Petition to Governor Bill Haslam
Don't Resume Executions in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee is now planning to resume executions after almost a decade without one--despite the nearly deadly mistakes of sending four wrongfully convicted individuals to death row on four different occasions. These men spent decades fighting for their freedom and were finally released from prison. To date, over 160 people have been freed from death rows across the country when evidence of their innocence emerged – including me. My name is Paul House. For 22 years, I sat on Tennessee’s death row where I developed an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis for which I received no care. By the time of my release, I was bound to a wheelchair, experiencing significant challenges to my speech and movement. I remain in a wheelchair today and am cared for by my mother, Joyce. The more we execute, the more likely it is that we will execute an innocent person. When a human life is at stake, there is simply no room for error. Sign this petition today to urge Tennessee not to resume executions in the state. After being released from prison in 2007 and with all charges against me finally dropped in 2009, my mother and I continue to work to prevent this from happening to anyone else, sharing my story with anyone who will listen. The death penalty system is failing as it consistently proves to be ineffective, unfair, and inaccurate, while the public’s approval of it as a means of achieving justice continues to decline. Even in cases of guilt, growing evidence suggests that the death penalty can prolong victims’ families’ pain and delay healing while appeals and reversals force them to relive their trauma again and again. As someone who faced execution for a crime I didn’t commit, I ask you to sign this petition, urging the state of Tennessee not to resume executions in order to prevent wrongful executions. (Pictured above: Death row exoneree Paul House and his mother, Joyce. Photo by Edward Tse.)
Petition to Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Sylvia Evans
Help free a disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully imprisoned in Kuwait.
My daughter may never see her father again. Jermaine Rogers has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas. He now faces a lifetime in a foreign jail over fake drug charges. I need your help to get the Trump administration to bring him home. U.S. civilians serving to protect our country and in support of our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. Jermaine needs that intervention today. Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to demand the release of Jermaine Rogers so he can come back to the U.S. Death by hanging. That is almost what happened to Jermaine when he was falsely accused of dealing drugs. The death sentence was dropped, but a lifetime in jail isn’t much better, especially when you are innocent and thousands of miles away in a foreign land. I know Jermaine is innocent. He believes in serving America and that means representing our country with pride and the best behavior. Even if you do not believe my pleas, we should all agree a man who has served his country should not get life in prison for the non-violent crimes they claim he committed. So many people are standing up and speaking on behalf of Jermaine — people like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. As his family, we can’t thank them enough. We now need you. Please sign my petition today. Your signature will help bring our family together again and ensure actual justice is served for an American hero.
Petition to Donald J. Trump, Lawrence Kupers
Clemency For Johnny Jackson "A Second Chance"
My husband, Johnny Jackson, is serving a 100-year sentence for a non-violent drug offense. The sentence was imposed as a substitute for a life sentence, which was based primarily on very controversial sentencing guidelines that the court interpreted as mandatory. However, a life sentence was not required, and in Johnny’s case such a sentence was never just or fair. Johnny had never been to prison before this and has absolutely no history of violence. He was barely 17 years old when he was introduced to a negative lifestyle involving drugs, and his drug crimes ceased when he was about 23, in 1995. He wasn’t actually tried for those crimes until 2000 because for much of this time he was hiding. Johnny accepts full responsibility for this and for the drug offenses themselves. He is truly remorseful for any harm he has caused to his community, family, and those affected by his unwise decisions. He has expressed this in heartfelt letters to family, friends, and community leaders as well as the President and the Justice Department. During the 17 years that he has spent incarcerated, he has taken a huge initiative to better himself as a man furthering his education by completing over 50 educational courses ranging from G.E.D. to adult continuing education (ACE) and college courses (e.g. Marketing, Bookkeeping, Building Trades, Computer Literacy, Parenting, etc.). He is proud of his accomplishments while engaging in programs which addressed issues of drug addiction, mental illness, and criminality, through challenges that highlight thinking errors that lead to criminal behavior. These endeavors have heightened his awareness socially, educationally, and spiritually, allowing him