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Wrongful Convictions

106 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to John Kasich, Edward Emmett O'Farrell, Judge, Ohio State Bar Association

Help a family that needs a court case to be Reviewed before they Lose everything.

I need my case to be reviewed again, because my attorney did not file appeal in time and I have documents submitted that would have made a difference on the outcome, but were not given to the court by the court appointed defense attorney given me. In short, my family has already suffered enough trauma and the last decision made from the judge in this case, does not know all the facts. My family and I fled from our home State with 1 suitcase each on a Greyhound bus, traveling 3 days over 1700 miles to reach Ohio for protection and safety.  Soon after our  arrival we met some people who made me an offer at the chance of a lifetime, splitting the profit 50-50 along with a couple of acres of land. This was a new start at rebuilding our life.   But during the 2 years working for them,  I came to realize more and more that some things were not right, as Red flags started popping up.  They wanted, no expected me to do illegal things, I felt trapped as they held my family's lives in their hands, almost like slaves kept at poverty level. They wanted us to become Jehovah Witnesses' like them and we wanted out of our contract after that comment.   When I finally made a decision to seek help to escape from these people and disappear,  they located my family's new home through an Attorney seeking a restraining order.  Even though I had went to a lot of trouble to stay hidden in an Amish community, we were located within 4 months time.   I first went into court with the Pastor of our church and let Magistrate know how my family had came to the State of Ohio after a very traumatic experience.  We had stayed in a family shelter before we left, but we were found there by the person we sought protection from, and I was assaulted while trying to protect my family from this person.  That's  when the police finally said they could no longer provide us 24/7 protection,  so we fled with the court's blessing to Ohio.  (However this time because I was not represented in court by an Attorney myself, the evidence of "hearsay" on these new people's  part allowed them to obtain a "Civil Stocking Protection Order").  This actually gave them a new found power over my family.  Now I am not a doctor, but I do believe these people must suffer from some type of mental illness?  It's like "Paranoid Delusion" to me, because even after months of returning to court sometimes twice a month, it finally donned on me that they would do anything or go any length to cover-up any criminal activity.   This being said, I finally came to the realization that if they totally destroyed my Character Reputation,  anything I tried to report to the Labor board, State Taxation board, Child Protective Services, or justice system, would fall on deaf ears or be ignored as "retaliation."  Only the sheriff deputies have been most helpful and understanding of our situation.   The bottom line is that I was given a court appointed defense attorney,  who did a very poor job in representing me.  He did not turn over police reports, pictures, or subpoena sheriff deputies into court on my behalf. I never once was allowed to speak in my defense and only asked by the magistrate,  and then the judge, if I understood.   It was ordered by court to remove my diary of daily photo log of the work I had preformed for these people, and remove something I didn't even post, clearly violating the "Freedom of Speech" rights act.   In the final court hearing late August with the other party, or even their own attorney never even bothered to showed up!  (But in a letter they still voiced to the judge to find me guilty, spend 10 days in jail and pay all their attorney fees of $1,400).   If I even spend 1 day in jail, I know the SSI would no longer allow me to be the Caretaker for my wife or Special Needs son anymore.  If I have this much at stake to lose, why would I not comply with everything the court has asked me to do? When the final appeal arrived in the mail, an offer by the judge in his ruling was I could still to take my objection to a Higher court, for ruling.  But my attorney said he did not even know how to even file an appeal like that, and that he could no longer be my attorney if I did so.   In lieu of jail, the judge said I could do 30 hours of community service instead, which I have completed and have paperwork already signed off.   Now I have received  a letter from their attorney this weekend demanding I do the 10 days in jail and reminded the judge that the 1 year anniversary of the protection order is coming up and should be granted to them for another year. I couldn't even flee from this State if I wanted to, by returning home on the West Coast, because all they have to do is say something I did to bring me back to court.  If I then didn't travel the 1,700 miles to be back here in court, I'd be in contempt once again and a warrant would be issued for my arrest!  Apparently I am guilty of everything on their Word alone, their proof is perjury.  No investigation was ever done, and I am guilty until  proven innocent as far as this court is concerned.   All I would like to do is have the Governor of Ohio, or the State Bar for Attorneys to order a full review in this case, by allowing evidence that was never turned on by my court appointed attorney,  so that an appeal on my behalf could bring true justice in this case.

David English
8 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Barack Obama

Immediately pardon Jeffrey Sterling, imprisoned C.I.A. whistleblower

My husband Jeffrey Sterling is a former C.I.A. operative and an innocent man who was convicted of seven counts of espionage on January 26, 2015 -- for merely communicating with New York Times journalist James Risen. He’s now serving a 3.5-year prison sentence in a federal correctional facility in Colorado. This is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. My husband was wrongfully sentenced to prison simply because he was in touch with a journalist. During Jeffrey’s trial, the Department of Justice was unable to present any direct evidence proving that he divulged classified information to Risen. They relied on circumstantial evidence -- emails and telephone conversations -- to try to make a case to a jury who would likely favor his conviction. Jeffrey utilized proper channels and informed the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of his concern for the safety of the American people -- as such Jeffrey is a whistleblower. Please join me and the coalition of organizations led by Reporters without Borders, RootsAction and ExposeFacts in my request to the Obama Administration to immediately issue a pardon for my husband. President Obama publicly committed to a transparent government, yet it has been shrouded in mistruth and secrecy. Jeffrey’s conviction is only the latest chapter in the administration’s war on whistleblowers and sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of information. In fact, the Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. An innocent man who dedicated his life to serving the United States has been wrongfully jailed under President Obama’s watch. This is his opportunity to show Jeffrey, our country, and the world what it means to be a true leader by acknowledging and making amends for a grave injustice that has been done. This can only be accomplished by granting Jeffrey Alexander Sterling an immediate pardon. Jeffrey and I will not give up hope that many will soon realize the wrong that has been done and will help to make sure that Jeffrey will be vindicated. I will not cease discussing this tragedy in hopes that it will garner enough support for his release. Please sign my petition and share it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #pardonforjeffrey as a way to help. Thank you. Supportive Organizations: Reporters without Borders RootsAction ExposeFacts Bill of Rights Defense Committee / Defending Dissent Foundation Center for Media and Democracy Freedom of the Press Foundation The Nation Restore the Fourth

Holly Sterling
110,899 supporters