criminal justice reform
Petition to Missouri Governor
Free Gypsy Rose Blanchard
On July 5, 2016 Gypsy Rose Blanchard received a sentenced of 10 years to a Missouri State prison after reaching a plea deal to charges of second degree murder of her lifelong abusive mother. The case was highly profiled and received national news coverage. HBO made a documentary film called "Mommy Dead and Dearest" directed by Erin Lee Carr which aired May 15, 2017. The documentary features home movies, interviews from family members, doctors, friends, experts, attorneys and a one on one with Gypsy filmed the same day she accepted the plea deal. It is a non-biased look at the case and will certainly challenge anyone to really think about whether or not Gypsy is now where she deserves to be. Gypsy was forced all her life to fake a long list of ailments and illnesses including leukemia, vision and hearing impairment, sleep apnea, retardation, muscular dystrophy, and a chromosome disorder and digestive disorders. Her mother Dee Dee Blanchard suffered from a disease called Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, a relatively rare form of child abuse that involves the exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver. Dee Dee convinced multiple doctors that Gypsy was sick child all her life starting from an age of just three months old. By 6 years old Gypsy was deemed paralyzed from the waist down from muscular dystrophy and had a feeding tube implant. The whole time being completely healthy and forced to fake her symptoms during doctors visits and while out in public. Even her closest neighbors and friends had no clue Gypsy's predicament. By her late teens Dee Dee began documenting Gypsy's actual age as much younger and was shaving Gypsy's head and telling everyone Gypsy had Leukemia and was retarded. Dee Dee completely controlled Gypsy's food intake through a feeding tube often times medicating her without her knowing while she slept. Dee Dee convinced doctors to remove Gypsy's saliva glands by applying oral gel numbing cream in her mouth so it appeared she was drooling constantly. Her teeth all fell out from all the medication Dee Dee had pumped into her over the years. Gypsy tried running away once and was caught within 4 hours, then Dee Dee handcuffed her to a bed for 2 weeks. Dee Dee was using Gypsy's illnesses as part of her scamming multiple organizations for money, housing, care, Disney trips, attention, and free flights to hospitals. After an anonymous call was placed about Gypsy's well being, local police department visited their home and Dee Dee convinced them that Gypsy was being well taken care of and her illnesses were legitimate. At this point Gypsy says she had no other way out of this life of captivity confined to a wheelchair, a feeding tube and very limited social interaction. Although having only been educated to a second grade level, Gypsy became desperate after falling in love with Nicholas Godejohn 27, a young man from Wisconsin whom she met on a Christian dating website. Gypsy tried coordinating a meeting between Nicholas and Dee Dee at a local movie theater and Dee totally despised him as Gypsy recalls. So here she was, captive all her life, in love with no escaping Dee Dee, her own mother. Nicholas suffers from a form of autism and displayed having multiple personalities from evidence presented in court. Gypsy and Nick planned and murdered Dee Dee in her sleep on June 13, 2015. Nicholas stabbed Dee Dee multiple times and slit her neck while Gypsy hid in the bathroom. Together they fled to Nicholas's parent's home back in Wisconsin, thinking they could finally be together and Gypsy could be free at last. Gypsy recalls and acknowledges what she did was wrong and without hesitation admits now, that 10 years in prison is better than 10 years living under her mother's abuse. I am Gypsy's Father Rod Blanchard. I too was lead to believe Gypsy was sick her whole life. Dee Dee and I were married then separated during her pregnancy. I was 17 Dee Dee was 23. I have always tried to be the best father I could, but Dee Dee always kept my relationship with Gypsy very limited. I always provided financial and moral support to them even after Gypsy turned 18 I continued to pay $1,200 a month in child support payments because I was convinced that Gypsy was disabled and Dee Dee spent all of her time caring for Gypsy. They were relocated from Louisiana to Missouri after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and they would become unavailable just prior to my planned visits to see them. We maintained a relationship but only by phone calls and cards and gifts. Dee Dee always coached, filtered and monitored Gypsy and I's communications. We all have failed Gypsy, her mother, the doctors, the police, and myself. Any one of us could have done more to free her from hell with her mother. She never had a chance, she was brainwashed, threatened. Living in fearful captivity in a child's body her entire life, she never got to blossom into the beautiful young woman she deserves to be. How is this any different than a wife snapping and killing her abusive husband? Why? Because she planned it? She believed this was her only escape.. that