to be more conscious of the human condition overall in order not to repeat his past mistakes. He uses this very positive perspective to draw from as he mentors younger inmates. Johnny is a member of a loving family who has consistently supported him. As his wife, I visit him regularly and communicate with him daily. His children, siblings, and extended family also continue to offer strong emotional reinforcement through phone calls, cards, letters, and visits allowing him to maintain a powerful bond with family. With such a solid support system including a loving wife and a supportive pastor, Johnny will have the stability to rebuild his life and become a productive member of society if given the opportunity! Johnny is supported by numerous prominent members of society, including Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois. He is represented by former US Pardon Attorney Roger Adams who has said: “I took Johnny’s case because it was an injustice on several levels… drug trafficking deserves to be punished but there has to be some proportionality. A life sentence might well be justified for a person like the head of a foreign cartel importing millions of dollars’ worth of heroin or cocaine every month, typically accompanied by extreme violence and massive public corruption. Johnny Jackson’s few years of selling drugs on the streets of Chicago simply does not justify the same sentence. “ Read more... There is no rational justification for a CENTURY long sentence, which ultimately strips Johnny of any opportunity for a life beyond prison. Johnny Jackson deserves a second chance! Please help me to urge President Trump to grant Johnny Jackson's clemency petition. Let’s band together to show our nation’s leaders that a LIFE sentence is not appropriate for a nonviolent drug offender, especially since such a sentence would not have been imposed today! I graciously thank you for your time and support in efforts to give Johnny a second chance at his life! "THERE IS POWER IN NUMBERS" #SupportASecondChanceForJohnnyJackson Attention: OFFICE OF THE PARDON ATTORNEY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 950 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
Petition to Bill Haslam
Re-Trial for Cyntoia Brown
Cyntoia Brown was only 16 years old when she received a prison sentence of 51 years for first-degree murder. She murdered a man named Johnny Allen, who had been sexually abusing her. She was a victim of sex trafficking and was later sold to the man she had killed. She feared for her life and believed that he would kill her first, so she killed him before he could kill her. I pray that this petition helps Cyntoia get a re-trial, her case dismissed, or a shorter sentence with time served. Please sign this petition calling for a re-trial of her case. This is a very sad story, especially due to the fact that she was only a child when it happened. Going through the things she went through at such a young age is very traumatizing. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, no one can ever understand what that does to a child’s mindset. If she didn't build up the courage and take a risk to save herself, she would still be going through the same thing or sadly, dead. Our laws really need to change to stop letting people like Johnny get away with things like this. Cyntoia needed help after what she went through, not her life taken away from her once again. Sign this petition calling for her re-trial! #JusticeForCyntoiaBrown
Petition to Honorable Leticia Marques
Justice for my son Christian J. Santiago
I am a mother seeking justice for my children, impacted by tragedy, as a result of drunk driving. Please read our story, and help us with our journey to justice. For justice-regarding these types of tragedies, is so much harder to seek than one might think. And most people, don't seem to care about these deaths, until they themselves, have been impacted by this violent crime. Let us show the world that road deaths are one of the most violent and horrific deaths that one can ever have the misfortune to encounter. These deaths, if caused by an impaired, distracted, and/or reckless driver, are not accidents! Road deaths due to someone's negligence, lack of respect for life, poor choices, should matter! It should matter to the justice system, just as much as any other type of homicide, and should be regarded as such, especially---when a vehicle becomes a weapon. #justice4christian on instagram *** If you have already signed petition on gopetition.com- do not sign this petition- they are the same. I am seeking new signatures only. This needs to reach a bigger audience, and I have found that most people are using Change.org. If you have signed. I thank you. UPDATE- (February 2017)- It is now 6 months since the arrest. There still has been no suspension of Anthony Vazquez's driver's license. We await news to see if there will be an Administrative Suspension, which usually occurs once an arrest has been made. UPDATE -(August/Sept 2016) - Anthony Vazquez Jr. is finally in police custody. Now the road to justice begins. Let us continue to share the petition in hopes that justice will now be served. Now, is when the petition is most vital, as we continue on our journey seeking Justice for Christian. UPDATE - (July 28, 2016)- Anthony Vazquez Jr. is officially a WANTED FELON for Homicide and is dodging an arrest warrant. He has ties to Florida, NY, NJ,CT. and PR, His (enabling) family, are hiding him. Because of this, there has been no arrest. He has killed his cousin, my son, and refuses to do the right thing and turn himself in. We need your help and support in finding him, and making sure that he is tried for his crimes. *** I am still being harassed on Social Media, as his family has made multiple attempts to try and stop me from speaking on behalf of my son, Christian. They have even made attempts here on this very petition.