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Prison Sentencing

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Petition to Who It May Concern, Governor Bentley

FREE COLBY DWIGHT BIRDSONG, Unfairly Charged, Unfairly tried, Unfairly Convicted

Colby Dwight Birdsong was involved with a woman who tried to ruin his life. She has a pattern through her relationships with others that seems to repeat itself. He became involved and they began to have altercations because she has a volatile temperament. She took out several protection from abuse orders but then she would contact him, pursue him, and spend time with him. This female was also involved in multiple relationships with people who were connected to members of law enforcement and made it difficult for Colby to get treated fairly. Getting him out of prison will give our community a good man to be our neighbor and friend, who will be a productive citizen.  This is our letter:To the State of Alabama Court of Criminal AppealsReasons why we ask you to consider Colby Dwight Birdsong for an appeal on his case. He is not guilty.Poor representation by court appointed attorney.The hired attorney was disbarred.Colby's file was lost, when hired attorney's office was closed by the bar association. Hired Attorney fled with all the fees he had been paid by Colby's family.Court appointed attorney voiced anger toward Colby because he was reappointed after being fired by Colby.Judge ruled that the protection orders were null and void.Judge stated that the other Judge could not void the protection orders.The plaintiff violated all the protection orders by contacting Colby and continuing to have a relationship with Colby.Maximum sentencing was given although Colby had no prior criminal behavior.The plaintiff has documented history of mental illness and violent behavior.Plaintiff had influence on law enforcement officers involved in police reports to favor the plaintiff.Witnesses were not called to testify at trial that were critical to Colby's defense.A crucial witness was not allowed to speak in favor of Colby who would have shown that Colby was not guilty.An eyewitness was not allowed to testify the whole truth.Plaintiff perjured herself at trial.One of the prosecution's witnesses perjured herself.Evidence for the defense was not presented by court appointed attorney  that was crucial for defense.Plaintiff had adequate time to self inflict alleged marks and wounds after grandparents left the scene and before law enforcement arrived at the scene, because she was left alone at the scene.Zip ties allegedly used to kidnap plaintiff were not present at the scene or presented at trial.Photos of plaintiff's marks/wounds did not show who was in the photos.A sworn affidavit from a witness was not presented that would have shown the plaintiff was not being honest and was threatening Colby and this witness.Court appointed attorney told the witness with the affidavit that he did not need to be present at trial and then the Judge would not let court appointed attorney admit into evidence the affidavit because the witness was not in the courtroom. The rules during the trial were not followed by the prosecution preventing the defendant from being able to show he was not guilty.The appeals attorney displayed anger toward Sharon Jett and withdrew from the case without waiting for the deadline for Colby to send in appeal letter.

Sonja Abernathy
16 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Louisiana Parole Board

Keep James D. Hereford II in Angola!

His name is James D. Hereford, on May 20, 1986, Hereford brutality beat and shot the victim 11 times and disposed the body of Margaret Nowell Scott in a ditch near the bayou at the end of Nelson Road in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Margaret was the mother of three beautiful little girls, and because of this man, these three girls grew up with only the few memories and pictures of their beautiful mother. Now the State of Louisiana has sent a letter to the family stating that James D. Hereford II: Doc # 115393 DOB 9/8/1964 has requested a commutation of sentence. His hearing is on April 12, 2017. It is wrong to allow a cold blooded killer to even attempt to be released on parole for the sake of any reason at all; especially when his case file clearly reads that he will not be able to not be granted a suspension of sentence, probation, or parole! Hereford's family is requesting and pushing for his parole hearing and release. In the unfortunate event that Hereford is released from a maximum security prison in Louisiana(Angola), he would be living right here in Lake Charles, LA, where the family of the victim are from, and we would have a cold blooded killer loose on the streets to only do it over again. We have enough violence and crime on the streets of our community as it is. Not only that, but this entire family would be in great danger if this man is released from prison where he was originally sentence life, with no parole. For the sake of this family, and all of the safety for the people of our city, I am asking you to please sign this petition so our voices can be heard! I've listed in this petition all of the information you will need to write to the Louisiana Parole Board to let them know we are speaking for the victims, and he is not speaking for himself! We, as a community, will not allow another murderer on the streets of Lake Charles, LA! To read the case file for Hereford, click on this link: https://casetext.com/case/state-v-hereford Louisiana Parole Board Contact Information: You can email the Parole Board at:         paroleboard@corrections.state.la.us You can also send a letter to:                                                           Louisiana Parole Board                                                                            PO Box 94304                                                                                        Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304 Please be sure you include his full name, DOB, and DOC# when emailing or writing the Louisiana Parole Board. James D. Hereford                                                                                     DOB 9/8/1964                                                                                        DOC# 115393  