was her reality. Watch the documentary, watch her interview. I'm petitioning for any relief to Gypsy's 10 year sentence, a shorter sentence, perhaps relocation to a mental facility where she can get the better help she needs. Gypsy has a loving family and community waiting, supporting her every step of the way to freedom. She calls home 3-4 times a week and spends hours on the phone with her amazing step mother, my wife Kristy. She has a younger brother Dylan 22 and sister Mia 16. She has suffered long enough. Please help her come home. She is serving time in Chillicothe Corrections Center in Missouri. She is eligible for parole in 2024, she will be 32. She appears completely healthy and in good spirits, although we don't know if there were any long term physical effects from the abuse. Thank You for your signature and support Rod Blanchard Jr. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/father-gypsy-blanchard-speaks-mommy-dead-dearest-47410578 https://mommydeadanddearest.com/ https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelledean/dee-dee-wanted-her-daughter-to-be-sick-gypsy-wanted-her-mom?utm_term=.kdQPqxo5g#.pd4VZ4Nxa
Petition to Governor Doug Ducey
Provide Clemency to an innocent man who has already served 28 years of a 52 year term,
Anant Kumar Tripati is one of many individuals displaced within our US criminal justice system and left without relief in his quest for truth and justice. He was arrested in 1992 in Beverly Hills, California by Arizona Police, transported to Arizona, tried and convicted for an alleged 'white collar scheme' of insurance fraud and convicted by a jury and sentenced to 52.5 years with NO possibility of parole. Although numerous witnesses have stepped forward over the years and have signed affidavits documenting that they were pressured by the District Attorney to testify against Mr. Tripati, his evidence has fallen on deaf ears within the judicial system of Arizona. For many years he has diligently applied pressure on the legal system only to be 'shut out' of the courts. Hence, at the present time, with all of the evidence in his favour, the Governor of Arizona simply needs to provide Anant Kumar Tripati clemency, once and for all! Mr. Tripati, born in 1954, will be 90 years old in 2044, should he be released after serving his entire 52.5 year sentence. He has been treated worse than a murderer and the question remains as to why such malfeasance was allowed to take place and impact any individual within the United States of America. Mr. Tripati desperately needs relief. His health is in a delicate state, he has been receiving substandard medical treatment within the Arizona Department of Corrections for many years and he needs to be returned to the care and attention of his family. For more information about his struggle, please review: corruptarizonacourts.blogspot.com and https://www.google.com/amp/s/spotlightonlaw2.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/brazen-complete-injustice-in-arizona-anant-tripati/amp/?client=safari It is time that we unite to free Mr. Anant Kumar Tripati so that he can have the opportunity to engage his wife and two adult daughters who were abandoned as adolescents when he was falsely charged and convicted in 1992.
Petition to The Governor of Oklahoma & Pardon and Parole Board
Julius Jones is innocent. Don't let him be executed by the state of Oklahoma.
When Julius Jones was 19-years-old, he was convicted of a murder he says he did not commit. I need your help to save his life. Julius has lived on death row for almost 20 years, and is held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. He is allowed one hour of sunlight a day, and three showers a week. Every minute we wait to take action, Julius is suffering. Every second that goes by brings Julius closer to being executed for a crime he didn’t commit. At the time of the crime for which he was convicted, Julius was a 19-year-old student athlete with a promising future, attending the University of Oklahoma on an academic scholarship. It is clear that Julius’ lawyer did not adequately defend him, and that explicit racial bias played a significant role in the process.. For example: Eyewitnesses place Mr. Jones at his parents’ home at the time of the murder, miles away from the crime scene. Mr. Jones’ co-defendant admitted to being involved in the crime and is now free after testifying against Julius. He was heard bragging that he “set Julius up.” Mr. Jones’ co-defendant matches the only eyewitness description of the shooter based on the length of his hair. Newly-discovered evidence shows that at least one juror harbored racial prejudice that influenced his vote to convict and sentence Mr. Jones to death. One juror reported telling the judge about another juror who said the trial was a waste of time and “they should just take the n***** out and shoot him behind the jail.” I learned about Julius’ story through Viola Davis’ docuseries “The Last Defense.” As a person of color and a person of faith, I knew that I couldn’t stand by while an innocent man was killed. I am an Oklahoma taxpayer and the idea that my money will be used to kill Julius makes me sick. Every day an innocent man is forced to sit in solitary confinement, awaiting his death. Recently, a grassroots movement successfully pressured Texas to stay the execution of Rodney Reed, another black man sentenced to death for a crime he says he didn’t commit. If we can save Rodney, then Julius has a chance. Please join me and demand justice for Julius.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
