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Petition to Eric Greitens

Spare Russell a painful death and stay his execution

The Missouri Supreme Court has scheduled Russell Bucklew to be executed on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. His previous execution date in 2014 was stayed by the United States Supreme Court because of his rare health condition that could cause him great pain during the execution process. Sign this petition to ask Governor Greitens to show mercy and spare Russell a painful, gruesome death. Russell's medical condition, cavernous hemangioma, causes weakened and malformed blood vessels. During the execution process, tumors in his nose and throat could rupture and bleed.  The U.S. Supreme Court already found his medical condition reason to stay his execution in 2014. Today, Russell continues to suffer from this same condition. Carrying out this death sentence would be inhumane, especially in the context of many other recent botched executions around the country.  Sign this petition now to ask Governor Greitens to stay Russell's execution. Russell was convicted and sentenced to death by a Boone County jury in 1997. He has been in prison for two decades now, and an inhumane execution will not restore or undo the harm he caused so long ago.   We do not ask that he be exempt from accountability for his crimes - we only ask that Missouri avoid its own horrific display of how the state can use its power to take life so ineffectively and inhumanely. Our justice system, and particularly our response to violence, fails to heal our communities. We need a response to crime that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence. The death penalty is rife with errors and inconsistencies, fails to deter crime, and has a steep cost in not only financial but human terms. Death is not justice, and we should not execute this man. EDIT: In light of the recent Buzzfeed investigation revealing that Missouri's source of lethal injection drugs is a backwater, shady pharmacy with multiple citations and lawsuits against it, we must stop this execution.   As BuzzFeed found, "Foundation Care, a 14-year-old pharmacy based in the suburbs of St. Louis that has been repeatedly found to engage in hazardous pharmaceutical procedures and whose cofounder has been been accused of regularly ordering prescription medications for himself without a doctor’s prescription... Foundation Care is what is known as a compounding pharmacy, one that mixes specialty drugs that are not readily available on the market. These pharmacies are more loosely regulated than traditional manufacturers, and slipshod practices at some of them have led to tainted drugs and deadly disease outbreaks." Foundation Care has also had multiple lawsuits from employees, one of which is ongoing and alleges that "Foundation Care violated state or federal regulations by reselling drugs returned by patients, purposefully omitting the names of ingredients in drugs it prepared, and failing to notify other states about a $300,000 settlement with Kansas over allegations of Medicaid fraud. The suit also accuses one of the pharmacy’s founders of 'regularly and frequently' ordering prescription medications for himself without a prescription, a crime that carries up to a year behind bars. One of the employees alleged that during a dispute with the founders, she was held against her will and feared she would be physically struck."

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
1,029 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Tracie Davis, Audrey Gibson, Marco Rubio, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Susan Davis, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Mike Quigley

Help families of murdered children pass Curtis’s Law

I will never forget the day those policeman came to my door to tell my that my son Curtis was dead. Your world is immediately flipped upside down and the pain grips you like nothing else you can imagine. After the initial shock wears off, you want answers. As a parent, you need basic answers. Answers to questions like: Who is investigating my child’s case, and where are their belongings? As if the pain of losing my child wasn’t enough, I had to take on the additional stress and frustration of attempting to pry these very basic details out of the law enforcement agency investigating my son’s death. In Florida, law enforcement agencies are not required to release any information about on-going murder investigations to anyone. My son’s investigation has been on-going for almost 20 years now. I had to get a lawyer to simply find out who was working on my son’s case! I would later learn that my experience was not unique. Other parents were struggling through the same process. Those who can’t afford legal counsel often give up. This is why I am working with other parents of murdered children to create a law in Florida that would require law enforcement agencies to send a letter to the parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin within 30 days of notifying them of their child’s death. The letter would include information about: Onsite police and paramedics, assigned investigators, coroner’s name, where child’s property and belongings are stored, and any available photos This would NOT be required if the child’s parent, legal guardian, or next-of-kin is a suspect or person-of-interest in the child’s murder investigation. When a family faces the unthinkable, all they want is some type of closure. They shouldn’t have to spend weeks or months, or even retain legal counsel to get the basic information about their child’s case that can help our families begin to heal. Please sign this petition today and help families like mine pass Curtis’s Law today.    

patricia ward
58,390 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to John Hickenlooper

A CHILD SENTENCED TO DIE in PRISON & ADULT Co-def gets a plea deal! Where is the justice?

