Petition to John Bel Edwards
Grant McKinley Phipps Jr. Clemency
McKinley “Mac” Phipps has been in prison for 15 years for a crime he did not commit. Phipps was a New Orleans rap artist with no criminal record. In 2000, while Phipps was preparing to perform at a local club, a fight broke out and ended in the tragic shooting death of a young man. Instead of doing a thorough investigation, the police pegged McKinley Phipps as their scapegoat. He has been behind bars ever since. Since there was no physical evidence linking Phipps to the crime, the police used his explicit rap lyrics to portray him as a violent person capable of murder. Later, independent investigations found that the police coerced eyewitnesses to say Phipps was guilty. Some were even threatened with blame for the murder if they didn’t implicate him. Many have since rescinded their accusations. The misconduct of investigators led to Phipps’ conviction and 30 years-to-life sentence. In recent years, a number of organizations have further investigated his case, and have supported his innocence. Phipps is an innocent man, and he deserves clemency. During Phipps’ 15-year incarceration, he has been a model inmate. He has served as head of the music program at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, and recently participated in the cleanup effort after deadly tornadoes ripped through southern Louisiana. Phipps has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a humanitarian award, and he routinely counsels other inmates. It is my belief that he has the potential to succeed if released, and will again become an asset to society. Please join me in asking Governor Edwards to pardon McKinley “Mac” Phipps. Sign and share.
Petition to Illinois Prison Review Board, Illinois Governor
I have spent the last 19 years in prison for a crime I did not commit!!
To all Potential Petition Signees: My name is William Brown I'm currently incarcerated in Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton, IL. I've been incarcerated for more than 19 years with a little less than 6 years remaining on a 50 year sentence, which I will have to serve 25 years in the aggregated, for First Degree Murder, Attempt Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Over the past 19 years I've fought diligently to prove my innocence. Ironically in a system where you're supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, yet my fight continues. At my time of incarceration I was 19 years old, that is when my fight with the system began. The fight consisting of my first trial the only witness against me was a three time convicted felon, admitted drug dealer, and gang banger. Who you wouldn't even let deliver your groceries to your car or trust to deliver an important document, yet his word was enough to send me to prison for 25 years. Along with his testimony was someone who was supposed to be a co-defendant with actual knowledge of the crime, but his statement added effect which lead to my second conviction. I currently have two Mandamus Petitions pending as well as a Post-Conviction Petition. My wife and I are now in the mist of trying to find help with my Actual Innocence Claim. We are looking for the two witnesses that will help clear my original trial but I had no knowledge of them than, when we became aware of them at my second trial, with no resources I was unable to find them. As I stated my wife and I are currently trying to locate them on our own, but we are looking and reaching out for as much help as possible in gaining my freedom. Since my incarceration I've chosen not to kick against my circumstances, but use them to better my life, my family and my community and the way to accomplish that goal was to better myself, all done with the hopes that justice would prevail and God would open these gates and set me free. With that I've become a Certified Paralegal receiving my diploma from Blackstone Career Institute. I'm currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Sociology with Ohio University and I am 10 credits short of receiving my Associate Degree in General Studies. I've help Publish four books, I'm in the process of finishing a book about my life. I along with my wife am the creator of HOODVOTE, a company that we hope to turn into a non-profit designed to highlight and promote the right to vote. Along with school and all my other ventures I've held a job with the Illinois Correctional Industries, where I've held multiple positions; presently I'm in charge of production as the Production Clerk. We provide and deliver bakery products to all IDOC's some DHS's and Juvenile facilities. I've also been a Peer Educator for 10 years, where I've helped design and teach programs here at Illinois River Correctional Center such as TRAC 1 (Statewide program), Lifestyle Redirection (Statewide program), Thinking 4 Change, Inside Out Dads, The Re-Entry Summit, Anger Management and Financial Literacy Class. All these programs are designed and taught to help rehabilitate, educate, uplift and change the way of thinking that keeps the recidivism rate at a steady pace or rising. The overall idea is to help no just the re-entry process into society but also ensure that we stay in and become conducive members of society. I've also become a Certifies Tutor. I've become Certified by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) Reach One Teach One Program of the IDPH Aids Section & IDOC Health Services to educate my peers and other on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and STD/STI's. Also through the IDPH I've received my Food Service Sanitation Manager Certificate. I've also been blessed to marry my High School sweetheart, my amazingly, wonderful wife Aisha J Brown. With our union I've also been blessed with three step-children to accompany my two sons, Davonte Brown 19, Deshawn Brown 18, (step-children) Shaunesha Moore 19, Nya Moore 16, Trevon Hall 13. I've recently also been blessed with a grandson. Along with these blessings I've also suffered loses that far surpass my own personal freedom. I lost my Grandfather William Jones in 1998, my Grandmother Adelaide Jones in 1999 and recently loss Mother Rose Booker 2015, these are the immeasurable losses, and there is more loss in the Sons that have had to grow-up without their father, my step children having to engage in life without the guidance of their step-father, a sister and nephews that have to face life without a brother/uncle, and last but definitely not least a wife that has to endure the everyday up's and down's of life without her husband. These to me are the worst losses in life, they are also the reasons I get up and look to the sky every morning under the notions that I'm one day closer to home, and that one day I will wake up here and not be falling to sleep here. It's my hope that I've given you reason to not just support me by signing this petition, but also I hope you would look at the system in a different light. A light where youthful mistakes are not allowed where there would be no need for second chances, if in every case there was a search for the truth instead of just first glances. Change is in all of us and change can start by taking small steps, steps as small as giving a voice to the voiceless. This is my outcry but I don't just represent me I also represent those that are in my shoes who lack the support it takes to even reach out in this form. Thank you for your time and support. Sincerely William H. Brown
Petition to Netflix
Netflix: Please Renew The Divide for Season 2!
