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Wrongful Convictions

150 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to JB Pritzker, Donald J. Trump, JB Pritzker

Free Wesam Zumut: An innocent young man who has served 17 years in prison. Self defense

This petition has been created on behalf of my brother Wesam Zumot that involves him in a story that took turn for the worst. Many times we hear the phrase “At the wrong place, at the wrong time”. This has basically been the story of my brother Wesam’s life. During the times when my brother was not incarcerated, he was working hard to support his family. He comes from a cultural background where respect and loving people were his biggest strengths.  That all changed, when one day my brother got physically attacked by a group of 5 people in a vehicle. This was for no reason, but to attack him and take his life away. The instinct that my brother had at that moment, was to protect himself through self-defense. This happened during the time my brother was working at night, and was driving home alone in the late evening. He was followed, and then stopped due to this unforeseen moment. He was being shot at. The person that was shooting at my brother, got shot due to my brother being scared and killed him. The gun had flew out of his hand, and he drove away from being petrified of the situation. The gun was never to be found, and no evidence. Due to no evidence to be found, he was charged with first degree murder, and not looked at as a young man defending himself. He has been sentenced for 25 years for gun possession, and another 20 years for murder. He has been incarcerated since the year 2002, and has not been given the opportunity to have parole.  Our judicial system has failed him due to neglecting his situation of self-defense, and basing his sentencing with no substantial evidence, but was based on him causing this on his own, and intended to take someone’s life. He has spent most of his life in prison, based on half a story that was not presented factually. This has caused a heart broken family, and has distressed my parents throughout the years.  I was getting threats that my life would be over, not even realizing what was happening to me. We had to get up and move to a place where we can live and be free from this happening to us. Till this day we will always fight for my brother’s innocence, and to support him throughout this terrible journey. The case that has been made is flawed, and unethical. Lawyers have taken advantage of our situation to ask for thousands of dollars to help us with this case that should have not gotten to this extent. We constantly hear about innocent people being incarcerated for year and years, while they are sitting in a jail cell hating themselves, and feeling left alone, when deep down they knew they were defending themselves.  I stand with my brother, and have supported him through the many changes he has made, and the wonderful approach he has taken, regardless of his situation. His conduct and spirits alone should be looked at as a reason to stand with me, and help me bring justice to my brother Wesam’s life. I pray and ask for the help of those to help our family. Please take the time to spread the word, and sign this petition. This may not be a huge part of your life, but it is a huge part of mine. I will always fight for his justice, and pray that he is given at least a chance to live a life that should have been lived, and that is not incarcerated for something he was defending, and this is his LIFE! This petition is to give him a chance to truly defend himself with the truth, and the truth only. Thank you for your support  

LANA ZUMOT
880 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Douglas A. Silliman, Joey Hood, Rex W. Tillerson, Donald J. Trump, Sylvia Evans

Help free a disabled U.S Veteran wrongfully imprisoned in Kuwait.

My daughter may never see her father again. Jermaine Rogers has served his country both in the military and as a contractor overseas. He now faces a lifetime in a foreign jail over fake drug charges. I need your help to get the Trump administration to bring him home. U.S. civilians serving to protect our country and in support of our military have been targeted by Kuwaiti police in the past. These charges have often turned out to be false, but only after the U.S. government intervened on their behalf. Jermaine needs that intervention today. Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to demand the release of Jermaine Rogers so he can come back to the U.S. Death by hanging. That is almost what happened to Jermaine when he was falsely accused of dealing drugs. The death sentence was dropped, but a lifetime in jail isn’t much better, especially when you are innocent and thousands of miles away in a foreign land. I know Jermaine is innocent. He believes in serving America and that means representing our country with pride and the best behavior. Even if you do not believe my pleas, we should all agree a man who has served his country should not get life in prison for the non-violent crimes they claim he committed. So many people are standing up and speaking on behalf of Jermaine — people like U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut. As his family, we can’t thank them enough. We now need you. Please sign my petition today. Your signature will help bring our family together again and ensure actual justice is served for an American hero.

Karina Mateo
119,279 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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
224 supporters