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Criminal Justice

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Petition to President elect Joseph Biden

Revoke Flynn's Pardon, If you want peace, fight for justice, the same for Unity

In the aftermath of Watergate, political leaders in DC allowed Ford to pardon Nixon for anything he may have done during the time he was president without specifying a crime, confessing guilt, and in many cases while still hiding those crimes from the American people. This time also resulted in the tradition, created not by congress or courts but by a justice department memo- of not indicting a sitting president. More recently Donald J. Trump has further expanded the abuse of this power, pardoning war criminals who slaughtered innocent Iraqi's, large compaign contributors, co-conspirators who would have testified against him, pre-emptive pardons of members of his own cabinet, and even himself making a mockery of our justice system. The details of Mike Flynn, who has no right to his former military title, are well know- he confessed and AG Barr and DJT did all they could to stop him from being convicted until finally pardoning him. He has since called for the use of the military to launch what any reasonable person would call a coup that would destroy our republic.  Presidential pardon's are executed through executive order, the tradition of reversing these are well established- the constitution has no restriction on a president revoking a pardon. A challenge to revoking a pardon would bring to court questions that have needed to be answered for 50 years.

Spot Etal
78 supporters
Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to Department of Justice, United States Supreme Court, Andrew M. Cuomo, Donald J. Trump

Get Gary Home!

“A Fight for Freedom” In the words of Gary. I know what I’m about to say may sound normal but its not if you take the time out to listen. I’ve been in prison since I was 16 years old. To date I still don’t understand how? I never had a run in with the law at  the time. I was charged with attempted murder but later dropped to assault. During this time I was indicted for murder in the 2nd which was dropped to a lower charge. Before I was convicted of any charges just mentioned I was re arrested by the ATF in Virginia. In any of these cases there isn’t any proof, everything hearsay. I was sent to Virginia and was found guilty of many charges and sentenced to life without parole. I was sent back to N.Y and took a plea deal of 18 years, advised by my counsel. I was afraid of another life sentence. I am in prison with nothing tying me to any of these crimes.  The Supreme Court ruled in June 2012 that juveniles convicted of murder cannot be subject to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. In 2016 after a motion was granted on my behalf, A Judge in Virginia Resentenced me to 50 years in federal prison. I am almost done with my state sentence, reason why I am fighting to come home. I am seeking help from anybody who can take the time to understand my story and help me. I was only a kid in high school. There is so much more that I would love to share. I know my voice is only heard by a few but I need many to help me. Please sign and share my petition. This is the start in the right direction to overturn my conviction. God Bless.  If anyone would like to share information on how we could get Gary home contact Breyannacel@gmail.com Send Words of Motivation to Gary Gary Johnson #10A0221                                     Green Haven Correctional Facility594 Rt. 216Stormville, New York 12582-0010

Breyanna celestin
2,257 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Governor J. B. Pritzker, Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Help commute Jomar Lopez's prison sentence

The fabric of America was birthed on two basic principles/ ideals, that freedom is a right and with hard work you can achieve anything in this nation. It is in this spirit we ask for your support in this petition.  This petition is in support of Jomar Lopez a man who has been a prisoner since a 15 year old juvenile. At the age of 15 Jomar was apart of a robbery with three other individuals that turned tragic. The actions he took that day ultimately lead to the death of Mr. Azena. This is something that will always be bestowed on his shoulders, knowing that his actions effected two family's forever the Azena family and his very own. I cannot emphasize the magnitude in which Mr. Lopez is so remorseful for what transpired. Jomar took a plea deal in which he was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Now at the age of 31 and approx. 16 and a half years in prison. Jomar has grown exponentially as a person, he's a man who's positive, passionate, and optimistic. He has taken his incarceration and situation and turned it into a positive outcome. While in prison he has made education a primary priority, he has obtained his GED and is 12 credits away from earning his Associates Degree. He didn't stop there, he worked hard and landed with the opportunity to learn two trades that will help him tremendously upon his release. He learned and ultimately trained other inmates in the fields of embroidery and graphic design, which he honed his designing skills and taught others as well. When faced with adversity he looks at it as an opportunity to do better. This is a man that learned the value of life and has shown he is rehabilitated. With your support we can restore this man's life, for he can begin his re-acclamation process back into society and contribute to humanity as a whole. Help us by signing on to this petition for commutation of sentence to time considered served for Jomar Lopez. 

Jomar Lopez
857 supporters
Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Chris Koster, Loretta Lynch, Richard Callahan, St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper, St. Louis American Newspaper, NEW YORK TIMES, USA Today

Free "Oscar Mims" : Prosecuting Attorney and Court Officials Bullying An Innocent Man To Plead Guilty To A Crime He Has Not Committed

