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innocence

18 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner, Kim Foxx, Department of Justice

FREE JUAN RODRIGUEZ - THE INNOCENT MAN PLEASE VACATE JUAN'S CONVICTION- SET HIM FREE

KIM FOXX We Request You Vacate Juan Rodriguez's Conviction and Discharge Him From Custody.  It was June 27th, 2004… this nightmare started for Juan and it continues ever since. It was about midnight when Juan and his so called friends were at Juan's house getting ready to leave for a party. In front of Juan's house, one of those friends, who I will call The Real Shooter, parked his car where he had a gun hidden in his trunk. A few minutes later, a pickup truck was passing by and started to throw gang signs and yelling…words were exchanged and few guys from the pickup truck got into with The Real Shooter, who was in front of Juan's house right next to his trunk, as he was getting ready to put a bottle of Hennessy in the trunk. The guys from the pickup truck, snatched The Real Shooter’s chain and jumped back in the truck. The Real Shooter then got really pissed and pulled out a gun out of his trunk and begin to shoot... He killed a young man and he is still on the streets, living his life while Juan is serving time for The Real Shooter’s crime! Juan has been incarcerated since he was 17 years old, for a crime he did not commit. The Real Shooter ran away from the scene with the gun, which was never recovered. Being it was Juan’s house and that he was the only one that the rival gang members knew and hated him, he got blamed for the shooting. CPD framed Juan!!! There was no physical evidence linking Juan to this crime, and it all came down to the testimony of these three rival gang members, two of whom admitted at trial that they did not see who did the shooting. The Chicago PD set a story for the witnesses to be an “Easy Case” for them. They conducted a HIGHLY, HIGHLY suggestive line up. The testimony of the officers at trial on stand and then on motion to suppress on the stand did not match. Everyone’s story was different. There were witnesses who said they seen The Real Shooter shot at the truck.CPD disregarded that! Witnesses were changing statements after line up, as the CPD already had “STORY” ready for them. The Real Shooter gave statement saying he saw Juan shot, but yet he was never brought up by prosecutors to testify at trial…we all know why! Other two witnesses who “AFTER LINE UP” said they saw Juan’ with a gun, didn’t show up at court to testify… we also know why! BECAUSE JUAN GOT FRAMED BY CPD! This story was made up by Chicago Police Department and AREA 1 detectives and officers!  The trial was unfair. First, one of the witnesses of the rival gang, told the police and provided statement that the person he thought was the shooter pulled a gun from the trunk, and identified The Real Shooter as that person who went for the gun. However, this man died before trial, and so his testimony was not used at Juan’s trial. Unfortunately Juan's trail attorney also did not call any of the witnesses who would support Juan’s innocence nor did he call the  police witnesses, who would have confirmed that the rival gang member witnesses who testified at Juan’s trial could not describe the shooter at all when first approached by police that night. This would have really undercut the State’s case. There are other important facts in this case that was not brought up at all. In August of 2007, Juan got convicted of a 1st degree murder and got sentenced to 62 years in prison. He was just a juvenile when he got charged with the murder he DID NOT COMMIT. He has been incarcerated for over 14 years now, and is still fighting strong to prove his innocence, while The Real Shooter is out on the streets living his life. Juan completed all classes possible in Menard Correctional Center where he was housed and he is a "model inmate". He also got married to me in January of 2016. He wants to be home with his family... He wants to raise his Princess... He wants to help with daily duties his Wife has to complete and make sure family is good in each and every way...he wants to live again! Juan deserves a chance, and justice must be served! The case is being brought up in court again, and we anticipate a hearing on Juan’s  innocence claim, ineffective assistance of counsel claim and eyewitness misidentification. Juan's file has been discovered as the "AREA A BASEMENT FILES" Yes his file was one of them. Please see link below to article for the BASEMENT FILES. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-police-street-files-met-20160212-story.html Please give us a chance and help bring Juan home! Let us not forget that for every innocent person in prison, there is a guilty one out walking our streets. We hope you will join us in Juan's fight for justice. Please SIGN AND SHARE. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact: FREEJUANRODRIGUEZ@GMAIL.COM or contact his attorney Jennifer Bonjean @ jennifer@bonjeanlaw.com You can find more information about Juan's case on link below; www.facebook.com/freejuanrodriguez   THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART ♥      

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
414 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

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

Please restore justice and pardon my dad!

