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Wrongful Convictions

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Petition to Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donal J. Trump, Mike Pence

Father and Disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Kuwait

My name is Karina Mateo and my fiancé is Jermaine Rogers. We have a beautiful six-year-old daughter, Kiahuren. Kiahuren adores her daddy. In her eyes, he’s more than a father; he is a hero. Her daddy bravely served his country and after his enlistment became an expat in Kuwait to aid our U.S. Troops. Each night my daughter tearfully asks why her daddy has not called and when is he coming home. How do I explain to our daughter that the love of our lives has been sentenced to death by hanging? How do I break my daughter’s heart? How do I tell her that her hero saved others, but nobody’s willing to save him? My heart breaks to think of him in such a horrible predicament and it breaks even more to think that one day I may have to tell our child a story that will break her heart, too. You’ll never hear Daddy’s voice again and Daddy isn’t coming home. Please read and share the story below. We need your help to bring Jermaine home! We cannot survive this nightmare without your help!  We cannot sit by quietly while Jermaine, a devoted father and a loving man is murdered.       On October 6, 2015 Jermaine Rogers was arrested in his apartment in Mahabula Kuwait, the warrant the CID had was issued for an individual named Mohamed not Jermaine, also the address on the warrant was issued for Block 1 street 1, Mahboula (Jermaine's Address was Block 1 street 2, Plaza bldg. 18 Mahboula) different from Jermaine’s address. The CID officers gathered evidence from Jermaine’s apartment and sent them to the Kuwait drug testing laboratory the first test resulted in seventeen (17) different items all tested and all seventeen (17) items came back without drugs found or detected. When Jermaine’s lawyer presented the court the test result from the laboratory than two days later a second lab report was requested by CID and instead of seventeen items it contain eighteen (18) items adding seven (7) grams of cocaine. This was a direct indication that the investigation is flawed also the CID tried to hide the first lab results as indicated by the lawyer.     On September 18, 2016 Jermaine attended his sentencing court hearing; his lawyer provided evidence as well as testimony from the arresting officer proving he was not caught selling drugs, importing drugs or even having drugs in his possession proving without any doubt his innocence.  Seven days later he was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for importing and manufacturing 7 grams of cocaine. The Death Penalty is carry out in Kuwait by public hanging.     After sentencing, his lawyer sent me multiple audio messages (in Arabic) which were translated to English. Per the Lawyer: “I felt so confident Jermaine would be found innocent and released the day of the hearing I sent my Paralegal in my place. I was shocked by the verdict. The substances did not convict Jermaine as the substances were not illegal substances. A bag of cocaine was planted in the police files while at the CID office after initial test showed no drugs or illegal substances found so a second lab report was sent 2 days later with now a bag containing the 7 grams of cocaine. completely new charge was given instead of possession it became manufacturing cocaine...Jermaine’s conviction is unjust as well as a travesty to the laws of Kuwait”. (Audio messages available upon request)         Jermaine Rogers is a United States Citizen and Military Disabled Veteran who has worked as a contractor in Kuwait-Camp Arifjan. For over 11 years he has worked diligently to support our United States Military. The United States Embassy in Kuwait has no legal jurisdiction over Kuwaiti legal system therefor they can’t assist.      Jermaine's; family, his children, myself and friends, we implore you to support our efforts to FREE Jermaine Rogers.      Jermaine has spent over 13 months in Kuwait prison and despite all evidence and the laws of Kuwait showing his innocence, he has been sentenced to death by hanging, Jermaine has suffered both mental and physical abuse at the hands of Kuwaiti authorities. He has not been allowed phone calls or visitation; and his family especially in regards to Kiki I am unable to explain to her, why the phone call she anticipated each Saturday morning no longer arrives. Jermaine needs medication for multiple, combat related medical condition which he is not being provided. This has resulted in his health conditions deteriorating and requiring multiple emergency medical treatments at a Kuwait hospital.      Kuwaiti prisons refuse to provide adequate food or clothing for Jermaine. Everything he needs fall on the support from family just so he's able to have proper drinking water or soap, to bath with and the living conditions are unsanitary. Jermaine Rogers is a U.S. Army Veteran unjustly being held as a prisoner in Kuwait's central Prison in the Death Row Ward. The same prison that recently had one death and 55 injuries due to a fire cause by negligence’s.      I beg you to support us in this fight with a sense of urgency. Jermaine Rogers is not a criminal. He is a victim of the Kuwaiti justice system, policies and procedures that twist and change the laws as they see fit.  If we do not fight to save his life, then he will become a victim of the United States policies as well.     Even though this is a legal matter we ask that you help us focus on Jermaine’s human rights and the rights of all people unjustly prosecuted and left to die. A United States Citizen, Military Veteran, and above all a “father’s life” depend on YOUR immediate action!   The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Kuwaiti Constitution (articles 5, 10, 11); Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984; and the Geneva Conventions of 1949—empty promises or promises to be kept? All tyranny needs, is for people of good conscience to remain silent. (Thomas Jefferson)   