"John Leonardelli was my Grandpa, and I feel like he would only want the person for killing him to be in prison." - Steve Malone "Trying kids as adults, is and was supposed to be, rare and only used for the worst of the worst. My little brother NEVER had any felonies or even a record. None of his childhood friends had ever seen him fight nor act out violently. EVER! He was convicted of being the killer, which he has ALWAYS maintained his innocence. Over a decade ago the killer confessed and his confession is collaborated with physical and DNA evidence. He was with the codefendant because he was told to go with him by the foster mom according to police reports. He's been in there 24 years, when is enough, ENOUGH? How was Jeff then or now the worst of the worst? Is this what our Justice System stands for? If so, then congratulations to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office. You were able to convict a kid who was in Special ED. since the third grade to prison FOREVER for a murder HE DIDN'T COMMIT! l stand behind Jeff Johnson through this miscarriage of justice." - Lori Johnson My name is Jeff Johnson and I was a juvenile who was tried as an adult and sentenced to die in prison for being at a murder, and my codefendant who is the murderer, was given a plea bargain.  Yes, my codefendant confessed to the murder and wrote me a letter over a decade ago, and you can read letter on All of the victim's DNA was on my codefendant's clothing, etc, none on me, which there would've been if I was close because our case was a stabbing case.  I was there and I didn't do anything to help the victim, I acted as a coward, not a man. I believe I should do time but I fail to understand how I'm being held more accountable than the actual killer? I've never had any felonies or anything before this, my codefendant had several as a juvenile and was even fighting six other felony charges when we caught this case. My codefendant and I barely even knew each other. I met him at the emancipation home that I was living in that he had gotten out of a couple of years prior to me arriving there. One of the foster brothers saw him on the bus and brought him home, he asked the foster mom to take him to get his check but she couldn't go because her car was broke down. The foster brother who saw him on the bus couldn't go because he was on a court curfew for a stolen car, so the foster mom told me to go with him; I've been in prison since. I've been in prison going on 24 years. When I came in I was struggling to find my identity, and I began to get involved in drugs and other things that plague our system. I only had a third grade reading level when I entered prison. I had no accomplishments or had I done anything to be proud of. I have since learned how to read, got my GED, went to college and recieved a paralegal degree. Now, I have read hundreds of books on investing, real-estate, history, language, self-help, and religion. I even taught myself Spanish. I help teach a class based off of the book by Stephen Covey called "7-Habits of Highly Effective People". My father, John Johnson, and I have also been working on programs that will help to teach our at risk youth better ways of making the right CHOICES. For the last few years I've volunteered in the school and in the evening helping mentor and teach the other inmates various things. I have created several programs that provide gifts or raise money for victims of crime and cancer. I was asked by the Colorado Department of Corrections to help them write a three year long program that would help reintegrate juveniles who were tried as adults (like myself) and had been in prison for at least 20 years learn the tools they needed to become contributing members of society. I interviewed over a 140 staff members and even more offenders who violated parole to do this. I'm currently designing and creating a Restorative Justice Workshop that will help offenders see first hand the destruction their actions caused not only to the victims, but their families, society, including ourselves as well. I have also created a program that reaches out to our at-risk youth, where we help show, teach, and mentor them using prison and our reality as a learning lesson. I don't believe in scaring them because everyone overcomes their fears however we can never educate them enough. I am writing all of this to you all because I need help saving what little life I have left or I'm going to die in here. I need to raise 200,000 signatures or more to give to Governor Hickenlooper and ask that he commutes my sentence. I thank all of you for your time and ask that you sign this petition and pass it around and post it on all of your social media sites. I need all of you to help me, please. This will be my last chance at a second chance. Thank you. To learn more about me you can go to the following sites:            About Jeff Johnson Newspaper Articles Available  1. - title - Will Juvenile Lifers Get A Second Chance? - by Alan Prendergast - 11/29/12 2. - title - A Story About Life - by Hannah Garcia - 2/25/15 3. - title - Juvenile Justice - by Jordan Steffen - 7/01/16 Podcast Available 4. - it's under - Hearsay Legal Podcast - title - A Story About Life - by Hannah Garcia - 2/25/15 Other Personal Sites Available 5. - title - Support for Jeff Johnson 6. - Website pertaining to my case ONLY You can also email or write me directly using Connect or at the following address: Jeff Johnson #86873 PO Box 999 Canon City, CO 81215 I also write short articles on Facebook on the "Support for Jeff Johnson" page, so please like my page. THANK YOU for taking the time to read my petition and supporting me.  Respectfully, Jeff Johnson

Lori Binder-Johnson
1,247 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Stop the wave of lynching caused by false allegations! #CrushSilence

English / Deutsch / Русский To International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH ) We believe that any crime should be punished, and every victim should receive proper support and protection. The huge wave of suddenly raised allegations of sexual harassment manifests a new trend of false accusations that ruin the lives of both famous and common people. Public defamation and shaming are done long before a formal judgment is made. In the cases where the accused person is found innocent, it’s already impossible to restore his ruined life and reputation. As a result of false accusations people lose their jobs, careers, friends and families. Human dignity is inviolable and a fundamental right. The above is a clear violation of the basic human rights as proclaimed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly (UDHR 1948). In particulate, violated are the following articles: presumption of innocence (article 11), right to privacy – no attacks on honor or reputation (article 12), freedom from distinction of any kind, such as sex (article 2). The fear of becoming the next victim of slander has a horrifying impact on every aspect of our lives. It affects our social behavior, code of conduct at work, friendship, family, and romantic relationships. Meanwhile, real crimes are lost in the noise created by false accusations leaving the criminals unpunished and the true victims without the proper attention and support. We are men and women from different countries who consider the following vital: Protect the anonymity of the accuser and accused, at least until a conviction of guilt is made; Increase punishment for making false accusations and ensure their enforcement; Maintain an equal attitude towards men and women in cases of similar charges; Strictly forbid any statements, comments or publications by not authorized people, media or social media posts referring to specific cases or individuals, until concrete elements of an offence have been proven; Provide psychological support and financial compensation for victims of false accusations and related slander. We request the International Federation for Human Rights to act immediately and to take the necessary measures to protect the innocent from false accusations. The #CrushSilence movement encourages all people, men and women, to stop the wave of lynching and slander to restore justice! Please show your support by signing this petition!

Alina Raz
1,086 supporters