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Prison Sentencing

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Petition to Tom Wolf, Daylin Leach, Stewart Greenleaf, Christine Tartaglione, Donald White

Grant Clemency For George Trudel. 29+ Years Is Long Enough. Bring Him Home To His Family.

  George Trudel, Inmate # AS-2262, is currently serving his 29th year at SCI Graterford. George was sentenced to death by incarceration ( Life without Parole) for being present at the scene of a murder he did not commit, on the night of November 14, 1986. The murderer, Robert " Bobby" Barrett served only a 7 year sentence and was released.   George Trudel is an accomplished honor student and college graduate, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2012. He has received academic and community support, with recommendations for clemency by highly respected Professors from Villanova University, including: Ronald Paul Hill, Ph.D, James Wetzel, and Joseph Betz, Ph.D. Also, a recommendation for clemency from West Chester University, Dr. Brian F. O'Neill.   George Trudel has been a model prisoner since the first day of his incarceration over 29 years ago. Please support this petition, so George may be granted clemency and be released into the loving arms of his family, who have suffered along with him for three decades. The biggest devastation for George, his Mother, and his sister to endure, was watching George's grandmother, Sophie N. Martin ( Lovingly referred to as Gram) work tirelessly for years up until her death, to free George from prison, never getting to see him released.  George Trudel, if granted clemency, will succeed and make a positive difference in society. Please know in your heart, that if you sign this petition, you will participate in freeing a good, decent, loving, kind, and completely rehabilitated man. It is time for George Trudel to come home now. CONTACT GOVERNOR TOM WOLF- email: govcorrespcrm@pa.govPhone: (717) 787-2500/ Fax: (717) 772-8284Let him know about George Trudel, send him this petition through email. Tell him to grant him Clemency through his Commutation file. George Trudel Inmate # AS-2262 SCI Graterford.  

E. Geyer
586 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Riverside County District Attorney

Justice for Jesse Meraz

To California Governor Jerry Brown and the Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Jesse Meraz is just a six-character inmate number. But to me he is a faithful, hard-working, loving husband and father. You see, Jesse was thrown back into prison even after serving his sentence and our family is in a tail spin. Jesse made some bad decisions when he was a kid and before he even went to his first middle school dance, like too many men of color he was just another statistic in the criminal justice system. Jesse and I make no excuses for his bad behavior. He was hanging out with the wrong crowd, skipping school, and doing drugs. It wasn’t long before he was arrested for possession of a firearm. By his mid-20s he had been accused of four felonies and was serving his sentences. Under California’s draconian three-strikes law, he was looking at a life sentence for the non-violent crimes he committed. But in 2014, a Court of Appeals, reversed two of the charges and Jesse was resentenced to what we all believed was the maximum sentence under the law. Since he had already served seven years, Jesse was released with probation. Jesse was 36-years-old when he left prison and he worked hard to make the most of his second chance. He got a job, a good union job as an ironworker with Local 433. That’s no small feat for someone with a criminal record. He remained drug-and-drink-free. He obeyed all laws, had zero run-ins with law enforcement, and fulfilled all the requirements of his probation. He had even began getting his tattoos removed with the help of Homeboy Industry in Los Angeles. As a family, we both worked hard to provide for our four kids. We are home owners and during the housing crunch when we fell behind on our payments, Jesse worked every day to get us caught up. We did not have to rely of government services for anything. We attended church regularly, made sure our kids did well in school, and we paid our taxes. We were productive members of our community and Jesse had finally put all the mistakes of the past behind him. Then suddenly in all came to an abrupt halt. The Riverside District Attorney (Indio office) filed a petition to reverse the appeal that got him out in 2014. At his court hearing, Jesse had more than 20 people show up to speak on his behalf and we also had character letters from several community members including the former Indio Chief of Police but the judge did not allow us to present anything. The District Attorney argued that Jesse should not benefit from the new laws and would have to be resentenced under the old three-strikes law. He was sentenced to 25-years-to-life. Jesse was placed back into custody on January 30, 2017. I have worked for Riverside County for almost a decade now. I believe in a rehabilitation system that punishes those who commit crimes and then allows that person to do their time and move on. Additionally, as a taxpayer, I do not want to have to pay for another inmate when he has already served his time and has a proven record of living as a productive member of society who is not reliant on the government dime. Please sign my petition to ask the court to reverse the latest sentence and release my husband. Our family wants to go on living our lives quietly and without fear of having to pay for my husband’s mistakes from his past. Sincerely,Guadalupe Meraz

Guadalupe Meraz
20,747 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Roy Cooper

Harsh 74 yr prison sentencing - Demanding a release.

