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Clemency

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Maryland State House, U.S. House of Representatives

Declare State clemency- Mandatory Minimum 20 year sentence for Marijuana.

      Harold Morris (Junior) has been convicted and sentenced to 40 years in Maryland state prison for selling marijuana. He will serve the mandatory minimum of 20 years (no parole) before he is released (after classification he was told he’ll do 17 years exactly, his release year is 2036). He has been accused of being a Kingpin. Kingpins are dangerous leaders of a drug operation (such as El Chapo).     His case is extremely rare because anyone who has been accused of Kingpin is usually charged federally. This charge always comes with transporting/trafficking (Which he was found NOT GUILTY of), lots of co-inspirers (the drug ring), and lots of money. He did NOT have ANY OF THAT.      Federal authorities chose not to charge him as a Kingpin simply because he did not do any of the standards that accompany being accused as a "Kingpin”. So the state decided to keep the kingpin charge against him. There were no character witnesses, confidential informants, undercover police, or anyone who was apart of this “drug operation” to identify him as the leader of a “drug ring”. Not a single person was arrested related to his case other than his girlfriend. There were no weapons or serious drugs considering he’s a dangerous kingpin. All of his charges are non violent, all charges are for marijuana. There was literally no evidence making him this. He has certainly been over charged.      Junior doesn’t deserve (nor does anyone) to spend the rest of his young life in prison for a non violent crime. For something that he was convicted of based on “assumptions”. When this trial started two years ago, he completely turned his life around. He knew he couldn’t change what had happened, but he did his absolute best to change the things in his life that could be changed.      Junior is an outstanding father of four children, who he has full custody of.  He and his children served God in their church faithfully every Sunday, where they have been saved and baptized. He became a leader of his church and has inspired and gave hope to so many people. Every Sunday he would pray loudly, thanking god and praying for everyone, instead of himself.      He has spent the last two years doing so much for his church and his community. He was coaching youth baseball for his youngest sons team, preaching to his church on Sunday’s and helping the Ellicott city community recover from the devastating floods. Any extra time he has was spent with his children. He couldn’t wait to get home and have fun with them. Junior has also been employed as a journeyman for over 10 years (and supervisor) at an HVAC company where he is known to be the best employee. He used his skills to repair the broken air conditioning system in the church. He would do this every night after working his regular job. Sometimes he wouldn’t get home until midnight or later. He did all this free of charge. He did all this because that’s who he is. He is a selfless, kind and inspirational person and father. He has been focused on being the best person he can be, the person he truly is.     We were all so sure that god would save him from this nightmare that he’s living right now. But now we’re so confused and unsure of why this is happening to him. There’s just nothing more he could have done for himself, everyone and God. Nearly 20 people wrote letters to the judge describing the person who he really is and all he has done to help so many. The same people who showed up to his sentencing begging, pleading and crying to the judge to have mercy. The judge was clearly remorseful and did understand that junior is a good person and had already turned things around before his conviction. But the judge explained that all he could do if suspend 20 years of the 40 and must give him the 20 mandatory minimum. That the law requires it and there’s nothing he can do to change that. Harford county made a mistake by over charging him as being a Kingpin.    He has thrived so much and trying so hard to be so good, and seeing him taken away to prison for so long. His children are completely devastated. I don’t know what I can really do here. I just hope this helps him some how. His children need him. He is not a person that belongs in prison for 20 years and so many stand by him to defend him.       We now need to take the next step and ask Governor Hogan to review his case and help in any way he can. It’s all we have left. I’m not asking the governor to just make it all go away, we just can’t sit around and let him spend decades in prison when he didn’t hurt a single person. Every signature for this petition means so much to us and Junior’s four children.          Thank you and God bless. 

Samantha Clark
1,256 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Gretchen Whitmer, Michael Eagen

LIFE in Prison for Defending Your 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 Gretchen Whitmer 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!  Read the attached letter written by Nancy Seaman describing her own journey and advocating for change to Michigan's archaic ruling...People v Christel.   The jury verdict was overturned by Judge Jack McDonald 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
1,631 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to District Attorney of Saint Charles County, Judge Daniel Green, Missouri Assistant Attorney General Patrick J. Logang, Attorney General of Missouri Eric Schmitt

Demand a Fair Trial for Jonathan Irons, Wrongfully Convicted Since Age 16

Jonathan Irons has been incarcerated since 1997 for a crime that he did not commit. He was just 16 years old at the time and arrested for the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner during a burglary -- even though no DNA evidence, fingerprints, physical evidence, or footprint evidence collected ever linked Jonathan to the crime.  I’ve known Jonathan for over a decade, and I’m fighting to make sure his case gets a fair review and calling attention to the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe resulted in Jonathan being wrongfully sent to prison for 50 years as a teenager. Will you stand with me and demand new evidence be considered? Jonathan’s conviction was based solely on unreliable eyewitness testimony. Credible witnesses who could have provided testimony to Jonathan’s whereabouts during the time of the crime were never brought to court to testify, and Jonathan was interrogated by authorities without a guardian or attorney present, even though he was a minor. Moreover, when the shooting victim indicated that he couldn’t identify his shooter, police officers told him to give his “best guess” which led to his guess of Jonathan. Jonathan has now been in prison for 22 years, for a crime I know and thousands of others know he didn’t commit. I met Jonathan through a family member’s prison ministry program when I was 18. I was shocked and horrified to discover that this was happening to someone who was only a couple years younger than I was at the time of his arrest. I was even more shocked to learn that over 10,000 people may be wrongfully convicted of serious crimes each year and that prosecutorial misconduct is rampant in communities across the United States. I’m dedicating my life to freeing Jonathan the same way I dedicated myself to each game in the WNBA. And it’s why I need your help today. I urge you to join me in asking Judge Daniel Green and Missouri Assistant Attorney General Patrick J. Logang, the Office of the Missouri State Attorney General and the Office of the District Attorney of Saint Charles County to take into account the undeniable facts of Jonathan’s case, and provide justice for Jonathan Irons once and for all.

Maya Moore, Win With Justice
36,788 supporters