Criminal Justice

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Eric Greitens

#SpareRussell a painful death - 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. Russell faces a heightened risk of a botched execution due to medical condition and Missouri's shady source of drugs. 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. And because of his condition, lethal injection drugs may not circulate properly. Anesthesia could be rendered ineffective, and he could choke and slowly bleed to death. 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 for killing a romantic rival. 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." Learn more about Russell, Missouri, and the broken death penalty at our website:

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
11,150 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

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.)    

Paul House + TADP
16,652 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Harold H. Shaw

FBI called for in the Maura Murray Missing Person Case/Possible Homicide

Please listen to Fred Murray's interview with Christine James from WATD. This is WHY the FBI needs to TAKE OVER this case and get the answers.  'We The People' are asking for the FBI to take over the investigation into the Maura Murray Missing case that is surrounded by inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and what seems to be a lack of a proper investigation.    PLEASE check out the trailer for the upcoming documentary by the Texas Crew Production Team that will air Sept. 30th 2017 @ 9:00 pm on the Oxygen Network.    On February 9th 2004 Maura Murray's black 1996 Saturn SL2 was found disabled beside the road and the driver had vanished in the span of about 2 minutes. This occurred on Rte 112 in Haverhill NH around 7 pm at an area close to the Weathered Barn corner and was called into 9-1-1 at 7:27 by a witness (faith Westman) that lives on the corner and heard an acceleration and a thud. The Haverhill NH police determined the car spun out and hit a tree at the scene and Tim Westman is adamant that is what occurred as well, the Westman's DID NOT see the accident occur. Accident re-constructionist have since determined the Saturn did not hit any trees and that the damage was more than likely caused by a solid stationary object or a solid object at the same height as the damage on the Saturn and was consistent with that occurring. There was also a rag found stuffed into the tailpipe of the Saturn and was noticed by EMT personnel and the info was relayed to Sgt. Cecil Smith. The Officer then went to the 9-1-1 callers home and stated "Did you see the female, there was a rag stuffed in the tailpipe." WHY would he give out this info..? Law Enforcement has also pushed the suicide scenario as well as a walk away Drunk Driver from day one. WHY..? Witness statements of those passing by the scene have stated seeing an SUV cruiser with the #001 on it but this unit was not supposed to be on duty or involved in this incident at all. It has been stated by Haverhill PD that the #001 SUV was 'Out of Service' that evening and it is not possible the witness saw said SUV. The first officer officially on scene according the the dispatch log was #002 in a Sedan operated by Officer Cecil Smith. The BOL that evening was only put out to the incoming fire department unit which would have been coming from the West. There was no BOL put out to any other towns in the area especially to the East towards the Easton, Franconia, N. Woodstock and the Lincoln area. This is a concern because the route of travel for the Saturn was in the easterly direction towards these towns. On Tuesday February 10th 2004 a BOL was put out around noon and again this did not include any jurisdictions to the east. There are only a couple towns notified and these were all to the West. The search that evening consisted of talking to the 2 nearby 9-1-1 callers to get their info, other that that no other neighbors were talked to until 3 days later. Also the area to the EAST of the scene was NOT looked at until 72 hours later. The Saturn was traveling EAST when the car spun out and became disabled. We The People feel that Law Enforcement looked at this case in the wrong light and the so-called real investigation did not start til about one week later. We truly feel this investigation was handled improperly and since that evening things have only gotten much worse. There is much more to this case than meets the eye and the FBI is needed to bring answers to the case, closure to the Murray Family and Justice for all. We ask that once You sign this petition that You also write a sincere letter to the FBI requesting their involvement in the Mysterious case of Maura Murray that went missing... 13 1/2 years ago now. Please help this family put an end to the unanswered questions and let Fred Murray and loved ones have some final Peace and closure. FBI Boston One Center Plaza Suite 600 Boston, MA 02108 Phone: (617) 742-5533Fax: (617) 223-6327 E-mail: Special Agent in Charge: Harold H. Shaw Fred Murray, Maura's distraught father and his family has been trying for 11 1/2 years (now 13 1/2) to get the FBI inserted into this case. Mr. Murray now feels that the FBI needs to TAKE OVER the case and intensely look into the disappearance of his daughter Maura. Mr. Murray feels this is THE ONLY WAY TO SOLVE THE CASE. PLEASE help the Murray Family......You have the power to make a difference because 'WE ARE THE PEOPLE' and We have a voice. Thank You John E. Smith, Investigator @ Truth Seekers Investigations Group Bethlehem, NH 03574 You can read more and listen to the Podcasts at the following link. I am a former NH Police Officer and a Private Detective for 6 years. This needs to be solved and people need to be able to trust their local law enforcement as well as feel that they are safe in their own community.  

Truth Seekers Investigations
19,552 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to New York State Senate

Proposal for Better Protection for child victims of sexual abuse.

Currently in NYS there is no law to stop predators that are serving sentence from obtaining pictures of children and their victims while in prison. Unless it is specified in a restraining order that a convicted sex offender can’t have photographs, they can. Who would have thought this would be something a victim’s family would even have to worry about, once their attacker was convicted? It should be a given that photos would not be allowed given the nature of the crime, and the sentence that follows. My granddaughter was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father. It had occurred over an extended period of time, and January of 2015, she finally was able to tell us what had happened. We spent 8 long months in and out of family and criminal court and in August 2015 he was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Upon investigation, it was confirmed by the correctional facility that he indeed had pictures of his daughter, which in this case was his victim. Someone had mailed him pictures, and we still don’t know who and I was told nothing could be done to stop anyone from sending him any. This is so wrong! No convicted criminal of any sex crime, especially against a child should be allowed pictures of them, or any child for that matter. He is still abusing her behind bars! He is still able to look at her and see her. While I understand that our prisons are overcrowded and although the mail is checked, and the workers don’t know what crimes the prisoners are in there for, there needs to be a better system in place. There HAS to be a way to stop this! I spoke with the Superintendent of the prison. Sex offenders are in a different unit and that mail gets looked at by different people. That being said, if that is the case then they can be told about that particular section and should be to confiscate any pictures sent to the prisoners. I also think their needs to be penalties for those that send them. Nothing is impossible! There has to be a way to protect the innocent! The effects of this type of trauma last a lifetime. We see it every day. We see the pain and heartache our granddaughter goes through, as she is trying to deal with and survive this nightmare and the fact that someone she trusted took her childhood and made her grow up to fast. I would like to propose a law to stop these criminals from being allowed to obtain and have photos based on the nature on the crime. Kaelynn’s Law to Protect the Innocent. I am asking for your support on this. We need to be advocates for these children! We need to stop the abusers from still being able to abuse! Please sign and share this with as many people as you can. The more signatures,the more voices and the better chance someone will listen.                                                        

2,840 supporters