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Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump, President of the United States

Release Corvain Cooper from Life Imprisonment Without Parole for Marijuana

On June 18, 2014, Corvain T. Cooper was convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte for the crime of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  This was a non-violent crime.  Corvain Cooper did not use any violence, or even threaten any violence, in this case.  Despite former Attorney General Eric Holder's promise not to seek life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, the United States Attorney sought and obtained a life sentence under the Federal "Three Strikes" law.  Corvain Cooper's two prior felonies that were the first two strikes were a conviction in California for possession of marijuana, and one conviction for possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription. When he was sent to prison for the rest of his life for selling marijuana, Corvain Cooper was 34 years old, a father to two young daughters, ages 4 and 8, a fiancee, a son, a friend, and a small business owner selling clothing and footwear. Corvain appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing that his sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a non-violent drug offense as Cruel and Unusual Punishment.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld this injustice, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. After his direct appeals concluded, the State of California enacted Proposition 47 and Proposition 64 as part of legislative drug law reforms after California legalized marijuana.  Both laws permitted people like Corvain Cooper to apply to the courts to vacate their marijuana or drug felony convictions, and replace them with misdemeanor convictions.  Corvain Cooper successfully applied, and both of his felony convictions were thrown out.  Both of the "two strikes" were vacated, meaning that Corvain Cooper was no longer eligible for the "Three Strikes" law. We filed a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255 in the Federal court, challenging his life sentence under the "Three Strikes" law - since two of the three strikes were no longer felonies, he should not receive a life sentence. The Federal courts have denied our challenge.  The case is once again before the United States Supreme Court.  If the Court allows this sentence to stand, this man will never see his family again. In 2016, we submitted an application for clemency with President Barack Obama, asking him to commute this grossly unjust sentence of life imprisonment for a non-violent drug offense.  Unfortunately, before he left office, President Obama denied our clemency petition. I have been representing Corvain Cooper since his sentencing in 2014.  Because his family has been unable to afford legal fees, I have been representing him for free - pro bono.  I have pledged to continue to fight for this young man, who is a genuinely good person who does not deserve this Draconian punishment. Join us in asking President Donald J. Trump to stop the madness of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and commute Corvain Cooper's sentence so his daughters can grow up with a father. For more information, contact: Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq. Halscott Megaro, P.A. 1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195 Orlando, FL 32807 USA Phone: (407) 255-2164 pmegaro@halscottmegaro.com http://www.halscottmegaro.com

Patrick Michael Megaro
78,092 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Governor

FREE BARRY DENTON. 1st termer on his 18th year of a 30 year sentence for robbery (unarmed)

Barry Denton (P96760), has been incarcerated within the California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 18 years and counting. Barry, is a first termer who was struck out under the California Three Strikes Law, in where his juvenile case was used to complete the three strike process. His crime was committed in Long Beach, California, where he grew up under the optismistic eyes of two loving parents who support his cause for freedom. Barry's days as a minor speaks to the radical shift into crime due to the fact that he graduated from Wilson High School in Long Beach, California (1997), was employed and attending college at the time of his arrest, while playing a pivotal role within his family structure.  Barry, committed a robbery P.C. 212.5 when he was 20 years old, and no, this is not a plot to garner leniency due to his age, but we all feel that society recognizes that the time should fit the crime and Barry  has exceeded the ascribed time allocated for his crime 5 times over when you consider Barry's sentence: 25+5-to-life under the Three Strikes Law. He is now 39 years old and, as he expresses, a stark contrast of who he once was in his younger days when he was trying to discover his place in society.  A gun was not used in the commission of the crime and  no one was hurt or touched. Ordinarily,  a crime of this nature would warrant less than 5 years, and oftentimes probation but this is not the case. We want to bring Barry home and we all agree that he deserves a second chance at a life he never had, especially considering his  accomplishments inside of prison.  Barry, is apart of https://www.change.org/p/jerry-brown-free-the-3-000-nonviolent-inmates-still-imprisoned-under-three-strikes-in-california that is gaining momentum to free three strikers through a petition to the Governor of California. And,  https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_57,_Parole_for_Non-Violent_Criminals_and_Juvenile_Court_Trial_Requirements_(2016) helped Barry by reducing his sentence (Prop. 57 deducted 3 years). But, it still leaves him with more time to do for an unarmed robbery after 18 years. It is time for Barry Denton to have that second chance at life. Let's band together and promote this petition and inspire the Governor of California to free Barry from this egregious sentence with a Sentence Commutation or Executive Clemency in the interest of justice.  He has become an advocate for peace inside of prison, becoming the Chairman of the Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) https://avpcalifornia.org facilitator, while acquiring the necessary skills in his college studies, various self-help groups like GOGI (Getting Out By Going In) Leadership Program https://gettingoutbygoingin.org and Vocational Welding that equips him with the tools to be productive in society. The beginning years of his incarceration was rocky and confusing to say the least. But as he declares, Barry has figured out how to be the facilitator of his own destiny, avoiding the pitfalls of prison violence for over 10 years now.  Words from Barry: Since my incarceration I have experienced numerous struggles and triumphs. I have undergone an evolution that equates to a transformation of a notable kind where I recognize the power in redemption, and along with God's grace, I have survived the many pitfalls that have defeated so many. Prison is a place of defeat and shattered dreams that leaves the soul yearning for the unreachable. Many trapped behind the walls fail to see the motivating force that causes the spirit, the mind, and heart to seek something contrary to the historical plight that lands us in the cages of consequence. But, there are some who get into the operation of change and become apart of the solution. When I began to operate on myself, healing and patching up old wounds and emotional lacerations that ran deep, I begin to realize where I went wrong. There was nothing and no one to blame but myself. I had to stand tall in accountability and this moment gave me the power and awareness to understand that i am more than my environment. I am more than the street culture that has ruined so many lives. I am more than just a number to be counted and analyzed for statistical fodder inside of prisons. I am an element of change where I can be a gift to set the course of dysfunction along a path of correction. This is my purpose. One of service to society and also to myself. We have a social and moral obligation to make the world livable, loveable, and consciously unique. It is the price we pay for existing where others have perished. It is the road we pave for forthcoming generations who deserve something better than the hardships that have hardened the hearts of so many. This is what I am striving to do. On the inside I am in the trenches striving to change the culture of prison one handshake at a time. I want to see a world where lockup fails to be the first option and those who are confused, I want to be the light that shows them the option. I feel i am ready to be apart of the greater society and I want to add value to the process of world building and I am only asking for my moment. I am a husband, a father, a son to unwavering parents, and a child of God. I am a champion of changing this notion that prison is the dumpsite of America and I work to ensure that a better world can exist within the electric fence so that the beauty in redemption spills out into society so that you and I can live in eternal peace. I want to  step into the next phase of righting my wrongs. This is the accumulation of justice and us uniting as a people to recognize that Change is possible if we are to believe in the civic and social obligations of our democracy. Please sign the petition and give life a chance. Let's forge an undying pulse beating within the hearts of humanity and allow freedom to persist in the face of harsh sentencing laws. Be proactive. Let Governor Brown know that there lies a people on the inside of prison walls who have the power and potential to be elements of the answer .

