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Petition to Ernest Gwinn

Help Ernest Gwinn Come Home - Sign My Executive Clemency Petition

My name is Ernest Gwinn R26930. I am currently housed at Dixon Correctional Center 2600 N. Brinton Ave, Dixon, IL 61021.  I filed an Executive Clemency for commutation of two prison sentences. I received one sentence for 25 years at 50% for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Additionally, I received 20 years at 85% for a home invasion with an injury. As of March 2018, I will have served 15 years of the assigned sentence. My current release date is September 4, 2032, my mandatory release date is September 4, 2035. By signing my petition, you are showing your support for my sentences to be concurrent instead of consecutively. Anybody out there with a loved one in prison or even if you have been incarcerated? If so, you have to understand this pain. If you could get out or have your loved one released with your signature, would you do it? Well, I am a good man whose made some mistakes. I am not perfect but I have learned from my mistakes. I too, am also a son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend - just like some of you!  My 25 years at 50% = 12 1/2 years (to do) + 20 years at 85% = 17 years (to do). So, 12 1/2 years (to do) + 17 years (to do) = 29 1/2 years (to serve in prison). This is with my sentences consecutively, right now. Then, 29 1/2 years (to serve) - 15 years (already served) = 14 1/2 (more years to serve). If I were not out on bond when I caught my second case, my time would have been run concurrent anyways (together).  This petition will support my effort in getting my sentences concurrently which would be my 15 years (I've already served) being applied evenly into both of my sentences. So the 12 1/2 years (to do) minus 15 years (I’ve already served) is done, 17 years (to do) minus 15 years I’ve already served equals 2 years (left to serve) and I’m out of prison. Please review my accomplishments that I have achieved during my 15 years of incarceration. If you are in support of my release, please sign the petition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to write me. I appreciate your time and consideration. Summarization of Incarcerated Accomplishments Certifications 06/2003 - 09/2003, Dads Are Doing Something (D.A.D.S.) 12 weeks 06/2003 - 09/2003, Aggression Control Training (I.A.C.T.) - 12 weeks 2003 Substance Abuse, Lake County Jail - 12 weeks 06/10/2004, Practical Christian Living 12/23/2004, Ten Men You Should Know - 10 weeks  04/14/2003 - 01/02/07, The C.E.F Mailbox Club - 95 lessons, 3.95GPA 04/16/2005, In God We Trust - 10 lessons 10/2004 - 08/30/05, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 03/24/2006, God's Great Salvation 10/03/2006, Basic Bible Truths 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Business Management (D.A.C.C.), 37 credit hours 03/28/2012, Faithful Fathers, 12 modules  07/16/2012, Anger Management, 12 modules 04/26/2013, Lifestyle Redirection, 12 modules 06/24/2013, Knowing Jesus Christ, 12 modules 07/26/2013, The God News, 4 lessons 08/06/2013, Lesson on Assurance, 12 lessons 08/19/2013, Born to Win, 12 lessons 08/21/2013, A Country Called Heaven, 12 lessons 08/28/2013, Talking with Christ, 12 lessons 08/31/2013, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Water Baptized as Protestant Christian 09/30/2013, The Word of God, 12 lessons 09/30/2013, The Good News of Your Salvation, 12 weeks 09/30/2013, The Greatest Man Alive, 3 lessons 10/21/2013, Growing as a Christian 10/21/2013, Developing Your Faith  12/02/2013, Inside Out Dads, 12 modules 12/16/2013, Lessons for Christian Living, 12 lessons 12/16/2013, Doing Time with Jesus, 12 lessons 12/17/2013, Basic Christian Doctrine, 