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Wrongful Convictions

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Started 4 days ago

Petition to Tammy Duckworth, Kwame Raoul, innocenceproject , equaljusticeinitiative , huffpostblackvoices

Wrongfully Convicted/Racial Bias Jury

Hello I am writing on behalf of J.Thompson and in an attempt to shine light onto the unjust and unequal stipulations of judicial intervention within the black community and crisis as well as the judicial systems failure to uphold the United States Constitution and evoke proper voir dire during the jury selection process. The alarming and increasing rate of unfair, unjust and wrongful convictions, unfair trials, and the violation of the Constitutional Rights allotted to ALL American citizens within this country has been appropriated and immediate attention should be given to these matters. Javan Thompson, is a 29 age old African American male and one of many who have been victimized and wrongly accused and whose rights to judicial intervention have been violated and stolen from him. In 2015, J.Thompson was arrested and inappropriately charged with First degree murder. Actions taken by Mr. Thompson were an act of Self-defense, and in 2017 during his first trial, 11 out of 12 jurors agreed that Mr. Thompson was not guilty and that his actions were in fact due to Self-defense. At the conclusion of said first trial, the judge inappropriately and without reasonable cause declared this trial had been a mistrial and that a new one would have to be held. J. Thompson remained incarcerated until the commencement of his second trial which began in 2018 and lasted just one short week of the first trial. During Mr. Thompson’s second trial, instances of juror misconduct were present and no intervention was taken. In fact, after the jurors conveyed, they deemed Mr. Thompson guilty of the offense despite the evidence of Self-defense, evident juror misconduct and despite the 11-1 not guilty verdicts in his favor from the first trial.  In 2015, the same year of his arrest, the National Registry of Exonerations, a project of the University of Michigan Law School, found that “149 people were cleared in 2015 for crimes they didn’t commit — more than any other year in history”. “The high number of exonerations shows widespread problems with the system and likely ‘points to a much larger number of false convictions’ that haven’t been reversed”, according to the National Registry of Exoneration and the Huffington Post. J.Thompson’s wrongful conviction has gained a substantial following from friends, family and members of the community who are fed up with the racial profiling and unjust judicial intervention which seems to continuously plague only the lives and neighborhoods of minorities here in Chicago and in almost all low-income communities across the country. The judicial system’s failure to instate a jury of one’s peers and deny him of his rights to due process has proven to be the cause of the wrongful conviction in his matter and the matters of many like him. Thompson's all white jury is an apparent violation of the sixth and fourteenth constitutional amendments and intervention must be had. As his family I’m pressing the issue on all media outlets hoping to get more support and gain outside attention. Its been a long 3 years for us, not only is it painful having to sit back not knowing what to do and where to turn. Feeling handicap, not being able to help him out of this unjust imprisonment. But the expenses are weighting hard on us just as much. I am seeking help for our peace of mind. Fundraising for him http://fnd.us/21OB8d?ref=sh_77TIp2

Ms Jay
27 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Glenn Funk, Bill Haslam

Free Joe D. Martin, Jr., Wrongfully Convicted of Murder in 1996

Joe D. Martin, Jr., did not receive a fair trial in 1996. As a result, he was wrongfully convicted and has been wrongfully imprisoned for 22+ years. He was found guilty of first degree murder and two attempted murders for which he is innocent. His conviction rested on the use of perjured testimony, prosecutorial misconduct and closed-door deals made with State’s witnesses, as well as, intimidation of defense witnesses prior to trial. Joe had no connection to anyone involved in this case- he is innocent!  The states theory was that the shooting at the market was the result of an ongoing “drug war” between his co-defendants and some unknown drug suppliers from California. The prosecutor told the jury that Joe was “a henchman for the Mafia Smith Family”, this was supposed to be his connection to the Smiths and reason for committing these crimes. However, Shaun Smith testified at trial that he had never met Joe. Dallas Smith and Vera (Virie) Ashby both testified at Joe’s post-conviction hearing that they did not know Joe and that he had never been to their home. Kevin Robinson and Tim Miller, victims, testified that they had never met Joe, nor had they seen him around the neighborhood. Joe had no connection or motive to commit these crimes. Joe is innocent! Joe has spent 22 years in prison because criminal trials are not about finding the truth, they are about conviction, and the appeals process is designed to preserve conviction. Twenty-two years with his family have been stolen from him- it's beyond time to bring Joe home!  Please sign our petition to urge the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office to reopen Joe's case and give him a fair trial. We also urge the Governor to exonerate Joe. Thank you for signing and supporting Joe!  Website: The Joe D. Martin StoryFacebook: The Joe D. Martin StoryInstagram: @whoisjoedmartinTwitter: @whoisjoedmartin

Friends of Joe D. Martin
453 supporters