Petition to President of the United States
Clemency for Ross Ulbricht, Serving Double Life for a Website
My son, Ross Ulbricht, is serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole, 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 and no criminal history. This is a sentence that shocks the conscience. The website Silk Road was an e-commerce platform similar to eBay, where individual users chose what to list for sale. Both legal and illegal items were sold, most commonly small amounts of cannabis. Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people. 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 unproven allegations at sentencing. Ross did not get a fair trial and his sentence was draconian. Justice was not served. We, the undersigned, seek mercy for Ross Ulbricht. He told the court that 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’s life history clearly shows he is a compassionate young man with much to contribute. 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 tutored, led classes, and generally 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 and dreams of a future where he can be reunited with his loved ones, and use his education, knowledge and skills to give to his community and society as a whole. Please sign this petition and help us bring Ross home. Learn more about Ross Ulbricht here.
Petition to Pete Ricketts
Stop the Scheduled Execution!
Sign this petition now to stop Nebraska from taking a step backwards with their first execution in over 20 years. In 2016, after a bipartisan super-majority in Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature voted to repeal the death penalty, Governor Pete Ricketts personally funded a referendum effort to reinstate the failed program. He then changed the protocol to a combination of drugs that has never before been used in a lethal injection, secretly acquired the drugs from an undisclosed supplier, and set a date for Nebraska’s first execution since 1997. That date is quickly approaching - Tuesday, August 14th. Governor Ricketts is Catholic but has claimed that the death penalty is an exception to his church's long-standing emphasis on the sanctity of all human life. However, Pope Francis just changed the catechism to make the church’s teaching crystal clear: the death penalty is inadmissible in every way, with no exceptions.* As Catholics, other people of faith, and concerned citizens, we call on Governor Ricketts: answer the call of all three of Nebraska's bishops and do not resume executions in Nebraska!
Petition to Matt Mead
Justice for Veteran John Knospler
John Knospler, a decorated Marine with multiple combat tours with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, and 1st Special Operations Training Group, is in need of our help. John honorably served 8 years and 3 combat deployments serving our country. Due to some extremely unfortunate circumstances, John has become a victim of injustice. In October 2013, John was invited out to a veteran-sponsored hunting trip with friends and family to Keeline, Wyoming. After a day of hunting, John went to get a drink at a place called "Racks". There was a terrible winter blizzard that evening. When he was ready to leave, rather than drive drunk, he decided to sleep in his car. John was startled awake to James Baldwin, a Casper local and career criminal, punching through John’s driver-side car window, lunging at John, and threatening to kill him. James Baldwin had a long and violent criminal history (18 felony counts of vehicle burglary, as well as multiple counts of assault and evading police). Knospler attempted to start a manual transmission Chevy Cobalt and drive away, but was unable, due to Baldwin’s assault and the weather conditions during the blizzard. During the struggle, and in pure self-defense, John drew his pistol and shot Baldwin so that he could evade the scene safely, he didn't know if the attacker was acting alone. John then headed to the local police station. He was pulled over one block from the police station. There are clearly some very questionable if not illegal actions that have taken place against John Knospler. The case was tried locally and while the facts, which are highlighted below, clearly prove self-defense, John was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 30-50 years in prison. Listed below are some undisputed facts of the case. Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as: 1) an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, nor committed in a reasonable "heat of passion"; or 2) a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender's obvious lack of concern for human life. The state expert investigator, John Daily, was commissioned by the assistant DA and confirmed through forensic evidence that Baldwin (Attacker) broke into the window of John Knosplers vehicle and attacked him. The state expert confirmed that John Knospler tried to flee the situation during the attack and was unable due to weather. The states expert confirmed the window was punched out. Picture and medical evidence shows Baldwin's knuckles and right arm were cut from the glass when Baldwin punched out the window. The State Expert concluded glass dispersion inside vehicle was consistent with window being punched out. The ballistics investigation puts Baldwin bent over and inside the vehicle. The assistant DA refused to prosecute the case and left the DA office. The assistant DA told the DA that the evidence shows self defense and he could not prosecute based on moral grounds and that he "would have probably done the same if in the same situation" The DA took over the case. State expert John Daily's reconstruction report was not used by the DA, instead a Wyoming firearms expert was brought in and asked hypothetical