10 lessons 12/17/2013, Serving Others, 12 lessons 12/31/2013, Discovering the Bible 02/13/2014, My New Life in Christ, 20 lessons 02/17/2004, A Journey through the Bible, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Sense and Nonsense about Prayer, 12 lessons 02/17/2004, Lessons on Christian Living, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Proverbs for Life, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Securely Saved and Sure of It, 12 lessons 03/17/2014, Twelve Units of Study, 12 units 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Diploma, Highest Honors 04/11/2014, The New Life in Christ, Part II, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Walking the Walk, 10 lessons 04/21/2014, How to Succeed on the Streets, 12 lessons 04/21/2014, Ecclesiastes, 10 lessons 04/30/2014, Victorious Christian Living 05/12/2014, The Character of the Christian 05/12/2014, The Spirit Filled Christian, 05/19/2014, What the Bible Teaches, 12 lessons 05/19/2014, God is There, 12 lessons 05/27/2014, Basic Bible Beliefs  06/16/2014, Managing Anger God's Way, 10 lessons 06/16/2014, The Bible, What's in it for You, 10 lessons 06/23/2014, The Character of the Christian 07/08/2014, I'll Take the High Road, 12 lessons 07/28/2014, One God, One Way, 12 lessons 08/12/2014, Walking with Christ 08/21/2014, New Life in Christ III, 25 lessons 08/27/2014, Foundations for Faith 09/02/2014, Parables of Jesus, Part I 12/12/2014, Practical Christian Living, 24 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of John, 6 lessons 01/19/2015, The Letter of James 02/12/2015, Basic Bible Truths, 10 lessons 07/28/2014, Emmas Correspondence School, 24 units 12/17/2014, Substance Abuse, Danville Correctional Center 02/24/2015, Transforming Incarcerated Dads, 2-day seminar, IDOC 03/02/2015, Men Who Met the Master, 6 lessons 03/02/2015, Discovering Bible Study, 10 lessons 03/05/2015, Growing in Discipleship 04/01/2015, Fisher of Men, 3 lessons 07/20/2015, The Spirit World, 8 lessons 08/31/2015, Summary of the Bible, 12 lessons 08/31/2015, Parables of Jesus, Part II 09/01/2015, Study on Prayer 09/05/2015, Sharing Your Faith 10/24/2015, The Spirit Filled Christian 11/15/2015, Devine Versus Natural View Point 01/04/2016, The Believers Battle with Temptation, 12 lessons 01/04/2016, Forgiving and Being Forgiven, 4 lessons 01/05/2016, Jonah, 16 lessons 01/25/2016, Romans, 16 lessons 03/24/2016, God's Great Salvation, 16 lessons 04/27/2016, Men of Bible, Part I 06/15/2016, Discipleship Program The Sermon on the Mount 06/15/2016, All That He Did 06/22/2016, A Soldier's Call Know Jesus Christ 07/13/2016, Street Church, The Cross and Suffering 07/26/2016, Shingle Quality Specialist 08/02/2016, Master Shingle Applicator Wizard 12/16/2016, Basic Bible Doctrine, 95 lessons 01/10/2017, The Source of Life, 12 lessons 01/16/2017, Men of the Bible, Part II 02/01/2017, The Holiness of God, Perfect Attendance 03/01/2017, The Assurance of Salvation, Perfect Attendance 03/2017, Unleash the Masterpiece, Foundations for Life, 16 weeks 03/27/2017, The Lordship of Christ, 10 lessons 05/03/2017, Soldiers of Christ Ministries, Discipleship Program 06/05/2017, Women of the Bible 07/21/2017, A Study of Exodus 05/2017, World Bible College, This is Good News 06/2017, World Bible College, God Has Spoken 07/2017, World Bible College, Knowing Jesus 08/2017, World Bible College, Born of the Water 03/2018, Taking the Lead, Foundations for Life, 16 weeks  03/2018, Men's Fraternity, Certificate of Commencement, 36 weeks   Employment 10/2006 - 07/2007, Menard Correctional Center, Barbershop, transferred 05/2010 - 07/2011, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Maintenance, Electrician's Helper 08/2011 - 08/2012, Henry Hill Correctional Center, Kitchen/Cook 