Tyler Renfroe
469 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 2 weeks ago

Petition to Richard Scott, Brad King, Peter Magrino

Justice for Katherine Bryan Hoover and Baby Rehlin

My Story: On July 26, 2014, my 25-year-old daughter Katherine Bryan Hoover and her husband went to visit her husband's friend, 35-year-old William DeHayes, at his home in Brooksville, Florida. During their visit, DeHayes decided to show off his gun collection. His subsequent recklessly negligent actions would prove fatal to my daughter, as well as to her unborn son, Rehlin. My devastated family and I are seeking justice on their behalf. Here's what happened that horrible day. When DeHayes began showing off his gun collection, he checked the first several guns to ensure they weren't loaded. But when he pulled out his .22 caliber revolver, he neither checked to see if the safety was on, nor if it was loaded--an act of complete and utter negligence. While showing off this unchecked .22 caliber revolver to his visitors, DeHayes began twirling the revolver in his hand like a gunslinger, in an incredibly cavalier manner ("kinda like a cowboy would," he later told police). He was pointing the revolver in Katherine's direction. The gun was cocked and loaded. As DeHayes twirled it on his finger, it discharged, shooting Katherine in the head. Katherine was rushed to the hospital, where she died a few hours later. Doctors delivered her unborn son, Rehlin, via emergency C-section, but as he was only at 5 months' gestation, he lived a mere 30 minutes before dying, as well. My family and I are bereft at these senseless, tragic, and completely preventable losses. I rushed to the hospital to be at Katherine's side, and I cannot tell you how traumatic the entire experience was. I've never seen so much blood before in my life as I did that night. Watching my baby girl leave this world and remembering the joy of when she came into this world, I thought I was going to die right there beside her. I begged and pleaded with the doctors to save her, even though I knew in my head that they couldn't do anything for her. My heart just couldn't accept it. Katherine also left behind a beautiful little boy, Nicholas, who is 6. He will have to endure a lifetime without his loving, devoted mother--all because of DeHayes' negligence. Making matters worse, because investigators say that Katherine's death was due to an "accidental shooting," they have declined to charge DeHayes, despite the fact that drug paraphernalia (specifically, a bong) was at the crime scene--and despite the fact that DeHayes essentially admitted in his interview with the Hernando County sheriff to a pattern of negligence. According to a recording of his interview obtained by the Daily Beast, he told the sheriff: "I haven’t slept in three days trying to figure out how the hell [the gun] went off. I don’t know. I mean them damn guns. The shotgun goes off when it wants to. I almost blew my damn head off twice." Excuse me, but shotguns don't go off when they "want" to. Shotguns go off when their owners are negligent. Full stop. Despite this damning evidence of repeated negligence, and despite the fact that there are children in DeHayes' home who might be at risk, officials not only refused to arrest or charge him: they also gave him his guns back, without so much as a slap on the wrist. I am shocked, appalled, and devastated at how the judicial system has failed us. In fact, I feel like I am going crazy. How is it that DeHayes' right to own and play recklessly with his guns trumps my daughter's right to life? If a person drowns a dog, charges are filed. Is not my daughter's life, and that of her baby, worth more than that of a dog? How can this be? Please, help us secure justice for Katherine and Rehlin. Please prosecute DeHayes for involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and/or other appropriate charges, and give him a trial before a jury of his peers. As his pattern of recklessness demonstrates, he is a menace to society. He deserves to be prosecuted for his unconscionable actions that proved fatal to Katherine and Rehlin. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Donna Bryan bereaved mother of Katherine Bryan Hoover

Donna Bryan
15,755 supporters