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innocence project

12 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to NBC

Please help free an innocent man.

Manuel Pacheco, Manny to his friends and family was convicted of a murder he did not commit.  The murder took place in 1984 when he was 15 and the girl (Angela Wong) was 11 years old.  Manny was not arrested until he was 35 years old and even though he was a child when the murder took place, he was tried in an adult court, that’s the first of many errors in his trial.  Witnesses were coerced into changing their statements and all this is on record in court proceedings as you can read how stories changed from one day to another after being spoken to by investigating Detectives.  Most important is that there is DNA evidence that proves Manny did not commit the murder and we finally have a copy of the DNA report that shows that a hair that was found in Angela’s panties does not even belong to Manny, but to another gentlemen who had a  previous record of assault.  We even have paperwork that gives testimony from a cell mate where the man who’s DNA matches confessed to the murder and yet this man was never brought to justice and now walks free while Manny has been incarcerated for 17 years now on a 9 to Life sentence.  Now that we have the DNA evidence, we’ve reached out and have been able to land power attorney Bruce Barket.  We also have stirred up the media and have the show Reasonable Doubt from the Discovery Network calling us to start to investigate this wrongful conviction to create an episode around Manny's case, also the Latin news show Primer Impacto is clammering for information they can broadcast about this miss-handling of justice.  The New York Innocence Project has even signed on to take Manny’s case.  Everyone is going to learn why the Parole board has denied Manny his release 5 times since they are aware that he has a $30 - $100,000,000 lawsuit pending for wrongful incarceration and they are afraid to admit the truth.  Instead asking him to plead guilty and be released “time-served”.  It’s for all these reasons we ask everyone to sign this petition to help tell the parole board that we will no longer stand for an innocent man to be locked up.  Thank you for your support. To also show your support, please feel free to write Manny by snail mail @ Manuel Pacheco 04A1923 ​Great Meadow Correctional FacilityP.O. Box 51Comstock, New York 12821-0051

Teddy Moreno
234 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Ralph Northam, Mark Herring, Mark D. 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
689 supporters