05/2014 - 09/2014, Danville Correctional Center, Barbershop, went back to college 06/2015 - 02/2016, Danville Correctional Center, Laundry Porter, 2nd Shift, transferred 05/2016 - 12/2016, Dixon Correctional Center, Production, 3rd shift/Kitchen 01/2017 - 08/2017, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Infirmary, Sanitation Specialist 08/2017 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Electrician's Helper, awaiting opening 06/2018 - Present, Dixon Correctional Center, Hospital, Ambulatory Aide    College 10/2004 - 08/30/2015, Blackstone Career Institute, Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Diploma 10/2007 - 05/29/2009, Danville Area Community College, Business Management, 37 credit hours 05/2009 - 05/12/201, Lakeland College, Associates in Liberal Studies, Cum Laude 03/18/2014, Stratford Career Institute, Electrician, Diploma, Highest Honors 06/01/2014 - 05/20/2016, Danville Area Community College, Associates in Science and Arts, Cum Laude 01/2016 - 03/2016, University of Illinois - Urbana, Education Justice Program, Bachelor's Degree Program, transferred to facility closer to home, 1 of 35 students      

Ernest Gwinn
1,182 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Fix Our Federal Prison System: Pass the First Step Act

In May, the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed the FIRST STEP Act, a bill that would start the long process of transforming federal prisons into places of rehabilitation. The provisions in the bill would expand life-changing classes for thousands of men and women in federal prison and prepare them to come home job-ready with the skills and support they need to succeed. Now we need to get it through the House floor because President Trump has agreed to sign this bill if Congress gets it to his desk. Our federal prison populations are growing at an astonishing rate, taking up a larger and larger share of resources that would be better spent on treatment, education, housing, and other social services. Our prisons have become warehouses often leaving people more traumatized and with fewer opportunities than when they entered.  The FIRST STEP Act will begin to ensure that people have the support they need to come home from prison job ready.  It will: Ban the shackling of women during childbirth and provide sanitary napkins and tampons at no charge; Give thousands of men and women an opportunity to earn their way home sooner (by fixing “Good Time Credits” retroactively); Get people who have participated in life-changing programs out of federal prison earlier and into halfway homes or home confinement; Require the Bureau of Prisons to place incarcerated people within 500 driving miles of their families; Allow formerly incarcerated people to serve as volunteers and mentors; Expand compassionate release, giving the elderly and terminally ill prisoners a pathway home. The FIRST STEP Act has received support from some leading Democrats and Republicans. Reps. Keith Ellison and Tulsi Gabbard just joined as a co-sponsors, alongside Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Bob Goodlatte, two of the most powerful Republicans in the U.S. House. There are also new oversight and accountability over Jeff Sessions and the federal Bureau of Prisons, all backed with an authorization of $250 million over five years. #cut50 has joined more than 70 groups in support of this bill. People who work with men and women inside our prisons and jails across the country understand how transformative these changes would be for the men and women who are living in prison cells right now. Let’s put partisan bickering aside and take a step in the right direction with the FIRST STEP Act. I hope you’ll join me and many others in reaching out to your Members of Congress, TODAY. It’s urgent that we let them know we are in strong support of these changes. Appreciate you always,Jessica Jackson Sloan#cut50