*** Let's show them that we will not be deterred, and Justice will prevail! UPDATE: (June 23, 2016) - It is now a full year and 23 days later after the death of my beloved Christian, who was killed in a fatal, drunk driving crash [not accident], and still no arrest has been made. Anthony Vazquez, Jr. (the drunk driver) remains free at this moment. Free to drive, Free to continue to live as if he's done nothing wrong; as if he hasn't broken any laws; as if he hasn't killed anyone or caused severe, permanent, bodily injuries to others with his reckless behavior. Free to be a risk to the rest of society. My family continues to suffer while we grieve the loss of my son and await news of an arrest in regards to this crime. We have been asked to be patient during this very long, ongoing investigation. I think a year of patience, is long enough. We have placed our trust in law enforcement and in the justice system to treat this matter like the crime that it is, and to recognize that a road death should matter just as much as a murder by any other means of a weapon (be it a knife, gun, etc.) My family needs justice for Christian. Justice for Nya. Without justice, there is no healing; there is no moving forward for us. UPDATE: (March 21, 2016)- My daughter, Nya Santiago underwent her 4th surgery, back in February and is recovering. THE DRUNK DRIVING CRASH On May 31st, 2015, at approximately 5:38 AM, my son, Christian, and my daughter Nya Santiago, were involved in a fatal car crash, while my family was vacationing in Orlando, Florida. They were the backseat passengers of a vehicle, and the driver was impaired. It was a single vehicle collision. Weather conditions were clear. The vehicle was moving southbound on US441, and traffic was light at this time of the morning. Due to the drunk driver being impaired nearly twice the legal limit, and speeding, the driver then crossed multiple lanes hitting a traffic sign, but continued crossing the median dividing the intersection, as he then crossed onto northbound traffic lanes, recklessly crossing 3 more lanes, and finally crashing into a tree. My 18 year old daughter, Nya Santiago was critically injured, and underwent 3 surgeries to save her life. Nya had surgery on her lower jaw, a broken arm and a shattered pelvic rami (leaving her hospitalized for weeks, and then in wheelchair for weeks thereafter the crash). Though Nya is able to walk (at this time), she is still recovering from her injuries and faces surgery (in the near future) for the damage surrounding her pelvic rami, hips and spine. My 22 year old son Christian Santiago, did not survive the crash. Though my son’s autopsy report shows that he suffered, multiple fractures, abrasions, and damage to organs, the final ruling regarding the cause of his death, is head trauma. The drunk driver, Anthony Vazquez, Jr. was found conscious and uninjured at the scene, and the passenger in the front seat (a male) incurred minor injuries, but was also conscious (at the scene ). A third passenger (another male) in the back seat suffered from a broken leg, but survived and was found conscious at the scene. Five people were in that car the morning of the crash. My son was the only one who did not make it out of the crash alive. My daughter will never be physically the same. The emotional scars this has left on my family are permanent. WHY THE DELAY IN RELAYING THIS NEWS TO MY FAMILY? I had come to find out the news regarding my son’s fate and my daughter’s critical state, at 10:30 AM on May 31st, 2015 (5 hours after the crash). The mother of the male occupant, who incurred the broken leg, called me from New York, to report news of the crash, but did not tell me that my son had passed away. In fact, she didn't say much to me at all about the crisis, She just told me to call the hospital, regarding "the kids" being involved in what she called, an "accident," and gave me the number to the hospital. I had later come to find, that she (who is my children's paternal aunt) had knowledge of the crash at least an hour and a half before she finally picked up the phone to call me. Her phone call from the Bronx is a clear indication that this family was notified about the crash almost immediately after it occurred, by the surviving occupants (one of them being her own son, the one with the broken leg and the other a cousin to her, who is the drunk driver in this case). Let me make note, that I was in Florida where the crash actually occurred, and she was back home in New York. Of course the obvious question is: Why wasn't I notified sooner? WHY THE CONFUSION? The hospital chaplain I spoke with over the phone who was the same person I met with at the hospital, was very adamant when conveying the news that my son was the driver of the vehicle. This false bit of information was stated to me, both over the phone and in person. News reports, and actual conversations with