questions and no reconstruction was completed. After the case, the same Wyoming firearms expert was fired for drug use. Local informants within Casper, Wyoming notified investigators that the establishment "Racks" is known around town for "roofying" people and robbing them There were inconsistencies with prosecution’s witness testimonies, where multiple witnesses changed their story after meeting with the prosecutor. The bouncer, for example, testified that he witnessed the entire incident, even though the bar’s cameras clearly disproved his testimony. Regardless, the false testimony was allowed as evidence. The same bouncer, as local informants report, ran a scheme with Baldwin to rob drunk patrons at the establishments he worked. The DA claimed Baldwin was a good man, and was just out to drink. Baldwin, the night of the incident was just out of jail and scheduled to be back in court and facing more jail time for a DUI charge just weeks prior. The former Casper chief of police, told the DAs office that he was in MARSOC and called to gather information on John Knospler. The Chief of police told the DAs office a narrative of a bad marine and was a troubled marine. This could not be farther from the truth. No one at MARSOC, that I have talked to, including the marines that John served with, and senior command, have reported receiving a call. When I told theses marines the description that was given, their response was... "its an out right lie", "full of crap" and "clearly this is someone reporting false information to make themselves seem more important". The chief of polices started the untrue narrative against John Knospler that had a huge butterfly effect. The same Casper Chief of Police lists that he retired from the PD. News Media reports that he was fired and received a vote of no confidence from his officers. There were MAJOR concerns within members of the jury. One of the concerns was the DA's connection to the head of the Jury. Another concern with the jury was that the Baldwins criminal record was not allowed into the court. The DA has been quoted saying "No compelling evidence of an assaultive act by Baldwin was ever presented... Knopsler still has a duty to retreat before using deadly force as long as he would not increase the risk to him-in other words, “he could have just driven away”. John tried, proven by the evidence. Maybe there was a reason the DA refused to use the report commissioned by his own office. John needs our help. He has filed for an appeal through the Wyoming state supreme court but his appeal was denied and his options are running out. He has exhausted his life savings and is in need of financial support to continue this fight. His case received some coverage from the local media, however, it has received little attention outside of Wyoming. We need to generate awareness and make this a widespread issue on a national scale. With all of the ridiculous stories in the media, this should be on everyone’s radar. This is a clear example of injustice to a decorated combat veteran acting in self-defense. With your help, we can bring John home. Thank you. Link to article with supporting documents. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/injustice-john-knospler-stephen-komorek Donate to John: https://gogetfunding.com/john-knospler/ Link to John's Defense Page. http://www.johnjr.knospler.com/webver2/index.html DA hired investigator John Daily's report. http://www.johnjr.knospler.com/webver2/investigation/johndaily/johndaily.html
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Chuck Grassley
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients
My six-year-old daughter Morgan suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy that causes frequent and dangerous seizures. We’ve tried everything to help her. She’s taken more than 10 different anti-epilepsy medications but at best, she's gone only four weeks without a seizure. Based on our own research, advice from our doctors, and what we’ve heard from families living in other states, we would like Morgan to try cannabidiol oil -- a form of medical marijuana. For children with similar illnesses in other parts of the country, the results using medical marijuana have been life changing. Medical marijuana comes in many different preparations, and is prescribed accordingly to treat specific conditions. The treatment Morgan needs would not make her "high", and she wouldn't smoke it. It would come in a bottle just like her other medications, but with fewer side effects. The medications that Morgan has tried have devastating side effects. They gave her kidney stones, ulcerative colitis, and compromise her respiratory system. She should be able to try this much safer option. But medical marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. It’s currently a Schedule 1 drug, which means the federal government considers it just as dangerous as heroin and says there is no medicinal value. This means our family would have to move to a different state to get it, or obtain it illegally and risk arrest. I have decided that neither of those choices are good enough for my family. That’s why I’m supporting the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act -- a bipartisan bill that will let states legalize medical marijuana without federal interference. It will also expand research into the health benefits of marijuana and allow Veterans Affairs doctors to recommend marijuana to ailing veterans. The CARERS Act would remove also CBD from scheduling under the Controlled Substances Act, affirming to the world that marijuana does have medical benefits. This bill will change the lives of so many sick and suffering people, like my daughter, around the country. Please sign my petition asking Congress to pass the CARERS Act.