Karina Mateo
4,515 supporters
This petition won 6 days ago

Petition to Embassy of the United States - Cairo, Egypt, U.S. Ambassador R. Stepen Beecroft, Deputy Chief of Mission Thomas H. Goldberger

Free American Imprisoned for Helping Homeless Children

Aya is an American citizen who is being held without trial by the Egyptian government. Her only crime: helping children on the streets to get a roof over their head, a meal, and a good education. Aya Hijazi wanted badly to help the homeless and neglected children of Egypt. After completing her degree at George Mason University in 2009, Aya went to Egypt where she has dual citizenship. She and her husband founded an organization to provide a safe space and education for the street children in Cairo. These children would otherwise have no place to turn and were often exploited. The children and the organization thrived. Things quickly turned bad when the military-controlled government started making sweeping arrests of academics, political opponents, and civil servants -- people like Aya and her husband. They soon found themselves arrested and being interrogated, accused of physically and sexually abusing the children. These were the worst possible accusations for someone like Aya, who had dedicated so much to helping the children of Egypt. And they were completely false. The US State Department needs to do everything in its power to arrange for Aya and her husband to be released and allowed to return to the United States. It came to light that the children were beaten and forced to make false accusations on camera. A report showed no abuse to have transpired at the organization, and the families of the children have come forth defending Aya and her husband. Despite the evidence of their innocence, they are being held with no end in sight. Please help free an American citizen abroad. Aya and her husband’s only crime was treating children that society was ignoring and exploiting with respect and dignity. They gave these children hope, something the Egyptian government fears and will try to stop by throwing people like Aya in prison. Tell the State Department not to allow Egypt to trample on the rights of an American citizen. Free Aya and her husband now, and drop all charges against the members of the Belady Foundation.

Chelsea Cowan
49,985 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards

FREE Corey Miller Justice has been served!!!

FREE Corey Miller Justice has been served!!! The justice system should be to protect the innocent and to imprison the guilty. The justice system has done Corey Miller wrong. Corey Miller was wrongly convicted due to his rap personality. The Louisiana supreme court have denied Corey Miller's appeals and a retrial. The Louisiana supreme court did the same thing to: Glenn Ford, he was wrongfully convicted in a Louisiana murder case. Glenn Ford left the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La., in 2014. His conviction in a murder case was vacated after he spent more than 29 years on death row. He died less than two months after he was released. From untreated lung cancer while in prison in Angola!!! Corey Miller should not have to endure the same torture Glenn Ford went through. There are visible flaws in the Louisiana justice system. The death penalty need to be abolished. Errors, negligence and deliberate misconduct by prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers are the most pervasive cause of wrongful convictions in Louisiana. Court appointed lawyers caused, at least in part, 77% of the convictions in Louisiana . Please free a man that has been wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit. How can you convict a person of murder if there wasno evidence to convict Corey Miller. There was -NO GUN -NO D.N.A -NO EVIDENCE TO CONVICT But, this man is sitting in prison serving a life sentence while the real man who did this crime is out there running the streets free to commit other crimes. Please take a moment of your time and sign this petition and help Corey Miller be free. Corey need to come home to his family. So that he can enjoy his life with his family and be a father to his 3 daughters. Please overturn Corey Miller conviction he should not be locked up for a crime that he did not commit!!! What would you do if it was your family member was wrongfully convicted of a crime? Corey Miller need to be exonerated and released from prison and compensated for the wrongful conviction. He should not have to rot in prison like so many other men in Angola and like Glenn Ford. Corey Miller deserve to be heard and he should be released from prison!!!