the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed, that my son was not the driver of the vehicle. Still, someone had invented that story and relayed that information to the hospital staff, and I fear that it was to cause a delay in my family receiving immediate and relevant answers to what had actually transpired that morning of the crash. SURVIVORS WITHHELD INFORMATION FROM AUTHORITIES THAT THEY ARE RELATED TO MY CHILDREN, AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION WHILE MY CHILDREN FOUGHT TO LIVE. The night before the crash, the 3 surviving occupants, picked Christian and Nya up for a night out. They had spent a substantial amount of time at our family's vacation home conversing with myself and my family (at least 20- 30 minutes ), before leaving the house, None of the three surviving occupants, provided my location to the authorities after the crash. In regards to Christian's identity, not even his name was given to the authorities. My family was only minutes away from the hospital. Again, all three surviving occupants (which includes the drunk driver), were conscious during and after the crash; two are biologically related to Christian and Nya. All three of the surviving males knew the location of my family (in Florida), and were present at that location, but chose not to provide that information to the authorities. In fact, my family has come to find out, that the drunk driver and the occupant with the broken leg, chose to disassociate themselves from my children completely, by not mentioning to the authorities how they knew Christian and Nya. They’re cousins! Authorities were led to believe that the surviving occupants of the crash, really didn't know my children at all. Perhaps, they thought my children were some random kids these males picked up at a club. Interesting enough, it turns out, that one day, during a random conversation I was having with a Sergeant. from F.H.P., about the case, the subject came up regarding my children being related to the occupant with the broken leg. The Sergeant. was surprised to hear this information, and stated to me that this was the first that they had ever heard this. Again, this is 3 months after the crash! Christian was officially identified through his NYS identification, at 9:20 AM at the Medical Examiner's office on May 31, 2015 (nearly 4 hours after the crash). Using information on Christian’s I.D., the Florida Hwy Patrol contacted local authorities in the Bronx, back in NY, so that there would be an attempt to locate me and notify me about my children. Of course I never actually received the news directly from the authorities in the Bronx, because I was not New York. But I did come to find out later that NYPD knocked on my neighbors doors looking for me, back home. A wasted effort, no thanks to the surviving male occupants, the drunk driver, and their families, who knew all along, the urgent and critical condition of my children. Most of Christian's medical documentation shows that he was brought to the hospital for advanced emergency care, as unknown a "JOHN DOE," (he was assigned an alias name and birth date/ birth year). The report also states, that the driver denied knowing any information about my son. My daughter who was critically injured awoke in spurts, after the crash only to catch a glimpse of her brother dying, and then she passed out due to the extremities of her pain as a result to her severe, life threatening injuries. The family of the drunk driver, and of the occupant (male with the broken leg), have all laid blame on my daughter for not relaying news to the authorities regarding her brother's identity and for not letting the authorities know where to locate me, at the time of the incident, only to lift the weight and the burden off of the ones who were able to speak – the 3 male surviving occupants . They have stated to me, that this should have been her responsibility, and have thus overlooked the fact that she herself, was fighting to survive, and was in no condition to give information or speak, because she was not conscious. TIME MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE Later, I would come to find, that my son, Christian fought for nearly an hour to live. Yet, I was not notified about the crash up until 5 hours later. My daughter, Nya nearly died, and none of the surviving male occupants (who were conscious) thought it was important enough to inform me about my children and their condition. The lack of cooperation from all three surviving males, involved in the crash, caused for delays in getting this vital information to me and my family in a timely manner; it sent Florida Highway Patrol (F.H.P) on a wild goose chase to contact authorities in New York, where they then tried to reach me, all because they chose not to provide this information. My son was alive- and I was not there for him. I did not know that he was hurt and that he was dying. It is devastating to have to live with knowing this. Knowing that no one cared enough to do the right thing when it counted. Knowing that maybe I could have been there at the hospital, to be my son's voice, when he had none. Knowing that maybe if I had been there, we may have been offered some options, and decisions could have made. But they took that from my family when they fell silent in front of the authorities and withheld information to protect the drunk driver. I fear that the intent [on the behalf