Petition to Georgia Governor, Jackie Johnson, Mr. Rocky Bridges, Chris Carr, Mr. Chris Lee, Sheriff Jim Proctor
Help us demand prosecution of the murderers of slain Army Veteran Taylor Justin Williams
As a mother, we plan out our child’s lives from the moment they’re born. Never did I imagine my son’s life would be so short-lived or ended so violently. Taylor was in the medical field saving lives, not taking them. He accomplished so much during his short time on this earth. In my heart, I feel strongly he had a lot more to accomplish. I miss him every minute of every day. This is a nightmare no mother would wish upon any other. To all involved in the murder of my son Taylor Justin Williams, I have this to say: You can’t imagine how devastating it is for any parent to receive a knock at the door to be told by police that their child is dead. To make this horrible situation even more overwhelming, I live 1800 miles away, therefore not allowing me to see for myself that Taylor really, truly was dead. My initial thought was maybe they made a mistake in the identification? When it partially sank in, I dropped to my knees crying hysterically for my baby. Please God no, not my boy. I begged and pleaded for God to give him back. Screaming throughout the house, “he’s mine and I want him back!” As family members start to fill the house and get the journey to Georgia in motion, I still wanted to keep the tiniest bit of hope that it wasn’t really my Taylor. My mind was in shock, I was vibrating unable to eat, drink or sleep. I just wanted to get to Georgia as fast as I could. When I finally was able to see my lifeless boy, who was always full of energy, I once again dropped to my knees. I heard a loud, guttural sound and was later told that it came from me. It’s true, my son is dead, gone forever never to hug me or tell me “love you” again. I beg God to take me too, please! We aren’t supposed to bury our children. I will NEVER FORGET, as no loving mother would. You took a part of my heart and soul the moment that knife plunged into my son’s body repeatedly causing fatal stab wounds. Nobody from your group tried to stop you nor did you try and control yourself from stabbing my unarmed son numerous times. Then when my son’s friend tried to pull his lifeless body away from you, you continued to stab his unarmed friend numerous times as the others looked on. As my son lay there lifeless and gurgling (as described by one of the four) I have to wonder did anyone feel remorse, sadness, empathy? I think about what was described to me, and it pains me every minute of every day. Was my son scared? What was he thinking? Did he say any last words? Was he sad to be torn from his life? I’m terribly sad because he died so brutally with no love around him, alone with nobody to care and hold him as he gurgled on his own blood. I’m dying inside as I write this. It’s shocking to realize how people are so desensitized to death and destruction. Their behavior and the legal system’s delay in taking action is very disturbing. Residents in the area should be fearful, this type of behavior demonstrates anger with no control and this could very easily happen again in my opinion. Taylor wasn’t the only one murdered that fateful night. I too was murdered, not physically but emotionally. I will admit I wanted you to murder me too so I could be with my son. You took an integral part of me. You changed my journey in life to one I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Let me remind you, very strongly, that I will never forget and I will fight for justice until it is served. This is now my full-time job. I love you my son, Taylor Justin Williams.#JusticeForTaylorWilliams - Nichole Williams, Grieving Mother
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, New York State House, New York State Senate, Sue Serino, Didi Barrett, Carl Heastie, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Aileen Gunther, Angelo Santabarbara, Latoya Joyner, James Skoufis
Bailey’s Law now! Hold criminals accountable for victimizing the developmentally disabled!