I first want to start off by saying .. no one on this Earth is perfect. We all do things that we are not proud of due to the things we go through in life.  My father Toby Love was convicted in the year of 2004 to 74 years in prison due to Robbery with a dangerous weapon. My father has served 13 of his 74 year sentence. After the crime took place, my father turned himself in, and admitted to his wrong doing. In the event of the trial, my father was not granted a fair trial do to several reasons. The judge at the time (may she Rest In Peace) Evelyn Hill, was being investigated bc of her comments and the way she handled trials. There were several aligations against her that she was being prejudice during some trial cases.  The trial court committed plain and prejudicial error when she failed to recuse herself when she had a bias against My father, Toby Loves trial counsel, Craig Thompson. Judge Evelyn Hill had a history of unfairly treating Craig Thompson, Which was also my fathers defense attorney. She was biased against him and had demonstrated an unprofessional attitude towards him in a previous trial. She should not have presided over any case where he was an attorney. My father could not get a fair trial with Evelyn Hill on the bench. Her past conduct towards His defense counsel was so outrageous that the Court of Appeals granted Craig Thompson’s former client a new trial. She had a duty to recuse herself in the interests of justice. In October, 2003 Judge Evelyn Hill presided over the indecent liberties jury trial of Douglas Shane Wright in Alamance County Superior Court. Mr. Wright’s defense attorney was Craig Thompson. Mr. Wright was found guilty and appealed the decision to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.His main assignment of error was that Judge Hill’s unprofessional conduct and demeaning attitude towards his trial counsel deprived him of a fair trial:Defendant cites several incidents in which he argues the trial judge’s extraneous comments to his counsel were improper and deprived him of a fair and impartial trial. State v. Wright, (North Carolina Court of Appeals, decided August 16, 2005) The Court of Appeals granted Wright a new trial. When my father was tried in December of 2004 the Wright case had not yet been decided. My father deserves to have his case reviewed. He deserves to be free. There are several more court errors during my dads trial other than that. But his appeal was always denied. I'm not sure if it was to protect the judge at the time but it is definitely not fair!  I talk to my father daily on the phone, and each day I speak to him he apologies to me and my family for letting us down. My father has four children. All girls aging 27, 24, 23, and 19. He has missed 13 years of our lives. He also has a granddaughter that he has never met, but talks to on the phone and sends her mail, like cute cards on her birthday so that she is aware that he exists. My father just recently had a birthday May 22. This made 13 birthdays that he has spent in prison. His best friend (his father) my grandfather passed away two years ago. My dad was able to come to the viewing of the body but not the funeral. They had him chained like an animal in the funeral home. He couldn't even hug his father goodbye, let alone his children who were standing in the same room watching him hurt as we hurt. They did not allow us to touch our father. To not be able to comfort my father during a time like that but to be in his presence was devasting. My father has always been known to be a great man. A loving father, a wonderful uncle, a great husband, a caring son and a funny but spirited brother. He would give you the shirt off his back if you didn't have one. He loved to work on cars, and build things like decks and renovations of houses. He loved his Rottweiler Fry, and Fry loved him. He was always walking that dog or teasing him with something! He enjoyed being the neighborhood handyman for the kids when their bikes broke down or when there scooters jammed up. I've always looked up to my dad, he was well respected. We all know you have to give respect to get it. Since being in prison, my father has obtained his GED and has read numerous books. He has a job as a barber in the prison facility making $2 a week. My father has always been a hard worker. I believe he just got caught up with the wrong people at the wrong time. It's been 13 years. And the trial as well as the judge was not fair! The trial was prejudiced and for 13 years nothing has been done about it although the judge that convicted him resigned due to the aligations and complaints against her. I feel like my father has served his time. And continunting to spend over 20,000 a year just to house him in prison is unnecessary.  My father wants to work, he wants to spend time with his family, he wants to walk us down the aisle when the time comes. He wants to be apart of society. He wants to show us that he is not his mistakes. My father deserves a second chance at life! 

Leandra Foust
12 supporters
This petition won 12 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
262,295 supporters