of the 3 surviving occupants lack of cooperation was to cause massive confusion for the authorities, and for my family, and I suspect that they may have been also seeking to place blame elsewhere (let me remind you, that I was told by the hospital staff twice upon first receiving news of my son’s passing, that Christian was the driver of the vehicle and that turned out to be a lie). Knowing full well (at the time of the crash), that his cousin(s) may have [both] died, due to his reckless crime, Anthony Vazquez, Jr. did not cooperate with police authorities at all; not even to provide minimal information regarding Christian and Nya Santiago, instead he opted to plead the 5th, and chose not to identify himself with Christian or Nya, nor did he willingly submit to a blood test, therefore it took police nearly 5 hours to obtain a warrant from a judge so that one could be issued. Anthony Vazquez Jr., is still not in police custody. Information has come to light, that there will be no license suspension, until an arrest is made, and no arrest made, until BAC results are back in (in which we were told, takes 3-6 months). Hence, Anthony Vazquez, Jr. is still free to resume operating motor vehicles and he is doing just that, placing the lives of more civilians at risk. I am asking those who read this petition to take into account that there is a life lost, and that there is irreparable lifelong damage to my family. I am asking those who read this to consider the lack of information, communication, and support that was given to my family, during the most critical moments of Christian's life and death, by all three surviving males, involved in the car crash on May 31st, 2015. I am urging those who read this petition, to please support me in seeking, Justice4Christian. By signing this petition, you will help the justice system to prosecute to the maximum sentence of all charges. In advance, I would like to thank all those who support my cause for justice. God Bless. Christian Joshua Santiago Feb. 12, 1993- May 31, 2015. A beautiful, family oriented, intelligent young man with his whole life ahead of him. He was a loving older brother, son, and grandson. He had just passed the NYC Sanitation Dept. test and he would have been very excited to work for the city. He was continuing his education while tutoring students at Bronx Community College. Christian had a huge fan following on social media (18k on just one page), and was loved by so many. He had a positive outlook on life, a kind heart, and always put others before himself. Christian was a spirited young man who had so many dreams, and was ambitious enough to go after those dreams. He was a free-lance model and runway model in his spare time, but he was sought after by many photographers and up and coming designers. Christian J. Santiago was a beautiful man with a beautiful soul. May God rest his soul, and may there be justice here on earth. Link to article in Orlando Sentinel re: the fatal car crash: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orange-fatal-crash-20150531-story.html
Petition to NJ Transit/Coach USA and World Wide Public Transportation
Stop reckless, aggressive, and rude bus drivers from carelessly taking young innocent lives like Deshon Johnson.
Hello, My name is Naomi Johnson, Deshon Johnson's mother, and I am looking to pass a bill honoring my son Deshon Johnson to make a positive change for other victims everywhere. I want the bill to focus on preventing tragic deaths. I know the bill will not be a remedy to bring back loved ones, but I would like it to implement safety awareness and jail time for the bus drivers. I want a memorial at the location where Deshon's life ended or a street adopted and named in Deshon's honor. I am heartbroken every day thinking about how tragic Deshon’s death was. On the morning of July 18th, 2012 there is footage of Deshon Johnson patiently arriving at the seven eleven at 10:30 am and waiting for the bus till the bus arrived at 10:48 am. Deshon was patiently waiting at the bus stop to go to work. Once Deshon notices the bus time arrival he had gotten up to signal the bus to stop. Instead of the bus driver stopping to pick up his passengers he continues to speed through the green light and around the sharp corner. Deshon flagged the bus to stop again, but the bus kept on going speeding around the corner and the bus never stopped to pick him up. So, Deshon ran a few steps down from the bus stop on the corner of Bay Ave and Broad Street. My son banged on the front door while he was at the corner of the handicapped sidewalk. The Community Coach bus driver run over my child twice knocking him down. Romaine was driver driving NJ Transit bus when he dragged Deshon 50 to 100 feet to his death. There needs to be a law that allows overseeing company like Community Coach that is based in Scotland to hold these bus drivers accountable for these countless death. It is hard to get in contact with Coach to make a complaint. Deshon was not the only person that was killed by a bus driver, and no arrest or charges have been brought against the driver to this day. On January 23, 2012, a Coach USA bus driver took 21-year-old Christie Noble-Ross life who is a neighbor that lived on the same floor across the hall from Deshon Johnson. While Christie Nobel was on her way dropping her son off to daycare. The bus came around the corner of Main and South Harrison