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Clemency

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Petition to President of the United States

Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website

My son, Ross Ulbricht, is a first-time offender serving a double life sentence without parole, plus 40 years, for a website he made when he was 26 years old and passionate about free markets and privacy. Ross―an Eagle Scout, scientist and peaceful entrepreneur―had all non-violent charges at trial. He was never prosecuted for causing harm or bodily injury and no victim was named at trial. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. There is a growing consensus that Ross’s case is a miscarriage of justice and over 150 eminent organizations and leaders have voiced their support. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where consenting users chose what to buy and sell as long as no third party was harmed (some listings were prohibited). Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly personal amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for selling drugs himself but for creating a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. All the other defendants related to the case―including the actual drug sellers and the creator of Silk Road 2―received sentences ranging from 17 months to 10 years.  Ross’s investigation, trial and sentencing were rife with abuse.  This includes corrupt federal investigators (now in prison) who were hidden from the jury, as well as prosecutorial misconduct, constitutional violations and reliance on uncharged, false allegations at sentencing. Ross was smeared in the media through false and inaccurate reporting. Ross was not treated fairly and his sentence is draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that starting Silk Road was a terrible mistake that he deeply regrets, that he never intended harm, and that he has learned the heavy price of breaking the law. Ross is not a danger to anyone. If released tomorrow, he would never come near breaking the law again.  Ross’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man who is very much loved and has much to give. The judge received 100 letters attesting to his excellent character and how much he has helped others. These include those in prison, where he has demonstrated exemplary behavior and tutored, led classes, and helped fellow inmates.  Keeping Ross caged for life helps no one; will cost taxpayers about $2 million; and deprives society of an exceptionally kind, generous and creative person. Even in the face of his walking death sentence, Ross clings to the hope of a second chance. He dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, start a family, and use his education and skills to contribute to society. Mr. President, please commute Ross Ulbricht’s unjust sentence. Learn more about Ross's case at FreeRoss.org.

FreeRoss.org
263,857 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Kamala Harris, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, DIane Feinstein, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Kenneth Juster

Rescue Farida now, jailed in India for over 6 months, due to an honest mistake

Petition supporters in the United States:  Please write to your elected officials in your state (letter template here) on behalf of Farida.  It can be as easy as copy-and-paste into a web form or a mailed letter.  Greater numbers will make a difference.  Press coverage: Washington Post and San Jose Mercury News articles.  After an honest mistake, our dear sister, Farida Malik (a US citizen and California resident) was unnecessarily jailed in India in July 2019. Despite efforts to have her released by the US Embassy and local lawyers, the magistrate in control of her case refuses to release her.  She's being held in poor health in a remote jail built in the 1800s, high in the mountains, near the India-Nepal border in Uttarakhand state.  She’s been separated from her belongings and not allowed to speak on the phone with family or friends. She was traveling on a tourist bus from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi, India to meet friends and mistakenly thought that she could get a visa at the border. Unfortunately, she had also forgotten her valid US passport in her hotel in Nepal. Although she could've been turned away at the border and told to remain in Nepal, instead Indian border check guards arrested and imprisoned her in Almora, India. She's been there ever since (although she was reunited with her valid US passport back in August 2019).  Her friends and family are very concerned for her life, safety and well-being. She has not been allowed to speak with them. The US Embassy in Delhi, the US Ambassador to India, and the US State Department in Washington, DC are all well aware of this case.  The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been continuously lobbied and is well aware of the case too.  So far it's all for naught.  And none of these interests appear to have done much at all.  Farida made an honest mistake and the punishment, it seems to us, far exceeds her inadvertent offense. To us, this is a miscarriage of justice.  Farida loves everything about India, especially its culture, music, movies, and food. A few years ago, she earned a certificate from Asian Academy of Film & Television (AAFT) acting school in Noida, India and has friends there. She was on her way to meet them when things went horribly wrong.  Farida believes in the power of music to bridge cultural divides.  Despite her horrible ordeal, her lawyers say she is doing her best to remain positive and continues to love India.   For a heartbreakingly long time now, she has been awaiting a court date that will render a decision on her case, but this date keeps slipping (an unfortunate yet common occurrence in Indian courts). Meanwhile she's languishing in poor health in a cold jail, without heat, with the Himalayan winter having descended in full force. She has an injured back and overall not in great health due to her incarceration. She does not have regular access to her medications or adequate medical treatment. Our ask of the US and Indian governments:  Take action now!  Have Farida released and deported back home to USA immediately.  She has suffered more than enough. Our ask of you, dear reader: Please sign this petition (and add comments) to help increase awareness of Farida's plight.  Then share this petition (email, Facebook, LinkedIn, text, Twitter, etc.) with your friends and family and with your elected government officials in the US and India.  Thank you!Determined, Farida's family and friends ****************** p.s.  If you want to privately send your thoughts, prayers, comments, and/or suggestions, please write to freedomforfarida@gmail.com.  Ever grateful.   

