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 Donald J. Trump, President of the United States
Please restore justice and pardon my dad!
Dear Friends, Ten years ago, my dad, former Democratic Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman, was taken away in handcuffs and shackles. Most who learned of his case saw it as a travesty of justice, including several prominent Republicans (see 60 Minutes). Though released pending appeal for four years and despite unprecedented support, my father was returned to prison on September 11th 2012 to complete a nearly 7 year term because the Supreme Court refused to hear his case. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox Business News, MSNBC, CBS, Harper's, Time Magazine, The American Trial Lawyers, Huffington Post, The Guardian, 113 former state Attorneys General, top Constitutional Law Professors, and many others say this case is erroneous and Don Siegelman never commited a crime. He was convicted of an implied quid pro quo, that is an inferred bribe, or a bribe without explicit proof of agreement or self-enrichment scheme. He was never accused of benefiting, at all. I need your help to right this injustice. Please sign this petition to President Trump asking him to restore justice and pardon Don Siegelman! Why Sign? Gov. Don Siegelman was the 51st Governor of Alabama, serving from 1999 to 2003. He served in Alabama in public office for 26 years and is the only person in the history of the state to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected positions: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He was essentially the longest running Democrat in the Southeast. My dad was wrongfully convicted in 2007 in a case that Pace Law Professor Bennett Gershman called "one of the most egregiously bad faith prosecutions by the Justice Department ever.” Numerous public servants such as Al Gore, John Kerry, and Wesley Clark believe my father was wrongly prosecuted and wrongly convicted. The American Trial Lawyer Magazine has called Dad America's "Political Prisoner #1." The New York Times said my dad was charged with something that has never even been considered a crime in America, and CBS’ 60 Minutes reported that the prosecution team coached key witness Nick Bailey more than 70 times and offered him a deal to testify against my father. Conservative columnist George Will expressed in The Washington Post, “Everyone who cares about the rule of law should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal….today’s confusion and the resulting prosecutorial discretion kill the exercise of Constitutional right, of political participation and can imprison people unjustly.” More than 100 state Attorney Generals, both Republican and Democrat, many law professors, and thousands of people like you, have tried to help, garnering the attention of the media, organizing letter campaigns, and writing excellent articles, but ultimately the case was left to the courts. Even Fox Business News sympathized with Dad! 113 current and former state Attorney Generals from across the U.S. signed a brief to the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court saying, “There is reason to believe that the case brought against Governor Siegelman may have had sufficient irregularities as to call into question the basic fairness that is the linchpin of our system of justice.” Fred Gray, attorney to Rosa Parks, and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, both close companions to the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., came to court to hold my mom's hand the day of sentencing in 2007. They wrote letters to the Department of Justice, to Congress, and to the President to convey that Don Siegelman is the “target of the Bush Justice Department, which has now endangered the style of government we fought so hard for.” However, this is not about Democrats versus Republicans, far from it. It is simply about what's right and wrong, what is fair and what is not. As Thomas Jefferson said, "A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction." Former U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson said, "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power..." This petition is much more than just one man's freedom. It is about American freedom. If this can happen to my dad, as governor, it can happen to anyone. The law is so unclear, all it takes is a prosecutor with a vendetta against you. As Dad explained when the surprise verdict came in 2007; “This is dangerous to our democracy and it is wrong. If this ruling stands, rogue prosecutors or a rogue Justice Department can prosecute contributors and elected officials they simply do not like.” Please join me in asking President Trump to pardon my dad. Al Gore appealed, "Don Siegelman isn't just fighting for his freedom - he's fighting for the integrity of our democracy... As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our democracy from those who would take advantage of it and abuse their power.” Our hope for truth lies in holding our elected officials accountable. Our hope for justice is a great public outcry. Please join me in asking the President of the United States for a pardon in my dad’s case by signing the petition on Change.org and sharing this message publicly however you can. By doing so we may one day clarify the law and keep our democracy and freedom intact. Thank you so much for considering the facts and helping me free my dad! With the greatest appreciation, Dana Siegelman
Petition to Mary Fallin (Governor)
Save Richard Glossip’s Life
Richard Glossip was convicted of commissioning the tragic murder of his boss, Barry Van Treese. The conviction is based on a lie told by the actual murderer, Justin Sneed. Justin’s testimony was the only evidence linking Richard to the crime. Recently, Justin’s daughter came forward to say her father wanted to recant his testimony against Richard. Richard will be executed if Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin doesn’t intervene. We started this petition to ask Gov. Fallin to stop Richard’s execution. His execution is scheduled for September 16, 2015. We ask Gov. Fallin to please review the case against him and spare his life. When the police arrested Justin Sneed for the murder, there was no doubt he had committed the crime. Justin had confessed but changed his story to avoid the death penalty through a plea deal. In exchange for being spared the death penalty, Justin said Richard paid him for the murder. Richard was offered his own deal if he plead guilty. He refused, believing the truth was all he needed. Had Richard taken the deal, he would have been out of prison by now. There was a glimmer of hope when Justin’s daughter wrote a letter to the clemency board. She detailed private conversations where her father said he wanted to recant his testimony against Richard. Hope quickly faded away. Justin, fearing he would lose his plea deal to avoid the death penalty, decided against recanting in an official statement. Richard has given up on Justin doing the right thing. His only hope is enough people speak up on his behalf and demand Gov. Fallin stay the execution. It’s the first step in getting Richard exonerated. Time is running out. Please sign and share our petition today. Your signature could save his life. You can read more details about Richard’s case here: www.richardeglossip.com and www.sisterhelen.org/richard To donate to his legal defense please go here: https://fundly.com/save-richard-glossip