Please Support the Passage of #BaileysLaw We cannot allow criminals to get away with the death of their victims. My 19 year old autistic son, Bailey, committed suicide on 7-31-17, my birthday of all days. After nearly 20 years of complete family devotion and cultivating our lives in support, contemplation and preparation of his each new life phase, new stage, new challenge, and new triumph our lives were completely and irrevocably upended in the span of 8 minutes. Bailey had many friends. He was kind, funny, caring, generous, gentle, down to earth, and creative. He was an artist, a lover of history, and had compassion for all living things. He was a teacher his whole life as much as he was a student of it. Bailey made me stronger, made me determined, made me timely, made me adjustable, made me more understanding...and it was Bailey that made me an advocate for kids with special needs for all these years. Of course, his 3 siblings also helped make me, and him, over the years...we all made each other. Our family has always been very tight. Being a single mom the last 16 years enabled me to make my children my world, and show them we are a team. I’ve tried to give them everything I am and everything I have within me, with intention. But despite everything I’d, we’d, put in over the years my son, their brother, is gone...less then 8 minutes after leaving my side. Bailey resorted to suicide 7 days after being a victim of a financial crime, 4 days after I realized he was victimized, and less than 5 hours of being asked to ID one of the perpetrators. He was preyed upon, betrayed, and taken advantage of by a girl he knew for years and had recently befriended him. This girl connected her male friend to my son under the guise of helping them cash a check. From what I’ve been told by State Police, Bailey was hesitant to help them, unsure of whether or not the request was legitimate, and she assured my son that the request was fine and then promised him, I believe, $200 from the proceeds for his assistance. I suspect Bailey provided them with his bank card and his PIN number. On 7-24-17 the male deposited a $1675.00 fraudulent check at an atm in Highland, NY and then immediately withdrew $200 (the amount fronted with a check hold); this was caught on atm bank video. I realized there was a problem on Thursday the 27th when I noted on our joint account both the deposit and withdrawal as well as the $200 withdrawal ultimately being pulled from my separate account. Bailey was learning banking and I would transfer his disability money to the joint account so he would learn about money management, budgeting, grocery shopping, etc. Bailey was devastated over the loss. We connected with local police on the 27th, who then directed us to the nearest state troopers on the 28th, who in turn directed us to State Troopers in Highland on 7-29-17 where we filed a complaint. Later on that Saturday, my youngest son told me he overheard his brother Bailey on the phone after hearing of the banking problem on Thursday, extremely upset over the financial loss and insisting on the return of funds. On Monday, 7-31-17 the investigator came to our house at 12:30 to see if Bailey could ID the male in the bank video. Bailey claimed he did not know the person and by his reaction I believe he didn’t. At 5:16pm he left our home stating he was going for a walk to draw; this was not unlike him as his executive processing speed is slower than many and he’d use walks or drawing to manage stresses. By 5:30 I heard the emergency response sirens and ran down our street, because I never wanted my kids around the chaos when EMS was in the area, and of course I wanted to count the safety of my chicks. The area they were responding to is a nuisance area that has had more than it’s fair share of fires....but there was no fire truck, only medical response. My son had hung himself in the woods less than a block from our home. The next day I was presented with a note he’d written; he clearly believed he’d done something very wrong in trusting the wrong person. No law enforcement involved in this case believes that Bailey had the faculty to understand what was happening, or the complexities that he was a victim, and neither does any of his family nor his longstanding therapist. There is no doubt in my mind that he merely thought he was helping someone. Both accused, at this point, will only be charged minimally; one with grand larceny 4th and the other with Endangering a disabled person 1st, both class E non violent felonies. Theoretically they could each get probation. They have each since been arrested for other crimes; her on drug charges in October 2017 and him for killing a 16 year old with his car after an argument in Yonkers in December 2017. The male is being held without bail in Westchester and has yet to be charged for our case. The female was arrested and arraigned for this case but was granted release on $2000 cash/$4000 bond. I am sickened over what may be obvious to you at this point, that the charges do not reflect their role in the death of my son. People with disabilities, including autism, are among our most vulnerable community members. It seems so unjust that a charge of endangering specifically relates to affecting the mental well-being of a vulnerable person yet they are not charged with the actual consequences of this criminal action. I’m currently working with our local representatives to start the process of pushing for new legislation in the state to hold perpetrators fully accountable for the consequences of their actions. The law for Endangering in NY currently states: “Under our law, a person is guilty of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree when he or she knowingly acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect. The term "knowingly” has its own special meaning in our law. I will now give you the meaning of that term. A person KNOWINGLY acts