innocence project

15 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Doug Ducey

Innocently Jailed

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. 

Sarah Brown
8 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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.

nadine denise
113 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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 View video statements from former prosecutors and victim's sister expressing concern that Glynn was wrongfully convicted: KFOR News Video

The Advocacy Council
18,146 supporters