Nauman Malik
4,366 supporters
This petition won 5 years ago

Petition to Chris Christie, Chris Christie, New Jersey State Parole Board

Grant me a pardon, a mistake shouldn't ruin my future.

NRA NEWS INTERVIEW HERE I was an armored guard, with plans to be a police officer until I got a felony conviction for having my legally owned service weapon in my glove box. Now my dreams of being a cop and providing for my family have been dashed. The only way I can get my life back on track is if Governor Christie grants me a pardon. Please help me tell the governor that an honest mistake shouldn’t ruin my entire future. My name is Steffon Josey-Davis. I am a 24-year-old from New Jersey. As an armored car driver, I am legally permitted to own a weapon.  On September 20th, 2013,  I was getting ready for work in the morning, I was in the garage trying to disarm my firearm when my 6-year-old sister walked in and surprised me. I have always tried to keep my firearm away from my younger siblings as to not spark their curiosity, so I quickly shoved it into my glove compartment before picking her up and taking her back inside the house. Later that day, having been distracted by a chain of events, I got in my car, with my gun still in my glove compartment.  I was pulled over shortly after for a routine traffic stop. Immediately I realized my mistake; in NJ a loaded weapon must be carried in a locked trunk. I alerted the officers that I had a weapon in the car. They confiscated and told me I would be able to pick it up later that week, and I thought that was the end of it. When I arrived at the police department, I was informed that I had been charged with weapons possession,  a second-degree felony. Instantly my life changed. I was facing a ten year prison sentence for trying to keep a firearm away from a child. I was horrified by the thought of spending ten years in prison, away from my family, my girlfriend and the dreams that I hoped to one day achieve, so on my lawyer’s recommendation I took a plea of one year probation. But I am still a convicted felon. Now I can't vote, am disqualified from most jobs, and my future has been derailed. I am a law abiding citizen, with hopes of one day becoming a law enforcement officer myself. Yet, because of my felony conviction I may never be able to become the person I had wanted to be. I am asking you, from the bottom of my heart, to please support me and ask Governor Christie to grant me a pardon so that I can continue to follow my dreams.   Full Story Here Please Donate to help Steffon Overturn his wrongful conviction by HIRING Evan Nappen NJ FireArm Attorney. Anything helps! Click HERE To Donate  To learn more about my story please click here and here.

Steffon Josey
92,394 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump

Repeal outdated MARIJUANA laws, and release federal marijuana prisoners ...

Here in the United States, more than thirty states have legalized marijuana to some degree. Ten states and the District of Columbia have downright decriminalized marijuana for recreational purposes. It is widely accepted as a form of medicine to treat epilepsy, pain, and many other physical and mental ailments. And two thirds of the population supports decriminalization. Nevertheless, marijuana is still illegal under federal law. It's classified as a schedule 1 controlled substance, a schedule above Crack and Meth. As a result, non-violent men and women remain imprisoned with harsh sentences for marijuana offenses. Take, for example, Quawntay Adams, a 43-year-old father who has been imprisoned a jaw-dropping fifteen years for merely attempting to possess marijuana. More troubling is the fact that he still has twenty years remaining on his 35-year sentence. Clearly our outdated marijuana laws are fundamentally unfair when a non-violent man could be sentenced to life in prison for the very same conduct wealthy business men legally recieve wealth and no punishment for. This inequality and, frankly, unequal protection of the law is a result of outdated and conflicting marijuana laws in the United States. The only solution is an end to prohibition and the immediate release of federal prisoners who've served more than ten years for marijuana offenses. By signing this petition you are supporting the change of such outdated laws and the release of non-violent offenders who've served more than 10 years for marijuana offenses. I encourage you all to sign and help bring awareness to this cause by informing others and demanding justice every chance you get. #FreeQuawntay and #FreePotPrisoners

Willa Richard
9,016 supporters