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innocence project

11 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to NBC

2,000 signatures will help an innocent man, convicted of murder, be released from prison.

INNOCENT MAN GETS 9 TO LIFE IN KILLING OF GIRL, 11 in 1984 Over three decades ago, the body of an 11 year old girl was found molested and drowned, floating face down in a shallow pond near her home in Massapequa. Based largely on the accounts of two former girlfriends, a Los Angeles man stood trial in Mineola for her murder. Manuel Pacheco, 35, who had lived near Angela Marie Wong and was a childhood friend of her brother, was 15 when prosecutors said that he killed her after she resisted a sexual assault. Because of his age then he was tried in Nassau County Court as a juvenile and faced a maximum of 9 years to life in prison if convicted. He has maintained his innocence throughout. There is another petition people have been signing with 995 signatures that was started by a Cindy Shultz that has kept Manny from getting paroled.  They called Manny a "child murderer" ,They have been denying Manny his chance at parole due to this petition.  Now that we finally received the DNA evidence that was suppressed during the trial that proves Manuel Pacheco did not kill Angela Wong.  Maybe the people who signed the other petition will see ours and realize they were wrong to keep this man in.  The DNA report also clearly identifies whose DNA was actually found on Angela Wong's body.  There is also evidence showing the coroner on record changed the time of death so as to ensure Manuel Pacheco could be found guilty.  I see that their petition is closed now, so maybe they have realized that they were wrong all along.  Manuel Pacheco is not a child murderer.  He should be allowed his parole. Manuel Pacheco has served 17 years for a murder he did not commit and it's time to free this man who is currently being held at the New York State Prison called Great Meadow State Prison facility.  He also needs letters and cards of support to show the prison he's in that people care, and people know the abuse he's suffered.  So PLEASE share his address with all your friends and family and send him cards and letters showing him and the prison you care and that he has support.  Due to the nature of the case he was wrongfully convicted of, he's been through several beatings at the hands of correctional officers while handcuffed, as well as beat down by other inmates all while handcuffed by the cops so he could not fight back.  Your letters and cards are showing them that he has support and people have not forgotten about him and are starting to keep him safe from further harm.  Thank you. Manuel Pacheco 04A1923 Great Meadow Correctional Facility PO Box 51 Comstock, NY  12821-0051

Teddy Moreno
170 supporters
Update posted 2 days 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 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    THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART ♥      

JUAN RODRIGUEZ
406 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, Mark Obenshain, Tony Wilt, B.J. Rosen, Vered Rabia, Marvin Anderson, Dr. Eric Lander, Harold W. Clarke, Saman Aghaebrahim, Clark Mercer, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Kelly Thomasson

Help Bring Dustin Home

Anthony Dustin McMillan has been sitting in prison for the last 16 years with another decade looming over his head. He has a son who was born the same year he was sentenced, and has never gotten to raise him as he so desperately wants. All the other defendants are out of prison right now. In 2000 Dustin took in a friend who was homeless. Unfortunately, his new friend had a drug addiction and as it turned out later, this former friend was convicted of robbery and several incidents of vandalism, for which a detective claimed Dustin was also present. A short time after this person was arrested, the detective arrested Dustin and assumed guilt by association, despite two alibis stating he was home with them. Dustin was convicted of the robbery that took place in Penn Laird, Virginia on the primary evidence that a detective claimed Dustin gave a full confession that Dustin participated in the crimes. However, the detective did not record the alleged confession; he did not have Dustin fill out a Miranda written statement document; nor did he have Dustin sign the detective's own hand written notes that the detective took during the alleged confession. Furthermore, the detective destroyed the hand written notes that had been taken during the alleged confession the day after the notes were written (even though the detective claims he normally saves his notes until after a case is closed). Dustin claimed he asked for a lawyer during initial questioning; the detective said Dustin did not. The eye-witness clerk at the convenience store could not identify Dustin as being there. The finger print evidence came back inconclusive, but only after that part of the trial was over. The pants the prosecution was going to use to tie Dustin to the crime had to be thrown out as evidence because no one was wearing pants like those during the robbery, the eye witness and video footage proved.  Due to judiciary time limits Dustin is virtually barred from relief through court proceedings. In Dustin's case he was forced to prove he did not confess to a crime he did not commit. Is this justice? Recently the Innocence Project had to close a year-long investigation into Dustin's case because there was no newly discovered evidence that could get him back into court. They reached out to the co-defendant who said he would make it up to Dustin and state the truth: that Dustin was not in fact there, but he became unreachable. It was pointed out to Dustin by the Innocence Project Rep that all the errors in his case are in violation of laws and rights, but it was on his lawyer at the beginning of his case in 2001 to cite and properly handle, a lawyer who has had disciplinary review and charged with several drug charges over the years. Dustin was even told that from the prosecution’s point of view a violation of Dustin's rights is "a means to justify the ends". In the time Dustin has spent in prison he has completed his G.E.D., he has completed the Custodial Maintenance and Carpentry vocational trade programs. He has not committed any acts of violence while incarcerated, remaining on good behavior with no ties to gangs.  Dustin has remained employed almost every day since 2004, doing jobs ranging from houseman (equivalent to a janitor), library aide, Rosette Stone aide, Library clerk, and prison newsletter reporter/composer. Dustin has family and friends awaiting his return to the free world, many of whom will ensure an easy and productive transition back into society. He has a knack for creativity, building original design model robots out of cardboard and stuff that many would consider garbage. He has even made board games while incarcerated & has a list of ideas and products he intends to create in an effort to one day build a business that his family and friends can participate in, to build something that future generations of his family can build upon. One of the most important things that Dustin seeks to be involved in is the life of his son. Dustin has stated many times the trouble his heart feels at not having the opportunity to be a proper father.  He hopes to make up for this with his son when he is free. It is with this petition that we hope to find Dustin an early release from prison. He currently has a petition in for clemency to seek a reduction of his sentence to have two years left to serve. Again, it should be noted that the three other individuals involved in the case all received 16 years or less, and one individual had 5 separate cases and at least 6 more charges than Dustin.Those individuals are all free now, yet Dustin received 31 years and has many more to serve. You do not have to sign this petition because you have an opinion on Dustin's guilt or innocence, you can sign simply because you feel Dustin should be released from prison, that he has served enough time and deserves a second chance in free society. Please help bring Dustin home.  Any Questions you'd like to ask him directly: Anthony D. Mcmillan #1042366 LVCC 82-204 1607 Planters Rd. Lawrenceville, VA 23868-3350 Or on jpay.com, Inmate: Anthony McMillian (they spelled his name wrong- with an 'i'). If using jpay, out of courtesy please consider sending a prepaid stamp back. Also, facebook is not regularly used, but you can see his pictures and drawings: https://www.facebook.com/anthonydmcmillan

Alison Bruns
664 supporters