Clemency for Larry Hoover, Serving 6 Life Sentences for Non-Violent, Drug Related Offenses
Larry has spent over 2 decades in solitary confinement in ADX Supermax in Florence, Colorado. He is serving 6 life sentences for non violent drug related offenses. Before being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in solitary confinement, and with gang violence beginning to surge in Chicago and other inner cities, Larry, while serving time in Illinois State Prison, penned a manifesto called “The Blueprint” which was intended to eradicate gang violence from the streets and to steer those who were previously involved in such activities towards inner city growth and development. By steering folks towards civic engagement, it would aid in disposing these depressed areas of gang violence. Also, while still in Illinois State Prison, Larry organized “United in Peace” an anti-gang violence summit which was in direct response to an increase in gang violence in Chicago and other Mid-West cities. Larry’s new focus towards eradicating gang violence speaks directly to his efforts to not only rehabilitate himself, but to rehabilitate the inner cities. His God given gift for organization and leadership aided in the drop in gang violence in Chicago- a city that has historically been known for severe gang activity. Due to Larry’s efforts with United in Peace gang violence dropped precipitously and more people in Chicago were becoming actively engaged in local politics. Through his 21st Century Vote initiative, perhaps the most rigorous inner city get out the vote campaign his country has seen, candidates who received his endorsement were being competitive in political races across Chicago and in the Midwest. Once the federal government received notice of this work, they maliciously prosecuted him and the rest of 21st Century Vote in order to dismantle their efforts. Ultimately, through seemingly illegal wiretapping of unwitting prison visitors who came to see Larry, the federal government used this evidence to convict him of 6 life sentences all spent in severe isolation in the most secure prison in the world; robbing him of human contact. Since his federal conviction, he has been housed in the same unit as the Unabomber, Al Queda leadership and notorious serial killers. At ADX the Control Unit is the most secure and isolated unit currently in use. Prisoners in the Control Unit are isolated from the other prisoners at all times, even during recreation, for extended terms often lasting six years. Their only meaningful contact with other humans is with ADX staff members. Larry, for 19 years was housed in the Control Unit. The compliance of Control Unit prisoners with institutional rules is assessed monthly. A prisoner is given credit for serving a month of his Control Unit time only if he maintains clear conduct for the entire month. As mentioned above, Larry had clear conduct for 17 years straight, but was still resigned to spend ALL of that time in the Control Unit without being removed. It’s important to highlight that ADX Supermax tells its inmates that to be moved from this prison to a less restrictive unit and ultimately earn their way out of ADX, inmates must maintain clear conduct for a specific time- usually 36 months(as mentioned above, Larry had 17 straight years of clear conduct), participate in recommended programs and demonstrate a positive institutional adjustment. These 36 months consist of extreme isolation inside of a cell on an average of 23 hours a day, including during during meals. For these reasons, Larry presents a compelling and appropriate case for clemency and the ability to be removed during the process to a federal prison that provides him comfort as a senior citizen. With no parole in the federal system and no ability to make an appeal to be removed to a less severe prison where Larry can be closer to his family in Illinois, he has essentially been condemned to die under the threat of isolation and the inability to feel the human touch of his loved ones. Unless Larry is given mercy by the President, he will not be able to achieve these basic requests. Keeping Larry in ADX serves no practical purpose. He has shown that he can and is more than willing to help clean up Chicago and other inner cities. To keep him from this meaningful work would only be a negative. Furthermore, to keep him housed in ADX will only continue to waste taxpayer money. Larry has more than paid his debt to society by serving the past 2 decade’s years of his life in isolation laboring under the dark cloud of dying there.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.halscottmegaro.com
Petition to Free STANLEY WATSON, Governor Stitt, Oklahoma commutation and parole board, Abolish life for JUVENILES
Justice for Stanley Watson..
Wrongfully convicted as a juvenile sentenced to life.