streets in East Orange killing her on impact. These cases by the Essex County Prosecutor Detective are dismissed and labeled as an accident without further investigation and this needs to stop. When a bus is speeding on residential roads above the speed limit, and turning around the corner at a fast speed it should not be considered an accident. That is negligence and murder. The prosecutors never pull up the drivers' record to see if he had other fatality/fractions. or his cell phone records to see if he was distracted. Needless to say, the driver had a prior accident before killing my son and after killing my son. The driver had to take up defensive driving course before killing my son. The drivers also have to break in entry charges. These prior incidents speak the value of the driver misbehaved personality traits. I live every day with the lawyer showing me a picture of my son's remains over the road and with the detail description about how my son's brain was in the bus wheel by retired judge Lawrence evil inhuman behavior to mentally break me down. He shows no type of humanity about my son get killed, instead, he was trying to blame my son for his death. I live with these images torrent me for the rest of my life. Please help us bring justice for Deshon Johnson and bring an end to the abuse of the NJ Transit and Coach USA bus drivers putting our lives at risk every day just to catch a bus. In November 2012 the Johnson's Family civil lawyer Brad hired a criminal lawyer to be a liaison between the Prosecutor's office and the family to pass on new information. Needless to say, the lawyer failed to do his job, took our money and Deshon's killer walked away a free man and his case were closed in Feb. 2013. The criminal lawyer Saluti was referred to us to work as an extension of the prosecutor's office. Now the bus driver is back to work supporting his family but Deshon is unable to go back to his job to support (me) his disable mother. This legalizes murder needs to stop!!!
Petition to Eric Greitens
Spare Russell a painful death and stay his execution
The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled Russell Bucklew to be executed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. His previous execution date in 2014 was stayed by the United States Supreme Court because of his rare health condition that could cause him great pain during the execution process. Sign this petition to ask Governor Greitens to show mercy and spare Russell a painful, gruesome death. Russell's medical condition, cavernous hemangioma, causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. During the execution process, tumors in his nose and throat could rupture and bleed. The U.S. Supreme Court already found his medical condition reason to stay his execution in 2014. Today, Russell continues to suffer from this same condition. Carrying out this death sentence would be inhumane, especially in the context of many other recent botched executions around the country. Sign this petition now to ask Governor Greitens to stay Russell's execution. Russell was convicted and sentenced to death by a Boone County jury in 1997. He has been in prison for two decades now, and an inhumane execution will not restore or undo the harm he caused so long ago. We do not ask that he be exempt from accountability for his crimes - we only ask that Missouri avoid its own horrific display of how the state can use its power to take life so ineffectively and inhumanely. Our justice system, and particularly our response to violence, fails to heal our communities. We need a response to crime that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence. The death penalty is rife with errors and inconsistencies, fails to deter crime, and has a steep cost in not only financial but human terms. Death is not justice, and we should not execute this man. EDIT: In light of the recent Buzzfeed investigation revealing that Missouri's source of lethal injection drugs is a backwater, shady pharmacy with multiple citations and lawsuits against it, we must stop this execution. As BuzzFeed found, "Foundation Care, a 14-year-old pharmacy based in the suburbs of St. Louis that has been repeatedly found to engage in hazardous pharmaceutical procedures and whose cofounder has been been accused of regularly ordering prescription medications for himself without a doctor’s prescription... Foundation Care is what is known as a compounding pharmacy, one that mixes specialty drugs that are not readily available on the market. These pharmacies are more loosely regulated than traditional manufacturers, and slipshod practices at some of them have led to tainted drugs and deadly disease outbreaks." Foundation Care has also had multiple lawsuits from employees, one of which is ongoing and alleges that "Foundation Care violated state or federal regulations by reselling drugs returned by patients, purposefully omitting the names of ingredients in drugs it prepared, and failing to notify other states about a $300,000 settlement with Kansas over allegations of Medicaid fraud. The suit also accuses one of the pharmacy’s founders of 'regularly and frequently' ordering prescription medications for himself without a prescription, a crime that carries up to a year behind bars. One of the employees alleged that during a dispute with the founders, she was held against her will and feared she would be physically struck."
