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Wrongful Convictions

204 petitions

Update posted 3 days 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 Kathleen Zellner, who has won more exonerations than any other lawyer 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
63,945 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Governor Mary Fallin, The Honorable Mike Hunt, Speaker Charles McCall

#FreeGlynnSimmons

Glynn Simmons has been languishing in an Oklahoma prison for 42 years, since being convicted of a robbery/murder in 1974. There is no evidence linking Glynn to the crime. The prosecutor in his case has expressed regrets over how he tried the case, and the victim’s own sister has written multiple letters to Glynn’s parole board begging for his release on the grounds that he is an innocent man.  Several witnesses came forward at Glynn’s trial to testify that Glynn was not on the scene, or even in the state, at the time of the shooting. He was in Louisiana, where he’s from, and didn’t fly into Oklahoma until after the crime had been committed. But Glynn was still convicted, based on the testimony of one witness, a woman who was also shot and injured during the store robbery in question. She had already picked a handful of different suspects in as many as nine prior police line-ups, and the state had admitted that she was most likely confused and a “dead-end” witness. Glynn’s public defender failed him miserably, and made no move to disprove her testimony against him (this lawyer was later disbarred for his incompetence). Another eyewitness to the crime refused to point the finger at Glynn, and Glynn’s attorney did not bother to call her to the stand. Glynn was sentenced to death. Oklahoma's death penalty mechanism was later declared unconstitutional, and all death sentences were converted to Life. Had it not been for this decision, Glynn would be dead today. As it is, he has not been allowed to truly live. He was just 22 years old when he was convicted. He’s now over 60, and is still forced to beg parole board members and attorneys to reexamine the evidence. Despite this, he says he believes in the system and has hope that he will receive mercy before it’s too late. Society's awareness concerning wrongful convictions is evolving. Citizens are starting to realize that police and prosecutors, like all humans, make errors.  What is absolutely stunning is that our state government seems to feel it has no duty to correct its errors --- even errors that cost citizens their freedom and their lives. Fighting for Glynn's freedom can be a first step we take toward true justice for all. Please take a moment to watch the video, which gives you a good sense of the staggering amount of evidence supporting his innocence. Then, please sign this petition calling on the Oklahoma County District Court and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to grant Glynn Simmons’ application for post-conviction relief. For information on how you can get involved with this campaign, email Gwendolyn Fields at demandjustice@outlook.com. View video statements from former prosecutors and victim's sister expressing concern that Glynn was wrongfully convicted: KFOR News Video

The Advocacy Council
18,169 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Georgia Court of Appeals, Donzella James, Vincent Fort, Roger Bruce, David Scott, Rita Rocker, Jacqueline Bunn, The Honorable Sara Doyle, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Michelle Obama, Nathan Deal

Give Quincy a Second Chance.... Bring Quincy Home!

On March 1, 2015, Husband and Father, Quincy Smith’s life changed forever. That morning, Quincy was arrested for vehicular homicide. Quincy told the police he had 2 beers at midnight. He thought being honest, especially since he knew 7 almost 8 hours later had no bearing on this unfortunate accident with a motorcyclist, was always the best policy.  Instead, Quincy was sentenced to 15 years to be served in a Georgia State Prison for his involvement - the maximum on a minimum 3 year charge.  As his wife, the details and the outcome of this case has had a lasting impact on Quincy, myself, our 3 children, and the community we are tied to. Here we had this charismatic and determined young man who was solely returning home from taking his wife and children to a friend’s house for church, but instead of rehabilitating him to continue to be productive member of society, he was locked up for what is HALF of his life. Quincy will be almost 50 years-old when he is finally released. The sentence was overkill and Quincy deserves a second chance! Prior to his incarceration, Quincy had no prior convictions of any offenses, held a viable career with Southwest Airlines for 8 years at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, and a Federal Security Clearance issued from our United States’ Government Department of Homeland Security.  He was an active participant in the upbringing of his children in being dynamic citizens in our community. He attended both Gordon College and Georgia Military College, and was the co-founder of Cre8tive Purpose a local non-profit in which he and his wife founded in order to help teens determine their purpose through different means of creativity. Since his incarceration, Quincy has been exposed to the real blight of incarceration and the criminal justice system.  He has hopes and dreams of speaking across the country, advocating for fairness across the judicial system, against aggressive prosecution and indiscriminate sentencing, and for the resources and programs to aid those in our criminal justice system with tools necessary to become successful in our society upon release. Please join me in asking the Georgia Court of Appeals, Georgia Board of Parole & Pardons, and Governor Nathan Deal to give Quincy Alexander Smith a second chance and release him. I feel that society is better served by having him a part of the community. If you feel that this young man deserves a second chance, then please sign our petition. The stereotyping of African American men in the criminal justice system has now affected my family and I am petitioning that the appeal of his conviction is granted and an unbiased investigation on the underlying reason for such a harsh sentence for a man who has no prior convictions, a husband, father, and son, when there are cases of alternative sentences that have been granted in the State of Georgia, he was not afforded any alternative solely because of his race in a predominately white county.  I wish I didn't have to address this petition as a racial issue, but unfortunately that is the only explanation I can come up with especially with the stereotypical statements that were communicated in open court. Not only was he sentenced to the maximum sentence for the charge, he was demonized by the State in remarks stating "he showed no remorse because he didn't cry during trial", "I'm surprised you didn't take the motorcycle and steal it to leave the scene", "if you had had a gun, I would have given you life." Please help us in signing this petition and bringing light to not just the bias in sentencing but a wrong conviction.  It is unfortunate for the sake of numbers to force convictions, withhold pertinent information from a case, embellish, and lie to get another win for the county - which destroys an entire family and community in the process. Quincy is an amazing husband and father, who did nothing but provided for his family.  Please sign this petition to help bring Quincy home so that he will have the opportunity to raise our children, having a lasting impact on their lives and our society in a positive light.  Our children are currently, 9, 6, and 2 months.  With his current sentence, they would be 24, 21, and 15 upon his return.  This could be your father, brother, uncle, son, cousin, or friend.   An accident from a single left hand turn into our subdivision after dropping me and our children off at a friend's house for church, just 10 minutes prior, was maliciously labeled and prosecuted vehicular homicide for the sake of ruining yet another Black Man's life. Let's put a stop to wrongful convictions and indiscriminate sentencing in Douglas County, GA. Let's start with bringing Quincy home!     You can follow us at Justice 4 Quincy    

Morgan Scott
699 supporters