Justice for Stanley Watson Fix the Oklahoma justice system, and COMANCHE COUNTY corruption We move for Stanley Watson to be released and or sentence commuted.. On September 24-26 2000. At the age of 17 Mr. Stanley Watson was charged and later sentenced to life with parole for a crime of which he didn't commit. Seeing that the victim (Austin Hatcher) was a young white male. The investigation and all procedures the county sheriff's department, and investigators took along with the district attorney's office were totally racist and prejudicial. Stanley never stood a chance at a fair trial. The witnesses Alonzo Horne, Sachiko Glaster even testified that they were in alot of words being forced to testify to a lie because the D.A had threatened them that had they not testified to what the wanted then they (The witnesses) were going to be tried with the murder. This took place on the stand and the jury heard it. However; still Mr. Watson was convicted and his name was drug through the mud during the investigation. The investigation wasn't taken seriously. For there was a hunting knife found at the scene of the crime but was never taken and actually presented into evidence. The three people who testified Against Stanley all had conflicting statements. None of them added up. No one could even place a knife in Mr. Watson's hands at any time during the party. It wasn't until afterwards while no longer at the party that Sachiko Glaster in her testimony said that while at Jennifer Kelley's house she saw a knife In Mr. Watson's hand.. Missing to share the information that during the ride from the party; She and Stanley had been holding hands with one hand with the other he was smoking a cigarette. Never once did he display a knife or any weapon for that matter. There was absolutely no one who testified that they actually witnessed Stanley Watson commit the crime. They only placed him at or around the fight. Which he never denied being at. The lawyer of Stanley Watson was a public defender by the name of Don guttridege. His private investigator was Scott Rice. The lawyer did absolutely nothing to defend Stanley Watson accurately. He showed no push to prove how Stanley was innocent instead he only aimed to prove his theory of who he thought it was.. May I add that all of Stanley's clothes and shoes were checked and swiped of the DNA of the deceased. And there were no traces of Austin Hatcher's blood or even clothes follicles on Stanley's clothes. The lawyer was very ineffective as he at one point lied to Stanley Watson about a court session with a special jury. They pulled Stanley up a few days before his scheduled trial date.. Mr. Watson confused, and with no knowledge as to his constitutional rights or the law Mr. Watson asked what was going on.. Guttridge informed Stanley that he was about to go to trial, and none of his family were going to be able to attend. He called it a special jury trial.. When Mr. Watson grew even more weary. The lawyer told him that I'm ordering his family to be able to come to his trial. He (Stanley Watson) was going to have to go into the judge chambers and tell him they needed an extension of time because they weren't ready or prepared. All this was a game to help the state place fear into Mr. Watson, a young black kid who was ignorant to the law and life. Once Mr. Watson denied to ask for the extension and told the judge, D.A and his lawyer he was ready for trial. This took them by shock. The judge quickly took it off record and again tried to convince Mr. Watson to ask when he didn't budge the D.A himself asked for one stating he had hundreds of other witnesses to talk to. The judge granted it to him.. This entire case was filled with racism and prejudiceness. All they knew was that a young white man was dead, and they were going to convict someone for it.. That someone was Mr. Watson. And with the fear they placed into his friends who also were very young. NONE OF THEM STOOD A CHANCE AGAINST THE SYSTEM.
Petition to President Donald Trump/, USPardon.Attorney , President Donald Trump
Clemency for my son, Darrell Frazier.
My name is Joyce Johnson, the mother of federal prisoner,Darrell Frazier. The problem that I want to solve is that my son is serving a life sentence with no parole for a drug conspiracy. He has served 29 1/2 years thus far, which I believe he has paid his debt to society. I am putting up this petition support page to ask President Donald J Trump, to grant my son executive clemency to reduce my son's life sentence to time served and show him mercy. Since being incarcerated Darrell founded The Joe Johnson Tennis Foundation a non-profit foundation in 2010, which I (his mother) is CEO. The foundation itself teaches 100 to 200 children per week through summer camps at local recreation centers in Chattanooga, TN. It begins the first week in June through the first week of August. What an inspiration it would be to have my son tell his story as he teaches tennis to the children within the community. Clemency would give him the opportunity to take over as head of this foundation and help me his mother due to my recent disability. Clemency would also bring back cohesiveness within the family which has been lost due his incarceration. Now I want to ask all my family members and friends for support of this petition as well as my son's friends and associates to sign and support this petition as well. May God continue to bless everyone who signs this executive clemency support petition. Sincerely, Joyce Johnson - mother of Darrell Frazier
Petition to Tate Reeves, United States Supreme Court
Shutdown Parchman Prison in Parchman Mississippi
Hello My name is Shayla Adams and I need your help closing down Parchman Prison in Parchman Mississippi. The conditions and abuse recieved by the inmates is unorthodox and inhumane. These human beings are not only living in squalor but being beaten, abused, and made to drink water so contaminated it's not safe for use. The prison itself is the oldest prison in Mississippi and it shows in the deterioration with leaking ceilings, black mold, holes and erosion in the walls so bad you can see outside. Imagine it was a loved one of yours would you want them to live in those conditions? This prison is not only breaking laws but its killing people. Please help me to fix this issue and to give these people a more stable enviroment. Rehabilitation starts with the environment an unstable environment makes for unstable people. Thank you for your time.