  Dear Friends, Ten years ago, my dad, former Democratic Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman, was taken away in handcuffs and shackles.  Most who learned of his case saw it as a travesty of justice, including several prominent Republicans (see 60 Minutes).  Though released pending appeal for four years and despite unprecedented support, my father was returned to prison on September 11th 2012 to complete a nearly 7 year term because the Supreme Court refused to hear his case. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox Business News, MSNBC, CBS, Harper's, Time Magazine, The American Trial Lawyers, Huffington Post, The Guardian, 113 former state Attorneys General, top Constitutional Law Professors, and many others say this case is erroneous and Don Siegelman never commited a crime. He was convicted of an implied quid pro quo, that is an inferred bribe, or a bribe without explicit proof of agreement or self-enrichment scheme.  He was never accused of benefiting, at all.  I need your help to right this injustice.  Please sign this petition to President Trump asking him to restore justice and pardon Don Siegelman!  Why Sign? Gov. Don Siegelman was the 51st Governor of Alabama, serving from 1999 to 2003. He served in Alabama in public office for 26 years and is the only person in the history of the state to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected positions: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.  He was essentially the longest running Democrat in the Southeast. My dad was wrongfully convicted in 2007 in a case that Pace Law Professor Bennett Gershman called "one of the most egregiously bad faith prosecutions by the Justice Department ever.” Numerous public servants such as Al Gore, John Kerry, and Wesley Clark believe my father was wrongly prosecuted and wrongly convicted.  The American Trial Lawyer Magazine has called Dad America's "Political Prisoner #1." The New York Times said my dad was charged with something that has never even been considered a crime in America, and CBS’ 60 Minutes reported that the prosecution team coached key witness Nick Bailey more than 70 times and offered him a deal to testify against my father.  Conservative columnist George Will expressed in The Washington Post, “Everyone who cares about the rule of law should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal….today’s confusion and the resulting prosecutorial discretion kill the exercise of Constitutional right, of political participation and can imprison people unjustly.” More than 100 state Attorney Generals, both Republican and Democrat, many law professors, and thousands of people like you, have tried to help, garnering the attention of the media, organizing letter campaigns, and writing excellent articles, but ultimately the case was left to the courts.  Even Fox Business News sympathized with Dad! 113 current and former state Attorney Generals from across the U.S. signed a brief to the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court saying, “There is reason to believe that the case brought against Governor Siegelman may have had sufficient irregularities as to call into question the basic fairness that is the linchpin of our system of justice.” Fred Gray, attorney to Rosa Parks, and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, both close companions to the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., came to court to hold my mom's hand the day of sentencing in 2007. They wrote letters to the Department of Justice, to Congress, and to the President to convey that Don Siegelman is the “target of the Bush Justice Department, which has now endangered the style of government we fought so hard for.” However, this is not about Democrats versus Republicans, far from it.  It is simply about what's right and wrong, what is fair and what is not.  As Thomas Jefferson said, "A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction."  Former U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson said, "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power..." This petition is much more than just one man's freedom.  It is about American freedom. If this can happen to my dad, as governor, it can happen to anyone.  The law is so unclear, all it takes is a prosecutor with a vendetta against you.  As Dad explained when the surprise verdict came in 2007; “This is dangerous to our democracy and it is wrong. If this ruling stands, rogue prosecutors or a rogue Justice Department can prosecute contributors and elected officials they simply do not like.” Please join me in asking President Trump to pardon my dad. Al Gore appealed, "Don Siegelman isn't just fighting for his freedom - he's fighting for the integrity of our democracy... As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our democracy from those who would take advantage of it and abuse their power.” Our hope for truth lies in holding our elected officials accountable. Our hope for justice is a great public outcry. Please join me in asking the President of the United States for a pardon in my dad’s case by signing the petition on Change.org and sharing this message publicly however you can. By doing so we may one day clarify the law and keep our democracy and freedom intact. Thank you so much for considering the facts and helping me free my dad! With the greatest appreciation, Dana Siegelman

Dana Siegelman
67,949 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri

Exonerate Innocent Man Marcellus Williams on June 5th.

On August 22nd, just three hours before Marcellus Williams was set to be executed by lethal injection, Governor Eric Greitens of Missouri issued a stay of execution — sparing the death of an innocent man who has been sitting in jail for close to 20 years for a crime new evidence indicates he did not commit. Since he was convicted, new DNA evidence has surfaced that shows Marcellus Williams was not the killer who viciously stabbed Lisha Gayle between 10 and 43 times in 1998. Using technology that was not available at the time of the killing, tests show that DNA found on the knife matched that of an unknown male. Williams' DNA was not found on the knife. Stopping the Marcellus’ execution was only the first step. Now it’s clear that he is an innocent man and deserves a full exoneration. Please sign my petition. As the clock was ticking on Williams' scheduled execution by injection, and with tremendous pressure via social media, Governor Greitens invoked a rarely used state law giving him discretion to appoint a panel of judges to gather information and report back on what will happen next. On June 5th, that board will be meeting to review the new evidence. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, black people convicted of murder or sexual assault are significantly more likely than whites to be later found innocent. Their study also found that innocent blacks wait disproportionately longer for their names to be cleared. With your help in signing this petition and helping spread the word on social media, Marcellus Williams has a chance to walk out a free man.

alison brett
15,440 supporters