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Clemency

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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.

Heath Stocks
165 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Pass the Justice Safety Valve Act

When my brother was sentenced to 55 years for a nonviolent marijuana offense eleven years ago, the judge who sentenced him strongly opposed sending a father of three to prison for so long. But because of mandatory minimum sentencing, he had no choice. Now, a new bill in Congress will give judges the authority to give sentences lower than the mandatory punishment in certain cases where the sentence is excessive. The Justice Safety Valve Act will finally let judges do what they're supposed to: judge! It would allow judges to sentence a person to less prison time than the mandatory minimum law requires whenever the mandatory minimum sentence is unjust or excessive. Federal judges are currently bound to sentence offenders in compliance with mandatory minimum sentences, resulting in unfair sentences and an explosion in the prison population.  My brother's judge called the sentence “unjust, cruel, and even irrational.” He's not the only one. There are judges all over the country who oppose mandatory minimum sentencing because these laws prevent them from using their discretion to hand out the appropriate sentence and often force them to destroy families.  In a recent interview, Weldon's judge said, “If he had been an aircraft hijacker, he would have gotten 24 years in prison. If he’d been a terrorist, he would have gotten 20 years in prison. If he was a child rapist, he would have gotten 11 years in prison. And now I’m supposed to give him a 55-year sentence? I mean, that’s just not right.” The Justice Safety Valve Act has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House -- but your lawmakers need to hear from you. We can pass this bill and greatly improve the criminal justice system. Please sign my petition calling on Congress to pass the Justice Safety Valve Act.

Lisa Angelos
69,443 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Timothy Tyler, life for a nonviolent drug offense

My brother Timothy Tyler was just 25 years old when he was sentenced to die in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. He's watched murderers and rapists leave prison while he has no chance of ever leaving. He is now 45 years old and I want to bring him home. Timothy was a young Grateful Dead fan, who in May of 1992, sold pot and LSD to a friend who turned out to be a police informant. He had never been to prison before, but a judge was forced to give him double life without the possiblity of parole because of two prior drug convictions — even though both those convictions resulted in probation. Life without the possibility of parole means my brother will never have a chance to live outside of prison walls. It's effectively a death sentence. Tim made mistakes when he was young, but after 22 years in prison, he has more than paid his debt to society. He is not a threat to anyone. He wasn't given a chance to get clean and sober to think about the damage he was doing to his life. They locked him up and threw away the key. But there's hope.  In December, President Obama granted clemency to 8 nonviolent drug offenders who were serving mandatory sentences for crack cocaine. And the Department of Justice recently asked for Bar Associations throughout the country to send them more clemency petitions for nonviolent drug offenders. It costs $25,000 per year to keep my non-violent brother in prison for a mistake he made more than 20 years ago.  So far, that is over half a million dollars.  Not only is that not justice, but it's a waste of money. I need your help to show them that Americans think Timothy has paid his debt to society and shouldn't be housed in a cage at the expense of taxpayers anymore. He should be granted clemency.    

Carrie Tyler
423,306 supporters