Petition to Chris Koster, Loretta Lynch, Richard Callahan, St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper, St. Louis American Newspaper, NEW YORK TIMES, USA Today
Free "Oscar Mims" : Prosecuting Attorney and Court Officials Bullying An Innocent Man To Plead Guilty To A Crime He Has Not Committed
An innocent man, Oscar Mims is being detained and being bullied (for over 2 years) to plead guilty to a crime he has not committed. A great injustice is being done. Please do not just sit by and watch this system imprison this man to 10 years in prison for a crime that has never been committed. On June 4, 2013 Oscar Mims was arrested and taken away from his residence in St. Louis, Missouri without justifiable cause or reason, and is still being illegally detained against his will. When we asked the Federal Agents why were they at our home for Oscar one of the Agents responded, “We really don’t have nothing on you. We just had to come here because your name was on the list.” This is an illegal wiretapping case. During the Evidentiary Hearing on September 25, 2013, the Lead DEA Agent (Mr. Hofer) testified under oath that there was no type of surveillance conducted on Oscar Mims & there is no evidence against Oscar Mims either : - NO confidential source - NO physical surveillance - NO cooperating defendant - NO undercover agents - NO mobile tracking device - NO trash search - NO search warrant and congenial searches - NO narcotics related arrest - NO interviews, grand jury subpoenas , immunity - NO pen registers, trap and trace devices- - NO precision location into - NO mail cover request and financial investigation So if none of these investigative tools were used on Oscar Mims, why is he being held without bond for over 2 year & 39 days (to date) now and there’s no evidence on him in this case and the Prosecuting Attorney is still pushing for a conviction. This makes no sense. In numerous Suppression Hearings (presided over by Judge David Noce) and PreTrial Hearings (presided over by Judge Rodney Sippel), Oscar repeatedly reminded the Judges how no type of surveillance was conducted on him & that even the Lead DEA Agent stated in the Evidentiary Hearing that no evidence was gathered against him. But Judge Sippel simply replies back, “Well that’s what we’re going to trial for. We’ll let the jury decide.” Since 2013 Judge Sippel has also said he would not release Oscar on bond stating, “He is a threat to society.” How can you deem a man who is being unlawfully detained & has never been a violent offender as being a “threat to society.” The judge is just making up false accusation to justify/coverup/hide the injustice that Oscar is encountering. Judge Sippel won’t let Oscar Mims out on bond by stating he’s a “threat to society” ……. But all the while this same judge keeps telling Oscar, “Well the offer is still on the table, we’ll let you go with time served if you just plead guilty. And you can make it home to be with your family by Memorial Day …. by 4th of July.” Oscar Mims is not the threat. The threat is actually in this fraudulent case being EXPOSED and THE TRUTH getting out. This is what the Judge & the Prosecuting Attorney (FEDS) want to keep hidden from you & from the public’s eye. The US Prosecuting Attorney (Kenneth Tihen) does not want to let this go. He is being too prideful to admit he made a mistake, that Oscar Mims should not have ever been picked up & should not be further detained. The US Prosecuting Attorney Tihen would rather hold on to his pride & watch another man’s life be unlawfully stripped away for another 10 years for a crime he has not committed. Since 2013 Oscar was never told nor read the charges that are before him. Therefore he has never pled guilty or not guilty to anything. During a Pretrial Hearing earlier this year (2015) with Judge Sippel, Oscar brought this to the Judge’s attention, and the Judge told Oscar that was incorrect. The Judge then asked the Prosecuting Attorney Tihen if the charges against Oscar Mims were read to him during the Evidentiary Hearing and approved & stamped certified. The Prosecuting Attorney Tihen did not reply. So Oscar asked the Judge to research it for himself & he’ll see it was never done. At the next Pretrial Hearing Judge Sippel said he did review the transcript from the Evidentiary Hearing & told Oscar, “The Hearing states that you waived your right to know the charges that are before you.” Oscar stated to the Judge, “I never waived my rights. Where does it say that?” With Oscar demanding to see this certified copy for himself, the Judge recanted and then said, “Well you didn’t waive it, your Lawyer did it for you.” Oscar responded, “When did he waive my rights for me. I never asked him to do that.” With careful research we have learned that Judge Sippel chose & appointed Attorney Eric Butts as Oscar Mims Public Defender in regards to this case. From the very beginning, over 2 years ago, Oscar has had problems with this appointed Public Defender. Oscar has even written letters to the National Bar Association to express the problems, only for them to reply back in so many words, “We can’t help you. We don’t have a lawyer to appoint to you. You’ll just have to get yourself another lawyer on your own.” Of what good is the National Bar Association? The Prosecuting attorney is trying to charge Oscar Mims with a crime