cut50
6,546 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Help Me Bring Home My Parents From an Iranian Prison

My father, Karan Vafadari, and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, have been imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison on sham charges since July 2016. Karan is an Iranian-American businessman who returned to Iran to be with his elderly mother who lived alone, and Afarin is a US resident promoting Iranian culture as the owner of Aun Contemporary Art Gallery in Tehran. They were at the Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrested them. Despite the fact that their due process under Iranian laws and human rights were repeatedly violated after their arrest, including a 1 month imprisonment in solitary confinement and 5 months in a small room with 2 other people, they respected the legal channels in Iran, certain that their innocence would soon lead to their release. But after Judge Salavati refused to allow them to choose their own lawyers, Iran’s judiciary sentenced Karan to 15 years in prison and Afarin to 10 in a secret trial in Tehran.My parents were not allowed to read the file and the evidence against them. Now my parents have nowhere to turn. What you can do to help: There are many ways you can help besides signing this petition.   1) Share this petition on social media encouraging people to sign it. Let Karan and Afarin know that the world has not forgotten them. Here’s a sample message: Iran has imprisoned American citizen Karan Vafadari and US permanent resident Afarin Neyssari without due process on sham charges. Sign and share this petition to raise your voice against this injustice. #FreeKaran #FreeAfarin   2) Write to/call Iran’s UN mission in New York (H.E Gholamali Khoshroo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic to the United Nations) and tell them that Iran should release Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari, who have been issued ludicrous sentences on sham charges without due process. This can be done over and over again in various ways with different statements to show that Americans have not forgotten about their fellow citizens in need. Please be respectful. ADDRESS622 Third Ave., 34th floorNew York, NY 10017, USAPHONE: +1 (212) 687.2020FAX: +1 (212) 867.7086   3) Tweet messages like: “@HassanRouhani @JZarif should take a position on #FreeKaran and #FreeAfarin, good people who have been issued ludicrous prison sentences without due process.” to Iranian officials. The more times we do this, the better. About Karan and Afarin:When Karan returned to Iran to be with his dying mother, he met Afarin. Afarin owned and operated Aun Gallery to promote Iranian culture from inside Tehran. My dad’s favorite way to spend time with his family has always been a road trip: we might drive from our home in Georgia to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee, or from Tehran to see an ancient Persian site like Persepolis. Timeline:20 July 2016: Afarin is arrested at the airport in Tehran. She calls Karan, who is also arrested when he arrives at the airport September 2016: After about a month in solitary confinement, being accused of spying, and being told to spy on one another (they refused), Karan and Afarin are moved to around within 2-A of Evin January 2017: Karan and Afarin see a lawyer for the first time after 5 months of imprisonment. There has been no evidence to suggest they might be a threat to national security (because they are not). The charges of spying are downgraded because it was always blatantly false. December 2017: Judge Salavati finally names a price for bail, which