murder and sentenced her to LIFE in prison.                

Justice Thru Storytelling, Inc
1,336 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Larry Kupers, Jared Kushner

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 48 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!

Barbara B Decker
519 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Governor

Help Bring My Husband Home

I am Starting this petition for my husband, Tyquan C. Knox he has been incarcerated since January of 2007. This year he has served 11 years. at 19 years old he was tried and convicted of murder and robbery and was sentenced to Life Without Parole +21 yrs. He is currently serving his sentence at the Centinela State Prison in Imperial CA . Tyquan and I attended high school together and maintained a friendship throughout the years we married in 2017 he is no longer then 19 year old boy he was when he was arrested he is now a 30 year old man who is a loving husband and step-father.  Prior to my husbands arrest he had a promising future with multiple college scholarship offers, and had to quickly adjust to those opportunities being taken from him. He has attempted to make the best of his situation by participating in a few of the short list of self help programs the institution he is currently in offers, like computer courses as well as learning the skill of barbering, with hopes of pursuing more in the near future as spaces become available for other courses he wishes to participate in. Despite the unimaginable circumstances my husband is currently in he remains positive while continuing to mature and show tremendous amounts of growth while embracing every opportunity given to him. I am starting this petition in hopes of my husband being granted clemency and given a second chance at life that will not only affect his life but the life of his family and loved ones.  In closing I’d like to thank everyone who takes the time to sign this petition on behalf of my husband so that he may be given the opportunity at freedom, to join his family and contribute to society the way we know he can and will. Sincerely, Chyra Knox 

chyra knox
199 supporters