to face 10 years in jail for something he did not do. Is the National Bar Association really not concerned about that. Seriously what is their purpose? Is it to be a storage facility for incoming letters by local citizens about complaints & misrepresentation? Seriously, what is their purpose? So they can’t or won’t assist Oscar with getting another Lawyer. This case against Oscar Mims should have been thrown out from the very beginning since the Evidentiary Hearing on September 25, 2013, as well as during every Suppression Hearing & Pretrial Hearing that has taken place thereafter. Both Judges presiding over this case have the authority to dismiss this case at any time. Every time Oscar goes before Judge Sippel, Oscar points out to him each of the facts/issues that have been presented here. And each and every time the Judge responds back, “Well that’s what we’re going to trial for. We’ll let the Jury decide.” Then Oscar responds, “With all of this information I’m presenting before you I should not be going to trial. I should not have even been picked up. I should not even be here.” And every time this Judge responds back to Oscar, “Oh we’re going to trial, we’re definitely going to trial.” The Judge even tosses around with a smile in his voice, “I do believe the Plea Bargain is still on the table for you Mr. Mims, is that correct Prosecuting Attorney, are we still able to revisit that?” And each and every time the Prosecuting Attorney responds back with, “Yes, the offer is still on the table for Mr. Mims.” Oscar is encountering various levels of injustice, deceit & racism from the Judges, Prosecuting Attorney & his Public Defender. All of whom are Caucasians. From our research here is another clear example of it : The Plea Bargain offer on the table since March 2015 is, “If you plead guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney & the Court will let you go in 2 more months with time served.” So then the questions arise : 1. Time served for “What?” 2. This Plea Bargain has never been given to Oscar in writing. 3. Since it has not been submitted to Oscar in writing, it is not a concrete agreement, therefore it is subject to change by the Judge at any time. 4. Attorney Butts (Oscar’s Attorney) has never made mention or given any information to Oscar about #2 and #3. If someone is being paid to be your Lawyer, they are suppose to have your best interest at heart. Since the very beginning & even up to this day, Attorney Butts does not. And he has also never told Oscar that he has/is presenting a Counter Offer of any sort to the Judge & Prosecuting Attorney. How about a Counter Offer of, “I submitted to the Judge & Prosecuting Attorney to let you go with all charges dropped.” 5. Attorney Butts has said nothing on Oscar’s behalf. All the more reason to validate he is not working for Oscar, but for the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney. 6. Oscar’s lawyer (Attorney Butts) is not even trying to present the facts the “Lead DEA Agent” said during sworn testimony in the Evidentiary Hearing. The Lead DEA Agent clearly said he has no type of surveillance & no evidence against Oscar Mims. Oscar is not going to plead guilty to any charges because he has not committed any crime. With further research we learned that if he were to plead guilty, then all the transcripts from this case regarding him would be destroyed, forever lost & no one would be able to access, review or research this case & the injustice being orchestrated here in St. Louis, Missouri by Judges Noce & Sippel, and Attorneys Tihen & Butts. With all the injustice Oscar has encountered for over 2 years from this case, it is almost factual that him going to trial would also be unjustly. How is this factual? Because, Oscar does not have an Attorney that is working on his behalf. He will not have a fair trial & he will not have a jury of his peers. The jury will be interviewed, screened & hand selected by the 3 individuals that are set on wanting to see an innocent man go to jail. (Those 3 individuals are Judge Sippel, Attorney Tihen, and Attorney Butts). This case has been set for jury trial on : August 31, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 16-South at the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse 111 South 10th Street St. Louis, MO 63102 ___________________________________Letter Please join us in calling on these Officials & Newspapers to investigate the bullying, unlawful detaining and release of Oscar Mims : Eastern District of Missouri US Attorney, Richard Callahan Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch St. Louis American Newspaper St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper New York Times USA Today I’m writing you today to call for justice for Oscar Mims and his family. Oscar Mims has been unlawfully detained for a crime that does not extist & he has not committed. He is being bullied with the options to plead guilty or go to trial. During the Evidentiary Hearing the Lead DEA Agent (Mr Hofer) testified there was no evidence against Oscar Mims because no type of surveillance was ever conducted on him. We ask that you release Oscar Mims & drop all charges against him, so that he may be able to resume his life and continue taking care of his family that love & miss him dearly. Please uphold justice. ---------------------- Sincerely,