13 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Brenda Lawrence, Rick Snyder, Michigan State House, Debbie Stabenow, Debbie Dingell, Gary Peters

Mr. Bates was over sentenced he has spent 21 years in prison when 10-25 was the guildlines

I am writing this petition  asking for clemency/pardon for my husband, Mr. Anthony Bates a 41 year old man that deserves mercy and a chance at a fresh start.  Anthony was 20 years old when he was sentenced by a judge trying to make a name for herself and the sentence does not match the crime. To society Mr. Bates is an inmate of the Michigan Department of Corrections but to others he is family!!!  This petition exists because I firmly believe a commutation of Anthony’s sentence would be in the best interest of our society, justice, the taxpayer and last but not least, the family members, friends and loved ones who continue to suffer each day that Anthony remains incarcerated. Anthony has already completed 21 years of a 35-70-year sentence and paid dearly for the crime he is accused of.  Mr. Bates was grossly over sentenced at the time of his conviction. Anthony was convicted of assault with intent to commit murder which normally has the sentence guidelines of 10-25 years and a weapons -felony firearms which is a mandatory 2-year sentence. 35-70 years is more time than what some 1st degree murder convictions have received. Despite his circumstances Mr. Bates has remained positive and hopeful, never losing his desire to re-enter society as a productive citizen. Anthony is a loving, compassionate husband that cares deeply for his family and friends. Anthony has taken advantage of several self-improvement/ educational programs provided by MDOC. Mr. Bates has also completed a trade program that will allow him to be employable once released. Also Anthony has been successful over the years of trying to maintain a job even while being incarcerated; making sure he stays active assuring that he will not pose an even greater burden on those who love him. Anthony Bates not only deserves clemency but his family deserves to reunite with him. Michigan's sentencing guidelines are not fair across the board and it allows the judge to use his/her personal feelings about the case when considering the sentence for convicts.  I am asking Governor Rick Snyder to grant an executive pardon to Mr. Bates and that he be released immediately. I am also proposing that the MDOC review the records of it's prison population to see if anyone else been sentenced/ served  more time than they may have deserved because of faulty sentencing guidelines especially in cases of African American's. Please sign this to help bring Anthony home.

Sommer Williams-Bates
142 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Luther Strange, Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump

Petition to pardon the dad who killed his daughter's rapist

Jay Maynor has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his daughter's rapist. Jay is not a threat to society.  He is a good man.  We would like to see him set free or at minimum a lesser sentence.   An Alabama man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering his daughter’s sexual abuser.Jay Maynor, 43, pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Raymond Earl Brooks, 59, two years ago in Cullman, Alabama, about 50 miles north of Birmingham.Thirteen years earlier, Brooks had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing Maynor’s 8-year-old daughter, who was also Brooks’ adopted granddaughter.Brooks served 27 months for that crime before he was released on parole. He was a registered sex offender.Maynor’s daughter, who is now 24 and the mother of three, said her dad snapped that day in 2014 after she argued with him over Brooks, reported.Her dad got on his motorcycle and drove to a convenience store, where he fired several rounds inside while trying to hit a man who had been dating his stepdaughter and allegedly had been abusing the woman, she said.Maynor didn’t hit anyone, and took off for Brooks’ home, where he shot the man twice, killing him as he stood in his front yard, authorities said.Maynor’s daughter said he pleaded guilty so she wouldn’t have to testify about being abused by Brooks over several years, until she finally told her step mother, Sandy about it at age 8.“My father was protecting me, like a father should do,” she told the news site. “He is an amazing father, actually the best. He loves us so much.”Her father also pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the store shooting and was sentenced to 20 years, to be served concurrently with his murder sentence.The daughter says her father’s punishment is too harsh.“I’m going through hell,” she said.  

Amy E
22,121 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf

A waiting game!

   The truth about my grandson Darion Levanowitz. My name is Susan Cook, my grandson was lied to by a young girl about her proper age. He was given a harsh sentence and is now serving a 33 months to 17 year sentence in a State Prison. I am asking Governor Tom Wolf for a Pardon. It has been 3 long years, and I think he has done enough time.    This all started in 2013, when he was 17, and met this girl at a Football game. He had a band, and his drummer dropped out, so he was looking for a drummer, and she said she could play. She said that she was 16, and in the 8th grade. He asked her why she was still in 8th grade, and she explained she was held back. He didn't question her any further because she looked 16, and was with people who were that age and older.    He had wanted them to be about the same age because of practicing. She also mentioned that she had a boyfriend who was 17, and asked if he knew him. He said, he did. He gave her his phone number, and said if something changes give me a call, which she did a little over a month later, soon after he turned 18. She texted him and said that her band broke up, and she was available to join his band. So it came down to hearing her play. She made the time and the place.    When he went to her house, she said she had broken up with her boyfriend, and he consoled her and she started to do other things. She invited him back a few days later, this was when he told her he did not want her in his band. She got sad and he made the mistake and give her a hug, and she started things to happen again. He told her that he did not want to continue a relationship with her.     She knew that he already had a girlfriend. He felt so bad about betraying his girlfriends trust, that he broke off his 10 month relationship just days after this.  About one week later he was called into the Police Barracks. He was asked if he was with this girl, and he said yes. He thought something had happened to her.    The Officer told him he had committed a crime, and that he would be arrested for Statutory Rape. He said why she was 16. This is the Legal age in Pennsylvania. The Officer informed him she was not 16 but 13. The Judge told him that he was no longer able to attend his Senior year in school, and he was not able to work. He was put on House arrested for a year, which did not count towards his sentencing.    It was the Commonwealth who pressed the charges, NOT this girl or her family. The whole thing got so misconstrued in the courtroom the first day, that I kept records. I want to get him out of Prison! I think he has done enough time, this was consensual but the law took the consent away. There is no mistake as to age law for someone under 14. And it does not fall under Romeo and Juliet law, because he would have to be 17, and she would have to be under 3 years apart. The State rounds up the years.     This type of case is considered a slam dunk case for the DA. We found this all out when we were fighting for him. I would like to correct these problems, for all who are affected by these bad Laws. If you need to learn more read, NOT Tier Three and Violent at  Thank you, I need to bring my grandson home! His grandmother Susan Cook    

Sue Cook
149 supporters