in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a person who is unable to care for himself or herself because of physical disability, mental disease or defect when that person is aware that he or she is acting in such manner. Actual harm to the incompetent or physically disabled person need not result.” Currently under our criminal laws culpability for a persons suicide rests on the aspect of “aiding and abetting”, or, in practical terms, specifically aiding, directing or encouraging the suicide. This MUST change. Those that would intentionally cultivate an environment and/or circumstances specifically to use people with disabilities to commit a crime, need to be held accountable for the full range of actual damages they cause, including the death of their victim. We need #BaileysLaw to firmly establish... If a defendant is charged with endangering in the first degree, or another crime related and/or connected to a charge of endangering in the first degree (as in coconspirators/codefendant), whereby the events result in the victim’s suicide within reasonable proximity of the crime, defendants should be criminally charged for the victim’s death. This area of law, as it specifically relates to endangering, also needs to be updated to incorporate the disability standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Social Security Administration in trials. As it stands, the question of a successful trial seems tied to whether or not the victim has an IQ over 40, and can dress and feed oneself. This is an extremely low threshold for a successful trial against a perpetrator charged with endangering and is not in line with current state and federal laws to protect the disabled. There are an enormous number of people with autism, and other disabilities, who have a high IQ and can feed and clothe themselves but cannot fully meet their own needs in a manner that could be characterized as independent living. Bailey’s Law should protect anyone that can be considered a vulnerable person by including the state and federal standards of disability. I urge you to support Bailey’s Law. It will not help my family but it will help many others. PLEASE, sign this petition to help me get it passed! To view or VOTE YES on the #BaileysLaw bill (NY S.8541) you can visit https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/s8541 - there is a link at this location for the identical Assembly version as well. To learn more about my beloved Bailey you can visit the guestbook at https://m.legacy.com/obituaries/poughkeepsiejournal/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186269333&referrer=0&preview=True To follow our journey, visit https://m.facebook.com/DearBaileyLoveMom/ & http://BaileysBridges.org/baileyslaw/ Sincerely, Gae Marie Cannon, Poughkeepsie, NY *6-17-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law passed in the NY Senate on 6-11-18 with a vote of 44/17. The bill is now in the NY Assembly (A.10874) and I’m pushing to have it passed before the end of the legislative session on 6-20-18. The Ulster County Court has declined to take on the female’s case (the facilitator of this crime), and referred it back to the Town Court. This means that HER CHARGES WILL BE REDUCED from felony to misdemeanor or less- because Town Courts CANNOT process felonies. It is looking more and more like she will get 3 years of probation... To put this into context- a DWI, WITHOUT LOSS OF LIFE, can result in 3 years probation, over $1000 fine and revocation of drivers license... I am disgusted.... these people KNEW they were committing a crime. KNEW they were targeting someone with a disability, and their actions resulted in the DEATH of their victim...... Please, please share our petition... This is just not right.. Targeting our vulnerable loved ones breaks a sacred social contract in our society and we must prevent this from happening to someone else... 8-15-18 Update: Our bill for Bailey’s Law is currently stuck in the Codes Committee of the Assembly but I am pushing forward with public support signatures as well as organizational and legislator support. Our bill now has 4 Assembly sponsors: Didi Barrett, Christine Pellegrino, Angelo Santabarbara, and David McDonough. This is immensely helpful but until this bill passes in the Assembly and is signed by Andrew Cuomo, we cannot stop pushing for more bill support. Our next court hearing for the female’s case is on August 28th. It’s expected she will be offered a plea bargain of a reduced charge (felony Endangering in the 1st to misdemeanor Endangering) with a sentence of 3 years probation. THIS IS NOT JUSTICE FOR AN INTENTIONAL CRIME THAT RESULTED IN DEATH. The male has not yet been brought up to our county for arraignment; he is still pending trial for Murder 2 in Westchester County in an unrelated case. What you can do to help:1. SHARE the petition and Bailey’s story, in person and online2. Go to our website and print free flyers for local venues and local bulletin boards in your town, and deliver them to all the neighbors on your street 3. Call agencies that support the disabled and/or elderly and ask them to join our coalition of support. You can give them the website address as a contact. 4. Stay informed. The blood and guts of this journey is on our Facebook page Dear Bailey. Thank you so much for your support, your caring messages (yes, I read them all), and I hope you’ll stay with me through this process of fixing the law. With gratitude, Gae Marie
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,
Petition to Carmen Best, Seattle Police Department, Bruce Harrell, Jenny A. Durkan Seattle Mayor's Office
The official Petition Seattle PD Reopen Kurt Cobain's case