Kimberly Fuqua
2,288 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, President of the United States

Please restore justice and pardon my dad!

  Dear Friends, Ten years ago, my dad, former Democratic Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman, was taken away in handcuffs and shackles.  Most who learned of his case saw it as a travesty of justice, including several prominent Republicans (see 60 Minutes).  Though released pending appeal for four years and despite unprecedented support, my father was returned to prison on September 11th 2012 to complete a nearly 7 year term because the Supreme Court refused to hear his case. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox Business News, MSNBC, CBS, Harper's, Time Magazine, The American Trial Lawyers, Huffington Post, The Guardian, 113 former state Attorneys General, top Constitutional Law Professors, and many others say this case is erroneous and Don Siegelman never commited a crime. He was convicted of an implied quid pro quo, that is an inferred bribe, or a bribe without explicit proof of agreement or self-enrichment scheme.  He was never accused of benefiting, at all.  I need your help to right this injustice.  Please sign this petition to President Trump asking him to restore justice and pardon Don Siegelman!  Why Sign? Gov. Don Siegelman was the 51st Governor of Alabama, serving from 1999 to 2003. He served in Alabama in public office for 26 years and is the only person in the history of the state to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected positions: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.  He was essentially the longest running Democrat in the Southeast. My dad was wrongfully convicted in 2007 in a case that Pace Law Professor Bennett Gershman called "one of the most egregiously bad faith prosecutions by the Justice Department ever.” Numerous public servants such as Al Gore, John Kerry, and Wesley Clark believe my father was wrongly prosecuted and wrongly convicted.  The American Trial Lawyer Magazine has called Dad America's "Political Prisoner #1." The New York Times said my dad was charged with something that has never even been considered a crime in America, and CBS’ 60 Minutes reported that the prosecution team coached key witness Nick Bailey more than 70 times and offered him a deal to testify against my father.  Conservative columnist George Will expressed in The Washington Post, “Everyone who cares about the rule of law should hope the Supreme Court agrees to hear Don Siegelman’s appeal….today’s confusion and the resulting prosecutorial discretion kill the exercise of Constitutional right, of political participation and can imprison people unjustly.” More than 100 state Attorney Generals, both Republican and Democrat, many law professors, and thousands of people like you, have tried to help, garnering the attention of the media, organizing letter campaigns, and writing excellent articles, but ultimately the case was left to the courts.  Even Fox Business News sympathized with Dad! 113 current and former state Attorney Generals from across the U.S. signed a brief to the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court saying, “There is reason to believe that the case brought against Governor Siegelman may have had sufficient irregularities as to call into question the basic fairness that is the linchpin of our system of justice.” Fred Gray, attorney to Rosa Parks, and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, both close companions to the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., came to court to hold my mom's hand the day of sentencing in 2007. They wrote letters to the Department of Justice, to Congress, and to the President to convey that Don Siegelman is the “target of the Bush Justice Department, which has now endangered the style of government we fought so hard for.” However, this is not about Democrats versus Republicans, far from it.  It is simply about what's right and wrong, what is fair and what is not.  As Thomas Jefferson said, "A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction."  Former U.S. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson said, "If the prosecutor is obliged to choose his cases, it follows that he can choose his defendants. Therein is the most dangerous power..." This petition is much more than just one man's freedom.  It is about American freedom. If this can happen to my dad, as governor, it can happen to anyone.  The law is so unclear, all it takes is a prosecutor with a vendetta against you.  As Dad explained when the surprise verdict came in 2007; “This is dangerous to our democracy and it is wrong. If this ruling stands, rogue prosecutors or a rogue Justice Department can prosecute contributors and elected officials they simply do not like.” Please join me in asking President Trump to pardon my dad. Al Gore appealed, "Don Siegelman isn't just fighting for his freedom - he's fighting for the integrity of our democracy... As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our democracy from those who would take advantage of it and abuse their power.” Our hope for truth lies in holding our elected officials accountable. Our hope for justice is a great public outcry. Please join me in asking the President of the United States for a pardon in my dad’s case by signing the petition on Change.org and sharing this message publicly however you can. By doing so we may one day clarify the law and keep our democracy and freedom intact. Thank you so much for considering the facts and helping me free my dad! With the greatest appreciation, Dana Siegelman

Dana Siegelman
67,729 supporters