Petition to John Kasich, John Kasich
Free Tyra Patterson
Tyra Patterson has been incarcerated for 21 years for crimes she did not commit. I was one of the jurors who voted to convict her of a robbery that ended in the shooting death of Michelle Lai in 1994. But new evidence surfaced that shows me the verdict was wrong. Tyra is innocent and Ohio Governor Kasich should take action to release her from prison immediately.I had serious doubts about Tyra's guilt at the time I voted to convict her. I could tell she wasn't really a part of the group that committed the crimes -- she had just found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we didn't have the proof to back up my instinct.It turned out the evidence existed -- it just wasn't presented at trial. For example, as a juror I did not know that Tyra called 911 after the shooting to get help or that one of the victims had testified at an earlier trial that a co-defendant -- not Tyra -- had committed the robbery that Tyra had confessed to. Knowing that now makes me believe that the “confession” Tyra made was false.Her lawyers never told us about the concept of false confessions. I wish they had.I have lost many nights of sleep over Tyra’s case. I started this petition two years ago and with public pressure, the persistence of Tyra, and the work of her legal team, there are now Republican lawmakers, the former Ohio Attorney General, and former correctional officers who worked with Tyra, all advocating for her release.If I had known about the evidence that supports Tyra’s innocence at trial, I never would have voted to convict her. All four of Tyra's co-defendants, a witness and Tyra herself passed polygraphs supporting Tyra's innocence claim. She has now spent 21 years, almost half her life, behind bars. She initially received a longer sentence than even the shooter herself.The Ohio Parole Board heard Tyra's case, where all of the evidence and all the great things Tyra's done to transform herself were presented. I was there. The majority of board members made it clear that they resented the public support Tyra was receiving, particularly from elected officials. They would not even let her speak, even though she had a right to do so.In a split vote, the Parole Board unjustly recommended that Tyra not be released.But, the final decision is still made by Governor Kasich. I believe that if enough people sign this petition, Governor Kasich will see that the public supports Tyra’s release and will do the right thing and allow her to come home.Please sign this petition and help begin to right this wrong.
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 year nus. 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. These chains around my freedom need to be broken 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
Petition to Terry McAuliffe
Please Stop the April 25 Execution of Ivan Teleguz, an Innocent Man
The Commonwealth of Virginia plans to execute an innocent man, Ivan Teleguz, on April 25, 2017. We need to make sure Governor McAuliffe knows that there is too much evidence of Ivan’s innocence to allow this execution to go ahead. Please join the call for the Governor to intervene. The government’s case against Ivan was based on false evidence. Three men said that Ivan hired Stephanie’s killer. But two of those men have since admitted that they lied in court – and sworn under oath that Ivan was not involved. The third, Michael Hetrick, confessed to killing Stephanie. He was offered a deal that spared his own life in return for saying that Ivan hired him to commit the murder. The prosecutor coerced the witnesses. The witnesses have sworn under oath that they gave false testimony at trial because of threats from the prosecutor and promises she made to improve their sentences. The prosecution tried to influence the jury by saying Ivan was involved in a made-up murder. At trial, the prosecutor argued that Ivan should be sentenced to death because he was involved in another murder in Pennsylvania, and was highly dangerous. It was later revealed that the testimony about the murder and the prosecutor’s argument were completely made up—the murder never even happened. There is evidence that calls into question every part of the Commonwealth’s case against Ivan. There is too much doubt for Governor McAuliffe to allow this execution to go ahead. Please help make sure he knows that The Commonwealth is about to execute an innocent man. Please help save an innocent man. Join the call for Governor McAuliffe to intervene. Visit ivansprayerforjustice.org to learn more about Ivan's case. Visit Facebook and Twitter for case updates.
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!!!
Petition to Pardon Attorney
20 Years in Prison are Too Many for Medical Marijuana Compassionate Care! FREE MY DAD!!
Over 9 years ago my Dad left me and went to prison for operating a state-legal medical marijuana dispensary in California. He was given a mandatory minimum sentence of over 20 years. Today, marijuana is fully legal in 8 states and medical marijuana is legal in 28 states and D.C. and yet my Dad remains in prison.I am Jasmine Scarmazzo and I’m 14 years old. I’m writing this petition because I want my Dad to come home from prison and I am asking our President to grant him clemency. That’s the only way he will be released without serving over twenty years.In California, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996 and there are thousands of medical marijuana dispensaries here. But over the years, some of them were raided and shut down by the federal government. My Dad was an owner of one of these dispensaries but since he was convicted, the Department of Justice and Congress have made changes in law and policy that means my Dad would likely not be in prison if he was to be arrested today.My Dad is serving the longest federal prison sentence given to a medical marijuana dispensary operator and the only Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operator who has been convicted of conducting a Continuing Criminal Enterprise (CCE). Following trial, two jury members recanted their guilty verdicts and gave sworn affidavits to that effect when learning the CCE conviction carried a 20 year Mandatory Minimum Sentence.Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws in place. In December 2015, Congress passed legislation that protects dispensary operators against arrest. Also, since 2013, the administration directed the Department of Justice to no longer prosecute medical—or even recreational—marijuana providers who are operating under state law. Times have changed. But because my Dad was sentenced before this happened, he will have to serve his full sentence unless granted clemency from our President. That means I will be without him for another decade. I am already starting high school without him there to see me grow up. Please sign this petition and ask the President to grant my Dad clemency. Thank you.