Dear Seattle Police Department, We are an international group of people who come together because we disagree with the outcome of the investigation into the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994. I assure you that we are not in any way connected with the well-known people who deal with Kurt Cobain's case. Our activity is independent and civic. Mr. Cobain was the lead singer of a popular grunge band from Seattle called Nirvana. They achieved a mass amount of popularity in 1991, and gained millions of fans around the world. The official report from the Seattle police department is that he took his own life, however there are a lot of unanswered questions and inconsistencies with this. As is widely known, Mr. Cobain's body would be discovered on the morning of April 8 in the greenhouse, which was located just next to the main residence. No legible fingerprints were discovered on the shotgun discharged into Mr. Cobain and, among numerous other questions of evidence, the results of his toxicology revealed a triple-lethal dose of heroin, suggesting he was incapacitated prior to discharge of the firearm. The official date of Mr. Cobain's death is listed as April 5. Washington State Patrol Declined to Affirm Suicide Verdict, Legal Document Indicates A legal record obtained publically through the King County Superior Court indicates that the Washington State Patrol (WSP), in 1995, declined to affirm the Seattle Police Department’s determination that Kurt Cobain committed suicide. The basis provided by the WSP for not affirming the suicide verdict is that the Patrol “lack sufficient information” to do so. source: Cobain Evidence Blog by Kurt Fraser, Link: http://cobainevidenceblog.blogspot.cz/2016/05/washington-state-patrol-declined-to.html Link to documents: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxM8lcUQiSoJUEYzNWZGMC1rNkE/view A 2014 review by the SPD of the 1994 investigation into Mr. Cobain’s death, however, reaffirmed the suicide verdict. The full scope of that review, though, appears very limited and a number of its conclusions, arguably as a result of bias stemming from severe investigative errors committed during the 1994 investigation, appear forensically unsound. Further information can be obtained from other sources. Since 1994, quite a few magazine and newspaper articles have been written on this information. It has also been the subject of many radio and television shows. A book entitled "Who Killed Kurt Cobain? The Mysterious Death of an Icon" was published in 1998. It was mentioned in a 1998 film about the couple called "Kurt & Courtney". Hank Harrison, Love Kills: The Assassination of Kurt Cobain was published in 2017. Dear Mrs. Best, we founded this petition on July 13, 2015. We have sent several personal letters to the former Chief Mrs. O'Toole. Certainly there are innumerable crimes in this world every day , and there is much injustice. In case of Cobain the public awareness is much higher, because he was a publicly known person. To me it's not about obsession or fan-worshipping, it is simply to answer the many outstanding questions concerning the circumstances of his death. I hope I can motivate you with my letter and this petition to reopen the investigation in the case of Kurt Cobain . Anyway, it would be a win/win situation for the Seattle police, the public and there's just nothing left to lose. I'm writing you in hopes for your help to press for a reexamination of Mr. Cobain's death. Millions of fans around the world would like to see the inconsistencies surrounding the death cleared up once and for all. It is sad to think that an injustice of this nature can be allowed in the United States. I hope to your gut feeling. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your time. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I am writing my personal statement, as the author of this petition. I'm of the same generation as Kurt Cobain. I'm a fan of Nirvana from 1991, when this group became world-famous and "popular". Everyone who experienced that time, knew that something very important. Millions of people around the world saw in Kurt Cobain your soul mate. April 8, 1994 Kurt Cobain was found dead. Cause of death, was announced suicide. This fact, changed the lives of many people. More than 60 people have committed suicide. Over time, it comes to light a lot of inconsistencies. Fans watch the action and behavior of people who were close to Kurt Cobain. People ask. How is it possible, in less than an hour to fix the verdict suicide? All necessary steps investigative steps were correctly done? Ballistic test was carried weapons? Why, shotgun were not found fingerprints? Why nobody bothered by this fact? Kurt Cobain with three times the lethal dose of heroin in his bloodstream, could secure a syringe with a protective cover, all defer to the cigar box and then shoot? Today we all know that the case was poorly investigated from the beginning. Police took not substantiated reports that Kurt Cobain was suicidal type, then it was a drug addict and a "rock star" that not mattered own life. Mr. Cobain was planning a new life, only he wanted to leave Nirvana and take care of his little daughter whom he loved unconditionally. He wanted to end the dysfunctional marriage. Why not focus SPD attention to these facts? Kurt Cobain, wants to leave "well-functioning machine into cash" Nirvana and wants to end the marriage. Are not these facts good enough reasons to check? Former Chief Norm Stamper SPD said that the SPD really badly performed his work and if he was now in office chief and the case reopened. I think that the SPD should always and under all circumstances be impartially institutions. Please, think over it and over all the facts which are connected with the case. Please do not encourage suicide lobby that entire 24 years, benefiting millions of dollars from the death of Kurt Cobain. Please be on the side of justice. Please correct the mistakes you have committed 24 years ago. Open the case and show their citizens that you are impartial and are not intimidated by powerful people who are involved in this case. I will believe in justice and sanity of people to the appropriate places. Justice for Kurt!