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Petition to Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas], Ellen Alexander - Case Manager For Honorable Judge David Hittner, Karen Harpold - Administrative/Judicial Assistant

40 years for marijuana is not justice

Grant a Reduction of Sentence to My Son Edwin Walter Rubis, 40 years for marijuana is not justice.My son, Edwin Walter Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. [ At age 29, Edwin was slapped with this offense while battling drug addiction. At the time of his arrest, we discovered that authorities were seeking information on others involved in the drug trade that Edwin did not have. Edwin's court appointed attorney advised us that, without cooperation, no plea agreement to plead guilty would be in effect. Based on counsel's advisement, Edwin proceeded to trial, and received a sentence of 40 years for not cooperating. He has served 18 years on this offense. Even if he had been fairly represented through a paid competent attorney, and his trial had not weighed against him, 18 years is sufficient for this non-violent crime. Please sign our petition asking Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas], to grant our son Edwin a reduction of sentence, so he may have a second chance at life. While serving this federal sentence, Edwin has taken numerous rehabilitation programs to better himself. He has certificates of completion from the psychology and religious departments. He is currently enrolled in Christian Bible College and Seminary pursuing a Master's degree in Christian Counseling and Therapist Certification. He completed a 2 year apprenticeship to be a dental assistant, and is currently working in the medical department at his present institution. Edwin is active in his personal studies, and is seen as a mentor by others for both spiritual and personal character. Upon his immediate release, Edwin has, at the minimum, three job offers available from the community. Sadly, all our possible legal options have been exhausted, including clemency from the President. I am pleading for my son to receive a sentence reduction so that he can continue his rehabilitation efforts by helping young men deal with situations he faced during his younger years in the streets. Please sign this petition urging Honorable Judge David Hittner, in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner, to grant him a sentence reduction, based on the case of Holloway v. United States, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 102707 (E.D. NY 2014). Edwin has been rehabilitated and deserves a second chance. Sincerely, Maria Roque and Family. God bless You.

Jeremy Malone
4,239 supporters
This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to Deborah Leff, President of the United States

President Obama: Commutation for Weldon Angelos - 55 years for marijuana

My brother Weldon Angelos, who was on his way to becoming a successful musician--writing and producing songs with artists such as Snoop Dogg and other acclaimed musicians--has been in federal prison for over 12 years. He faces 43 more years. All because he sold small amounts of marijuana and possessed--only possessed, didn't use--a gun at the same time! Even the judge who sentenced Weldon disagreed with the mandatory sentence of 55 years. The father of two young boys and a daughter, Weldon had never before been in trouble with the law. He was convicted when he was 24 years old of selling small amounts of marijuana to a confidential informant three times. The informant, who was a childhood acquaintance of Weldon, testified that a gun was present (never brandished or used) during two of the pot deals, which were friendly encounters in a store parking lot. When the police officers presented a warrant for Weldon's arrest, he consented to a search of his home, where officers found some marijuana and three guns, one in a locked brief case and the other two in a locked safe. The conservative federal judge Paul Cassell, appointed by President George W. Bush, sentenced Weldon to one day in prison on the marijuana charges. But, to the judge's dismay, he had to sentence Weldon to 55 years in prison because Weldon possessed a gun during a drug offense, which was mandatory under federal law, even though Weldon had never before been convicted of a crime. Judge Cassell called the sentence "cruel, unjust, and even irrational," and "one of those rare cases where the system has malfunctioned." Members of Congress have also publicly decried the injustice of Weldon's sentence, including Senators Rand Paul (R- Ky.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Ut.), and Orrin Hatch (R-Ut.), and over 100 former federal prosecutors and judges joined together to challenge Weldon's outrageous sentence. Judge Cassell highlighted that Weldon's sentence is far longer than the sentences received for "child rape (11 years)," "second-degree murder (14 years)," and even "aircraft hijacking (24 years)." Had Weldon been prosecuted in state court, the judge noted, Weldon would have served about 2 years in prison. In 2004, Judge Cassell called upon the President to commute Weldon's unjust sentence. Since then, Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch of Utah, and dozens of prominent celebrities, activists, book authors, legal scholars, business leaders (including Koch Industries), and former elected and appointed government officials have joined Judge Cassell in calling on President Obama to release Weldon from prison. But that hasn't happened yet. After 12 years, Weldon is still in prison. It breaks my heart. My father feared he would die without ever seeing Weldon free from prison. And on January 4, 2015, that's exactly what happen. Our father died without seeing his son free from behind bars. The Constitution provides the President with the power of commutation to reach a humane, merciful, just result. Please help us reach that result by signing and sharing this petition.

Lisa Angelos
262,370 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of Decatur Commission

Decatur Divest from Wells Fargo. Calling for an Ethics & Values Review.

  We, the undersigned, are residents, employees, patrons and/or small business owners of the City of Decatur. We ask City of Decatur to reexamine the city’s relationship with Wells Fargo bank. We believe that doing business with Wells Fargo is in opposition to our city’s values, ethics and fair business practices. We are proud of Decatur’s 2012 Environmental Sustainability Plan, which is “a direct outcome of the 2010 Strategic Plan, Principle C: Serve as Good Stewards of the Environment and Community Resources.”[1,2]  We want clean water, clean air and healthy soil.  We understand that national and global actions affect us locally.  We understand our actions affect other communities.  Wells Fargo is the City of Decatur’s primary bank. Our property, business and other taxes and the City’s funds are deposited with Wells Fargo. According to Investopedia, deposits are the primary source of loanable funds for almost every bank. Wells Fargo loans our money to fund fossil fuel infrastructure projects, such the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). [3] We do not want our tax dollars to support the DAPL project. Wells Fargo uses our city funds to invest in private, for-profit prisons [4] and has committed fraud affecting millions of customers [5]. After the fraud was exposed, Wells Fargo subsequently fired over 5,000 employees for having followed management orders and no executive leadership were penalized until after congressional inquiry. We consider this to be unethical behavior. We want our city to bank with a business that is aligned with our values! We appreciate the City Commissioner’s thoughtful consideration of this request.  ­­_______________________________________________________________ [1] (draft 8-15-16, page 7) [2] (draft 8-15-16, page 7)   [3] used the Oil Climate Index for the life cycle emissions of Bakken crude oil and the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator for coal plant and vehicle equivalents. 95% utilization equates to average annual throughput of 541,500 barrels per day. Contact us for full details of this calculation. [4] [5] RESOURCES & LINKS  SeattleOrdinance Global Divestment Report Cities and People Profiting from Fossil Fuel are Hurting Future Generations The U.N. Paris Climate Accord  

Scot Hollonbeck
153 supporters