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Petition to District Attorney Lawrence S. Krasner, Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, U. S. Attorney William M. McSwain, Mayor Jim Kenney

Justice for Al 'Alley Cat' Chernoff Animal Rescuer

Dear Elected Officials: Respectfully, in seeking that justice be served for the murder of Albert Chernoff we, the petitioners, urge that his murderer be tried in Adult Criminal Court for the entire duration of the case. On November 4, 2019, Albert Chernoff, 59, was brutally murdered in his home, in the presence of his dearly beloved family of 11 rescued cats and other small animals. U. S. Army Veteran Al Chernoff ('Alley Cat Animal Rescue') was:a very-prominent, highly-respected animal advocate/rescuer; active supporter of fellow U. S. Veterans; accomplished long-time city employee; law abiding citizen. 10/26/2020 Please Scroll Down to UPDATES Section for Most Recent.  09/15/2020 UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing 10/26/2020 08:00 am 306 ScheduledPreliminary Hearing 09/15/2020 10:00 am 306 Continued#JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ UPDATE 07/21/2020:Preliminary Hearing 09/15/2020 10:00 am 306 ScheduledPreliminary Hearing 07/21/2020 09:00 am 306 Continued#JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ UPDATE 06/16/2020:Preliminary Hearing 07/21/2020 9:00 am 306 ScheduledPreliminary Hearing 06/16/2020 9:00 am 306 Continued#JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ UPDATE: Preliminary Hearing 06/16/2020 9:00 am, Rm 306#JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ UPDATE 03/25/2020: To date, court docket sheets showing scheduled hearing as today (03/25/2020), however, it did not take place.  Apparently, due to COVID-19, the defendant's preliminary court hearing has been indefinitely postponed. #JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ Preliminary Hearing: 03/25/2020 9:00 am, Room 306 #JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ Note: At two requests of defense counsel the preliminary hearing has been continued (postponed) two times.   #JusticeForAlAlleyCatChernoffAnimalRescuer ⚖️ Al Chernoff's murderer has been charged with: Murder 18 § 2502Robbery-Inflict Serious Bodily Injury 18 § 3701Poss Instrument Of Crime W/Int 18 § 907Obstruct Admin Law/Other Govt Func 18 § 5101Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence 18 § 4910   We, the undersigned, respect the law and depend upon elected officials to ensure that it be enforced and that justice be served. Sincerely, Petitioners Facebook Community Page: Justice for Al 'Alley Cat' Chernoff Animal Rescuer Facebook [Call To Action] Posting:     

Justice for Al 'Alley Cat' Chernoff Animal Rescuer Claude V Marie Janet Lauren
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This petition won 6 days ago

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

Release Corvain Cooper from Life Imprisonment Without Parole for Marijuana

On June 18, 2014, Corvain T. Cooper was convicted in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte for the crime of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  This was a non-violent crime.  Corvain Cooper did not use any violence, or even threaten any violence, in this case.  Despite former Attorney General Eric Holder's promise not to seek life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, the United States Attorney sought and obtained a life sentence under the Federal "Three Strikes" law.  Corvain Cooper's two prior felonies that were the first two strikes were a conviction in California for possession of marijuana, and one conviction for possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription. When he was sent to prison for the rest of his life for selling marijuana, Corvain Cooper was 34 years old, a father to two young daughters, ages 4 and 8, a fiancee, a son, a friend, and a small business owner selling clothing and footwear. Corvain appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing that his sentence of life imprisonment without parole for a non-violent drug offense as Cruel and Unusual Punishment.  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld this injustice, and the Supreme Court declined to hear the case. After his direct appeals concluded, the State of California enacted Proposition 47 and Proposition 64 as part of legislative drug law reforms after California legalized marijuana.  Both laws permitted people like Corvain Cooper to apply to the courts to vacate their marijuana or drug felony convictions, and replace them with misdemeanor convictions.  Corvain Cooper successfully applied, and both of his felony convictions were thrown out.  Both of the "two strikes" were vacated, meaning that Corvain Cooper was no longer eligible for the "Three Strikes" law. We filed a petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 2255 in the Federal court, challenging his life sentence under the "Three Strikes" law - since two of the three strikes were no longer felonies, he should not receive a life sentence. The Federal courts have denied our challenge.  The case is once again before the United States Supreme Court.  If the Court allows this sentence to stand, this man will never see his family again. In 2016, we submitted an application for clemency with President Barack Obama, asking him to commute this grossly unjust sentence of life imprisonment for a non-violent drug offense.  Unfortunately, before he left office, President Obama denied our clemency petition. I have been representing Corvain Cooper since his sentencing in 2014.  Because his family has been unable to afford legal fees, I have been representing him for free - pro bono.  I have pledged to continue to fight for this young man, who is a genuinely good person who does not deserve this Draconian punishment. Join us in asking President Donald J. Trump to stop the madness of mandatory life sentences for non-violent drug offenders, and commute Corvain Cooper's sentence so his daughters can grow up with a father. For more information, contact: Patrick Michael Megaro, Esq. Halscott Megaro, P.A. 1300 North Semoran Boulevard, Suite 195 Orlando, FL 32807 USA Phone: (407) 255-2164

Patrick Michael Megaro
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