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innocence project

6 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Governor Mary Fallin, The Honorable Mike Hunt, Speaker Charles McCall

#FreeGlynnSimmons

Glynn Simmons has been languishing in an Oklahoma prison for 42 years, since being convicted of a robbery/murder in 1974. There is no evidence linking Glynn to the crime. The prosecutor in his case has expressed regrets over how he tried the case, and the victim’s own sister has written multiple letters to Glynn’s parole board begging for his release on the grounds that he is an innocent man.  Several witnesses came forward at Glynn’s trial to testify that Glynn was not on the scene, or even in the state, at the time of the shooting. He was in Louisiana, where he’s from, and didn’t fly into Oklahoma until after the crime had been committed. But Glynn was still convicted, based on the testimony of one witness, a woman who was also shot and injured during the store robbery in question. She had already picked a handful of different suspects in as many as nine prior police line-ups, and the state had admitted that she was most likely confused and a “dead-end” witness. Glynn’s public defender failed him miserably, and made no move to disprove her testimony against him (this lawyer was later disbarred for his incompetence). Another eyewitness to the crime refused to point the finger at Glynn, and Glynn’s attorney did not bother to call her to the stand. Glynn was sentenced to death. Oklahoma's death penalty mechanism was later declared unconstitutional, and all death sentences were converted to Life. Had it not been for this decision, Glynn would be dead today. As it is, he has not been allowed to truly live. He was just 22 years old when he was convicted. He’s now over 60, and is still forced to beg parole board members and attorneys to reexamine the evidence. Despite this, he says he believes in the system and has hope that he will receive mercy before it’s too late. Society's awareness concerning wrongful convictions is evolving. Citizens are starting to realize that police and prosecutors, like all humans, make errors.  What is absolutely stunning is that our state government seems to feel it has no duty to correct its errors --- even errors that cost citizens their freedom and their lives. Fighting for Glynn's freedom can be a first step we take toward true justice for all. Please take a moment to watch the video, which gives you a good sense of the staggering amount of evidence supporting his innocence. Then, please sign this petition calling on the Oklahoma County District Court and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to grant Glynn Simmons’ application for post-conviction relief. For information on how you can get involved with this campaign, email Gwendolyn Fields at demandjustice@outlook.com. View video statements from former prosecutors and victim's sister expressing concern that Glynn was wrongfully convicted: KFOR News Video

The Advocacy Council
18,242 supporters
Update posted 4 months 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 13 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 is 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 me with daily duties I have been doing all on my own...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 TO DONATE FUNDS PLEASE VISIT : http://fnd.us/71ETG4     Letters of Support can be mailed to; STATEVILLE  CORRECTIONAL CENTER JUAN RODRIGUEZ R64748 P.O. Box 112Joliet, IL 60434   JUAN'S BIRTHDAY IS JUNE 24TH, HE WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE ANYTHING ANYONE CAN GIVE HIM.   THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART ♥      

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
321 supporters