In February, 2016, Netflix added the legal drama- The Divide- to its streaming line up. The series originally aired on WEtv in 2014, and, despite critical acclaim, was canceled after only one season. I've started this petition hoping to convince Netflix to pick up The Divide and continue with it as an original series. The Divide is a departure from most legal dramas, exploring the criminal justice system from the point of view of the wrongfully convicted and the advocates who fight for their exoneration. I believe The Divide is not only a compelling, well-written, and well-acted series; I believe it contributes something of great value to both television and our level of debate about the death penalty and the sociopolitical forces behind our justice system. The Divide has consistently scored highly with critics, and it has been praised for its moral complexity and its transcendence of racial and gender stereotypes. Unfortunately, it premiered on a network not known for scripted dramas, and it was poorly promoted. I truly believe that, if given the opportunity, The Divide could become a very popular and successful series. If you agree The Divide is an exceptional series that deserves a second chance, please sign my petition and forward it. Thanks. @RenewTheDivide
Petition to Doug Ducey
8 years. That’s how long it’s been since a man has not been able to see his loved ones on a daily basis. 8 years of missed birthdays, graduations, weddings, funerals; 2,920 days. No one seems to be listening or even care though. MY Grandfather. The man who was so influential in my upbringing; the man who i acquired my love of history from and the love of cooking. The man who was WRONGFULLY convicted because of a biased judge and a prosecutor who is no longer allowed to hold a lawyer license. The man who was WRONGFULLY convicted because investigators didn’t succeed in their duties to find truth. This blog is for him. This blog is being written of hopes to bring light to his situation and justice for him. MY Grandfather. It was January 31st, 2009. The bustle of the holidays were finally over and everyone was getting back to their busy schedules of school and work. My mother had made a fantastic beef stew; she always made big dinners on Sundays in hopes to bring the family together before another busy week. As we were sitting down to dinner, there was a knock at the door. My grandfather went to the door to answer it, and there were two detectives standing there. They were there to arrest my grandfather. A few things happened in that moment; My grandfather looked at the detectives in astonishment, my father standing there asking questions (there were so many as to be expected), and my mother was trying to calm us children. The only thing the detectives would tell us was that they needed my grandfather to come down to the station and that he would be home soon. We, of course, followed them down to the station so my grandpa would have a ride home. (I was worried about leaving him with no way to get home) I just couldn’t process what was going on. After what felt like years of waiting in the family crisis center, we were told to go home and my father would get a call to pick up my grandfather from the police station. Little did we know, they had already booked and prepared my grandfather for a couple of nights in jail. It wasn’t until later that night (almost one in the morning) that we found what my grandfather was being charged with: my cousin was accusing my grandfather of molesting him. I still can’t believe it as I’m writing this blog. The man who served 20+ years in the military; the man who always made us breakfast on Saturday/Sunday mornings; the man who helped EVERY person who came across his path. (It didn’t matter if it was financially or needing a place to stay. He was always up for the challenge) It just didn’t add up. My youngest brother was the most heart broken I think. He would constantly spend the night in my grandfather’s room because he hated sharing a room with our other brother. Fast forward through the 60K+ lawyer who was less than helpful, and MANY recants from people who testified AGAINST my grandfather, he was convicted to 57 years in prison. There was no closure for ANY of us. There was no evidence against my grandfather and the case was never reopened even AFTER the situation of the prosecutor bribing judges for convictions was brought to light. He still sits in that cell 77 miles away from his family. I ask that you share this blog in hopes of getting some attention and answer for my family. I ask you share this to bring in hopes to bring peace in a situation that wasn’t handled properly.
Petition to John McCain, Arizona Governor, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Arizona State House, Raul Grijalva, Doug Ducey, ARIZONA
Please help me save my Son
My son Jonathan McQuitty was arrested on August 25th 2014 for possession of child pornography. We explained to his lawyer that he had just bought the computer on line a month prior and that the he had a open WIFI. His lawyer (public defender) showed no interest of helping him and just wanted him to take a plea bargain but my son refused. My son took a polygraph test and passed it with flying colors, he took a forensic psychological sexual test and also passed it with a 100% showing that his mind did not think like a pedophiles mind and his lawyer still refused to show the test results to the prosecutor. We asked to hire a forensic computer specialist to view his computer and to see the dates to when those pictures were installed in to the computer and the lawyer refused to let us hire one, without his approval the prosecutor would not turn over the computer.We even showed him a big mistake on the affidavit for a search warrant that the FBI turned in to the judge to have signed, to which it was dated August 15th 2014 and he stated that on August 28th 2014 he recovered a disk from my son showing that he was in possession of child pornography and we explained how did he have it 2 weeks in advance and the lawyer just said that it was a simple typo. He went through 3 public defenders in less than 2 years, the second one retired after only a month and a half. When he got the new public defender he met with my son once before court then explained to the judge that they were ready for trial. Throughout the course of many many court hearings he had one judge the expressed that the case and the charges didn't seem right, she was supposed to be the judge for his trial and my sons attorney and the prosecutor quickly filed a motion to have her replaced. My son ended up getting 272 years in a maximum prison here in Arizona where he is in solitary confinement, he has never been arrested, gotten in to trouble or even gotten a parking ticket. There are murders and actual child molesters who have molested and raped children who get less time and my son has received a double life sentence for crimes that he didn't commit for pictures that were not even his. We need your help, we have not talked to him or seen him in over 2 months and my son has no business being in prison.
Petition to Oklahoma County District Court, District Attorney David Prater
Free Glynn Simmons
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 email@example.com. View video statements from former prosecutors and victim's sister expressing concern that Glynn was wrongfully convicted: KFOR News Video