The Denton Family
189 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jeff Sessions, Deirdre Fike, Chief of Police Charlie Beck, Jonathan Lucas, M.D, Sarah Isgur Flores, Chief of Police Sandra Spagnoli, District Attorney Jackie Lacey, President of the United States

Marilyn Monroe deserves to have her death certificate changed!

I am a private investigator conducting an investigation into the true facts surrounding the death of Marilyn Monroe. My objective is to petition the correction of Marilyn's death certificate and requesting that the Attorney General open a criminal investigation surrounding her death. There was really never an investigation to start with.  I have always believed Marilyn Monroe was murdered along with most of the people in this world. If you look at all of the stories, books, testimonies, and even evidence then there is no reason that Marilyn Monroe’s death certificate should not be changed from probable suicide to murder. If not that, then at least accidental death.I feel that there should be a correction on Marilyn's death certificate and I am requesting that the Attorney General open the criminal investigation surrounding her death. There are two people alive who have never asked to give a statement for an investigation but were present when Marilyn Monroe took her last breath, and that is LAPD Sgt. Marvin D. Iannone who was later promoted to Chief of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Marvin Iannone dismissed the other officers from the scene the day Marilyn Monroe was found dead. Iannone was seen by several witnesses talking to Peter Lawford and assisting Lawford while cleaning up the cottage where the actual death took place. Iannone had been known to take care of Bobby Kennedy whenever Bobby came into town. How can we allow a man who pledged to protect and serve get away with actually taking part in a possible murder and/or more? And then there is Pat Newcomb (Wigan) who was supposed to have been Marilyn’s friend. Before the police could seal the house once Marilyn's body was taken away, the police noticed that Pat Newcomb kept looking through drawers and going into Marilyn’s bedroom. The police had to physically remove her. After the funeral, Pat Newcomb flew to the "Kennedy compound” at Hyannisport, Massachusetts. After that, Newcomb left the country and remained away for six months. During this period from August 1962 to February 1963, she visited Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Denmark, and Switzerland. When she returned to this country she was put on the government payroll as an information specialist  (motion pictures) for the U.S. Information Agency, 1776 Penn. Ave.  N.W., Washington, D.C. Don’t you think this is a little interesting? I do! Time is running out since Ms. Pat Newcomb is 87 years old and Mr. Iannone is 83 years old. Please help by making things right. It’s time for Marilyn Monroe to have her death cleared once and for all. And, for those who took part in her death to be criminally responsible for aiding and abetting in the death of Marilyn Monroe. It’s a disgrace that so many people have made millions of dollars out of the death of Marilyn.  The one thing that has never changed in over 53 years is the people involved, the time frame of events and the real manner of death.         

Ariel Investigations
553 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

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

Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights

On a brisk October afternoon, I left for an appointment at a rape crisis center. Fifteen minutes later, I faced a challenge more daunting than the rape that brought me there: America's unequal justice system for rape survivors.I struggled to have my basic rights recognized by the criminal justice system. Through my fight, I learned that survivor rights are not equal across the US. Over forty states have backlogs in untested kits. Some states do not cover the full medical expenses of a kit, leaving survivors to pay their own way towards justice.A handful of states don’t even notify the survivor when they permanently dispose of a rape kit. Instead, different states provide different rights. Even worse, no states provide survivors with all of the common-sense rights they deserve.My fight is not mine alone. Instead, it is a crisis for 25 million survivors across America, and I've come together with citizens, advocates, and legislators to do something about it. We're fighting for a comprehensive Bill of Rights for all survivors, including: The right to be notified of your rights in clear language The right to know your own medical information from your own rape kit The right not to have to pay for your own rape kit The right to a copy of your own police report After my experience, I wanted to help others. So I started an organization called Rise, dedicated to protecting the rights of sexual assault survivors. Today, we're close to an important victory. We've introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress that would help protect these rights across our country, so that justice does not depend on geography. But we need your help.Join us by signing this petition and calling on your Senators and Representatives to pass this important legislation now. Amanda Nguyen President & Founder, Rise

Amanda Nguyen
140,303 supporters