is astronomically high January 2018: Karan and Afarin find a way to put bail for Afarin. Salavati tells the lawyer: “If I wanted her released, I wouldn’t have set bail so high.” January 2018: Salavati delivers a verdict: 15 years for Karan, and 10 years for Afarin. There is still no evidence of wrongdoing. Charges: The legal system has been very opaque. Even the state-approved defense lawyer has not yet been granted access to the docket to know how to even defend Karan. This is the best I can piece together the charges:Afarin is found guilty of using Aun Gallery to subvert the Islamic Republic. They have [falsely] claimed that she took foreign investment and thus was manipulated to use it against Iran’s best interest.Afarin is found guilty of spreading un-Islamic art. All of her events and art at the Gallery were approved and certified by the government. This is also a sham charge.Karan is found guilty of owning a “house of vice and prostitution.” A former ambassador from Italy to Iran was so outraged by this charge, that he wrote an open letter in Karan’s support. https://karanafarin.com/2018/02/01/letter-from-roberto-toscano-former-italian-ambassador/ As a Zoroastrian, Karan’s behavior in the privacy of his own home is ostensibly protected by Iran’s constitution. About Me:My parents raised me, my younger sister, and older brother in Columbus, GA. Last year, I asked the love of my life to marry me! Lily (who was born and raised in Alabama) and I met while we studying engineering at MIT, and we have been delaying our wedding so that Karan and Afarin might have a chance to be with us. Useful links:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/30/world/middleeast/iran-american-prison.html https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-us-dual-national-karan-vafadari-zoroastrian-wife-evin-prison-group-says/ https://www.iranhumanrights.org/?s=karan+vafadari https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2017/11/here-are-the-dual-nationals-imprisoned-in-iran/   Farsi Translation:   فراخوان براى آزادى كارن و آفرین پدرم، کارن وفاداری و همسرش، آفرین نیساری، از تيرماه ١٣٩٥ در ایران براساس اتهاماتى ساختگي در زندان حبس شده اند. کارن یک ایرانی-آمریکایی است که به ایران بازگشت تا از مادرپيرش که تنها زندگی می کرد نگهدارى كند. آفرین يك ایرانی با كارت اقامت آمریکایی است. او صاحب يك گالری هنرى در تهران است كه هدفش تشویق فرهنگ وهنرايراني است. سپاه پاسداران آن ها را زمانى كه قصد سفراز ایران را داشتند در فرودگاه تهران دستگیر مي كند.  علیرغم پرونده سازی ونقض قوانين حقوقی آن ها و حقوق بشر از جمله حبس در سلول انفرادی، آنها به نظام حقوقی ایران احترام می گذارند، زیرا مطمئن بودند كه بی گناهیشان خيلى زود منجر به آزادی آنها خواهد شد. اما متاسفانه قوه قضاییه ایران پس از اجازه ندادن به آن ها برای انتخاب وکلای خود، پشت درهاى بسته، در دادگاهى محرمانه کارن را به ١٥ سال و آفرين را به ١٠سال زندان محکوم کرد. حال والدین من دستشان ازهمه جا كوتاه كسى يا جايى نيست كه به آن روى بياورند. شما چه كمكى می توانید بكنيد: علاوه بر امضای این نامه راه های بسیاری وجود دارد که شما می توانید کمک کنید. ١) اين فراخوان را پخش كرده وازهمه بخواهيد كه آن را امضا کنند. بكذاريد کارن و آفرین بدانند که مردم دنيا آنها را فراموش نکرده اند. اين نمونه اى از یک پیام است: قوه قضائي ایران کارن وفاداری، شهروند ایرانی آمریکایی و آفرین نیساری، ساکن ایران و دارنده کارت اقامت دائم در ایالات متحده را بدون وكيل و بدون هيچ مدركي زندانی و محکوم به حبس کرده است. خواهش ميكنم این نامهء تقاضا براي آزادي آن ها را امضا کنید و به اشتراک بگذارید تا صدای شما در برابر این بی عدالتی شنيده شود. ٢) از طريق نامه يا تلفن از غلامعلی خشرو، سفیر و نماینده دائمی جمهوری اسلامی ایران در سازمان ملل بخواهيد تا خواستارآزادى کارن وفاداری و آفرین نیساری بشود، و نشان دهيد كه هموطن خود را فراموش نکرده ايد. آن ها بيگناهند و بدون وكيل انتخابی خود و بر خلاف قانون پشت درهاى بسته محكوم شده اند.   ٣) پیام های ارسالی مانند: " “@HassanRouhani @JZarif مقامات ایرانی بايد درمقابل #FreeKaran و #FreeAfarin، افراد بي گناهي که بدون محاکمه بی رحمانه برايشان مجازات صادر شده است، موضع بگیرند. هر چه اين كار را بيشتر انجام دهیم، بهتر است. درباره کارن و آفرین: هنگامی که کارن به ایران می رود تا مادر پيرش تنها نباشد، با آفرین آشنا ميشود. آفرين موسس «گالری آن» ميباشد. هدف او ترویج و شناساندن فرهنگ ایرانیان است. راه های مورد علاقه پدرم برای صرف وقت با خانواده اش سفربا ماشين بود: چه از خانه مان در جورجيای آمریکا تا کوه های اسموکی در تنسی، چه از تهران تا تخت جمشيد. ٣٠ تير ١٣٩٥: آفرین در فرودگاه تهران دستگیر می شود. او به کارن تلفن مي كند. وقتی کارن نزدش می رود او را نیز دستگیر می كنند. شهريور١٣٩٥: بعد از بيشتراز یک ماه در سلول انفرادى و اتهام به جاسوسی و سعى برقبولاندن آن ها به جاسوسی علیه یکدیگر (كه آن ها زير آن فشار ايستادگى كردند)، به بخش 2A اوین منتقل مى شوند. بهمن ١٣٩٥ : کارن و آفرین برای اولین بار پس از پنج ماه حبس، یک وکیلی را می بینند. هيج مدركى وجود ندارد که نشان دهد آن ها ممکن است تهدیدی برای امنیت ملی باشند (چون اتهام بدون مدرك است). اتهامات جاسوسی و.... کاهش می یابد، زیرا ساختگى و دروغ است. آذر ١٣٩٦: قاضی صلواتی بالاخره حاضربه اعلان وثیقه ميشود، اما مبلغ آن آنقدر زياد است كه غيرقابل باورمي باشد. دى ١٣٩٦ : کارن و آفرین بالاخره راهی برای سپردن وثیقه برای آفرین كه شرايط بسيار وخيمى دارد، پیدا می کنند. قاضی صلواتی به وکیل می گوید: "اگر من می خواستم بگذارم آزاد شوند، چنين وثیقه بالايى نمى گذاشتم." دى ١٣٩٦ : قاضی صلواتی حکم صادر می کند: ١٥ سال برای کارن و ١٠ سال برای آفرین. براساس هیچ شاهد يا مدركى. اتهامات: سیستم حقوقی در ایران بسیار مخدوش وغیر شفاف است. حتی به وکیل تسخیری نيز اجازه دسترسی به پرونده داده نشده تا بتواند از کارن دفاع کند ودر دادگاه نمايشى حق صحبت كردن نداشت. این بهترین است که ميتوانم اتهامات را خلاصه کنم اتهامات را می توانم به شرح ذیل خلاصه کنم. : آفرین از گالری هنری خود برای فروپاشی جمهوری اسلامی استفاده كرده است. آن ها ادعا مى كنند [به دروغ] که اواز خارجی ها پول گرفته خود را و به این ترتیب ازاوو از آن عليه منافع ایران استفاده شده کرده است. آفرین گناه كزده است به اتهام گسترش هنر غیر اسلامی محکوم شده است. همه اين اتهامات ساختكى است. تمامی برنامه ها و فعالیت های آفرین در گالری آن مجوزقانونى داشته و توسط دولت تایید شده بود. کارن به این اتهام که خانه اش محل "خانه فساد و فحشا" بود، گناهکار شناخته شده است. سفیر پیشین ایتالیا در ایران از این اتهام خشمگین شده و نامه ای سرگشاده در حمایت از کارن نوشت https://karanafarin.com/2018/02/01/letter-from-roberto-toscano-former-italian-ambassador/ درباره من: والدینم من، خواهر کوچکترم و برادر بزرگترم را در کلمبوس، در ایالت جورجیا بزرگ كردند. سال گذشته، ازعشقم خواستم تا با من ازدواج کند؛ لیلی (که در آلاباما متولد و بزرگ شده). ما زمانی كه در دانشگاه MIT دررشته مهندسی تحصیل می کردیم، ملاقات کردیم. اما، ما عروسیمان را به تعویق انداختیم تا کارن و آفرین بتوانند با ما باشند.        

Cyrus Vafadari
15,548 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District), California Governor, Tony Rackauckas, Loretta Sanchez, Loretta Lynch, Kamala Harris, Barack Obama, DIane Feinstein, Alex Padilla

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition: Obviously the Orange County District Attorneys office, with their current district attorney Tony Rackauckas will continue withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense. The only alternative is to both Mr. Rackauckas out of office. So our goal now is to fight this battle both by rallies and at the voting box. If you cannot vote, we still need your donations and also your time if you can volunteer. OUR MAIN MESSAGE IS THAT THE DNA IS NOT KENNETH CLAIR'S. WE DO NOT CARE IF THE DA'S OFFICE CONTINUES TO WITHHOLD THE RESULTS ANY MORE........  NOW OUR MISSION IS TO EXONERATE KENNETH CLAIR. "IF THE DNA SAYS NO .........YOU HAVE TO EXONERATE AND LET KENNETH CLAIR GO......."  

C. J. Ford
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