Wrongful Convictions

137 petitions

Update posted 5 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
648 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Free David Diaz: An innocent man who has served 20 years in prison.

David Diaz is currently in prison serving a 37 year-to-life sentence for a shooting that happened in 1998 in Los Angeles county. The victim of this shooting has stated that David is innocent and not the person who shot him and the key witness has confessed to "randomly" accusing David under police pressure. David was just 19 years old when an LAPD squad forced their way into his home and arrested him for attempted murder. In court, the police and prosecutor alleged that David approached a man named Remberto Preciado, asked him what street gang he belonged to, and shot him in the leg. At the time the shooting happened, David was at the movies with his girlfriend and family. He could not have committed this crime. But the jury was persuaded by the prosecutor's case and ultimately convicted David, resulting in his current life sentence. David is now 39-years-old and has been in prison for 20 years. To date, three key witnesses in the case and the shooting victim, have all declared that David is innocent and that they only selected David because they were pressured by police to do so. Despite evidence of his innocence, David remains in prison with his sentence. He won’t be released until he is 57 years old, in 2035. California Governor Jerry Brown must step in to right this wrong. He has power and authority to release David through the commutation process. David has not sat idle in prison all these years. He has completed numerous programs and correspondence courses including paralegal studies and bible studies. He is currently undergoing college classes to obtain his Associates Degree and is enrolled in a business entrepreneur class. He has held many prison jobs and is a peer mentor helping other prisoners with behavioral intervention, anger management,family relations, and life skills. I have known David since 1996. Last month, David proposed to me and we will be getting married in May. So many people want David free — including the victim Remberto — and we feel David's case is a perfect candidate for clemency. In 2015, we requested a commutation from Governor Brown based on David's innocence and the unusual length of sentence he received on gun enhancements (28 years-to-life), but to date, no action or response has been given. Please sign this petition to correct the injustice that occurred with David. We thank you for your support.  

Lidia Perez
55,860 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Supreme Court of California

Help Bring Robert Home

I am writing this petition on behalf of my brother, Robert Walker, who is falsely being accused of violating the human trafficking law. My goal is to make the residents of California aware of the unintended consequences, hoping it would help the real sex trafficking victims instead of the non-forced prostitutes. Millions of US Government tax dollars are being spent to fight a crime that is extremely rare in the state of California. The US government assumes that all prostitutes on earth are sex trafficked slaves who are abducted and forced into sexual exploitation against their will. This is not true among most cases. It Is our goal to bring you all the important information which disproves the lies told by the government and prohibitionists regarding human trafficking and sexual exploitation.     Compton, CA- On July 11, 2013 Robert Jerome Walker was arrested and booked by the Long Beach Police Department on four counts of human trafficking a minor; one count of lewd act upon a minor; and one count of dissuading a witness. Robert was arrested by a Detective Satwan Johnson and his partner Kenneth Turner, who has had it out for him since 2012. Detective Johnson has created a case against my brother from hearsay and managed to persuade the Long Beach Police Department into filing these outrageous charges. He spent 32 days in a Los Angeles county jail with a bond set at 1 million dollars. My family came up with the money and to do that we had to put up our family house so we could bail him out. On August 11, 2013 my brother managed to come home, but when he came home, he had to wear an ankle monitor and pay for his freedom, for a crime he didn't commit.      On March 26, 2014 (8 months later) He had a preliminary hearing my brother was remanded back into custody and this time the charge of lewd act upon a minor was dropped and his bail was raised and set at 4.2 million dollars. November 13, 2015, Robert was tried and convicted of all charges. As of today, Robert has spent the last 3 years fighting for his freedom. For over 5 years my family has been getting harassed by the Compton Sheriff Department. They've raided my family's tobacco establishment so many times claiming that there were drugs being sold out of our business. They even tried to get my brother for robbing a prostitute. Really?? Our family has gone through enough and it's time that we take a stand for not only my brother but ourselves as well. My brother is a well known rapper and the Compton Sheriff's are very aware of his music career. Robert's music and these victims non credible testimonies were the only evidence that they used against him. They would pull him over for no apparent reason to search him and his car, break things in his car and to do irritating things like rap his songs just to make fun of him.       Proposition 35 is taking the eye away from actual human trafficking victims and focusing on consented prostitution, it relies on profiting off the criminalization of juveniles, and forces prostitutes to lie about being victims so that the state and these "victims" can be fully compensated. Keep in mind these detectives said that Robert was allegedly the biggest pimp in Compton have made it a priority to send Robert's case to Long Beach due to the fact that they have a high conviction rate. Detective Johnson and his partner Turner have been straining so hard to ruin my brother’s reputation and trash his name by making up numerous lies, saying my brother led a multi million dollar prostitution ring and that he took these so called victims across state lines when these girls were never even caught with him, there's no pictures, videos or phone conversation to even link these girls to him which makes it all so confusing. My brother is in jail due to hearsay. While my brother is in jail suffering, these witnesses are still on the streets maintaining and doing the same actions, and putting more and more innocent people behind bars. I’m not saying that there aren’t any actual human trafficking victims out there, I just wonder why instead of spending thousands, maybe even millions of dollars to put innocent people in prison, it should actually be getting used to help the real victims of actual human trafficking.  I have re-created this petition so that I can bring my brother home. We will not give up without a fight. So please share this petition with your family, friends, neighbors co-workers any and everybody that you know. If this has happened to someone in your family, then you understand what our family is going through. For those who really know Robert, know that he didn't what their saying he did.

London Walker
201 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kim Foxx, Bruce Rauner

New trial for an innocent man

Detective Richard Zuley may be most famous for his notorious interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, but he first learned his torture techniques in the interrogation rooms of Chicago. Now, this 30-year veteran of the Chicago PD is under investigation for using illegal methods to coerce confessions that have put several possibly innocent people behind bars. One of his cases has already been overturned, and a man who spent 23 years in prison is now finally free. But while officials slowly make their way through the pages of evidence against this corrupt cop, my friend Lee Harris -- another of Zuley’s many victims -- still wastes away in prison.   My name is Robert. From 2000-2001, I shared a cell with Lee. We became good friends. Like a lot of people in prison, he would go on about how he was innocent and how he had been wrongly accused, but I never knew what to believe. However, when I received letters from the “witness” who put him away, apologizing for lying on the stand, I started digging: Lee’s conviction doesn’t add up. And now that I am on the outside, I am doing everything I can to get him a new trial so he can prove his innocence. I am asking Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial, so he can prove his innocence. He shouldn’t spend one more day behind bars while the true criminal is allowed to walk free. At first, Lee collaborated with Detective Zuley to help him find the real killer in the crime he is doing time for. Facing public pressure to find the killer, they pressed Lee for information using both threats and rewards. In one instance, Zuley offered him a $20,000 reward, and in another, he threatened to stop providing protection for his family, exposing them to retaliation. When they couldn’t find the real killer, they turned on their informant and charged him with the crime. They had no murder weapon or evidence connecting Lee to the crime. Yet, even with all these legal missteps and the lack of evidence, they still threw Lee behind bars for 90 years. He remains in jail to this day for a crime I am sure he didn’t commit. And I am not the only one: Chicago attorney Jennifer Blagg, who has won many exonerations in the US, is now taking a closer look at Harris’ conviction. It’s time to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial and let true justice be served. We cannot continue to keep this man behind bars while the real killer could be walking the streets. Please sign my petition and help me fight for justice for Lee Harris.

Robert Chattler
66,851 supporters