An innocent man, Oscar Mims is being detained and being bullied  (for over  2 years) to plead guilty to a crime he has not committed.  A great injustice is being done.  Please do not just sit by and watch this system imprison this man to 10 years in prison for a crime that has never been committed.   On June 4, 2013 Oscar Mims was arrested and taken away from his residence in St. Louis, Missouri without justifiable cause or reason, and is still being illegally detained against his will.   When we asked the Federal Agents why were they at our home for Oscar one of the Agents responded, “We really don’t have nothing on you.  We just had to come here because your name was on the list.” This is an illegal wiretapping case.   During the Evidentiary Hearing on September 25, 2013, the Lead DEA Agent (Mr. Hofer) testified under oath that there was no type of surveillance conducted on Oscar Mims & there is no evidence against Oscar Mims either : -  NO  confidential source -  NO  physical surveillance -  NO  cooperating defendant -  NO  undercover agents -  NO  mobile tracking device -  NO  trash search -  NO  search warrant and congenial searches -  NO  narcotics related arrest -  NO  interviews, grand jury subpoenas , immunity -  NO  pen registers, trap and trace devices-   -  NO  precision location into -  NO  mail cover request and financial investigation So if none of these investigative tools were used on Oscar Mims, why is he being held without bond for over 2 year & 39 days (to date) now and there’s no evidence on him in this case and the Prosecuting Attorney is still pushing for a conviction.  This makes no sense. In numerous Suppression Hearings (presided over by Judge David Noce) and PreTrial Hearings (presided over by Judge Rodney Sippel), Oscar repeatedly reminded the Judges how no type of surveillance was conducted on him & that even the Lead DEA Agent stated in the  Evidentiary Hearing that no evidence was gathered against him.  But Judge Sippel simply replies back, “Well that’s what we’re going to trial for.  We’ll let the jury decide.” Since 2013 Judge Sippel has also said he would not release Oscar on bond stating, “He is a threat to society.”  How can you deem a man who is being unlawfully detained & has never been a violent offender as being a “threat to society.”  The judge is just making up false accusation to justify/coverup/hide the injustice that Oscar is encountering.  Judge Sippel won’t let Oscar Mims out on bond by stating he’s a “threat to society” …….  But all the while this same judge keeps telling Oscar, “Well the offer is still on the table, we’ll let you go with time served if you just plead guilty.  And you can make it home to be with your family by Memorial Day …. by 4th of July.”  Oscar Mims is not the threat.  The threat is actually in this fraudulent case being EXPOSED and THE TRUTH getting out.  This is what the Judge & the Prosecuting Attorney (FEDS) want to keep hidden from you & from the public’s eye. The US Prosecuting Attorney (Kenneth Tihen) does not want to let this go.   He is being too prideful to admit he made a mistake, that Oscar Mims should not have ever been picked up & should not be further detained.  The US Prosecuting Attorney Tihen would rather hold on to his pride & watch another man’s life be unlawfully stripped away for another 10 years for a crime he has not committed. Since 2013 Oscar was never told nor read the charges that are before him.  Therefore he has never pled guilty or not guilty to anything.  During a Pretrial Hearing earlier this year (2015) with Judge Sippel,  Oscar brought this to the Judge’s attention, and the Judge told Oscar that was incorrect.  The Judge then asked the Prosecuting Attorney Tihen if the charges against Oscar Mims were read to him during the Evidentiary Hearing and approved & stamped certified.   The Prosecuting Attorney Tihen did not reply.   So Oscar asked the Judge to research it for himself & he’ll see it was never done.   At the next Pretrial Hearing Judge Sippel said he did review the transcript from the Evidentiary Hearing  & told Oscar, “The Hearing states that you waived your right to know the charges that are before you.”   Oscar stated to the Judge, “I never waived my rights.  Where does it say that?”   With Oscar demanding to see this certified copy for himself, the Judge recanted and then said, “Well you didn’t waive it, your Lawyer did it for you.”  Oscar responded, “When did he waive my rights for me.  I never asked him to do that.”  With careful research we have learned that Judge Sippel chose & appointed Attorney Eric Butts as Oscar Mims Public Defender in regards to this case.  From the very beginning, over 2 years ago, Oscar has had problems with this appointed Public Defender.  Oscar has even written letters to the National Bar Association to express the problems, only for them to reply back in so many words, “We can’t help you.  We don’t have a lawyer to appoint to you. You’ll just have to get yourself another lawyer on your own.” Of what good is the National Bar Association?   The Prosecuting attorney is trying to charge Oscar Mims with a crime to face 10 years in jail for something he did not do.  Is the National Bar Association really not concerned about that.   Seriously what is their purpose?  Is it to be a storage facility for incoming letters by local citizens about complaints & misrepresentation?  Seriously, what is their purpose?  So they can’t or won’t assist Oscar with getting another Lawyer. This case against Oscar Mims should have been thrown out from the very beginning since the Evidentiary Hearing on September 25, 2013, as well as during every Suppression Hearing & Pretrial Hearing that has taken place thereafter.  Both Judges presiding over this case have the authority to dismiss this case at any time. Every time Oscar goes before Judge Sippel,  Oscar points out to him each of the facts/issues that have been presented here.  And each and every time the Judge responds back, “Well that’s what we’re going to trial for.  We’ll let the Jury decide.”  Then Oscar responds, “With all of this information I’m presenting before you I should not be going to trial.  I should not have even been picked up.  I should not even be here.”  And every time this Judge responds back to Oscar, “Oh we’re going to trial, we’re definitely going to trial.”  The Judge even tosses around with a smile in his voice,  “I do believe the Plea Bargain is still on the table for you Mr. Mims, is that correct Prosecuting Attorney, are we still able to revisit that?”    And each and every time the Prosecuting Attorney responds back with, “Yes, the offer is still on the table for Mr. Mims.” Oscar is encountering various levels of injustice, deceit & racism from the Judges, Prosecuting Attorney & his Public Defender. All of whom are Caucasians.  From our research here is another clear example of it : The Plea Bargain offer on the table since March 2015 is, “If you plead guilty, the Prosecuting Attorney & the Court will let you go in 2 more months with time served.”  So then the questions arise : 1. Time served for “What?” 2. This Plea Bargain has never been given to Oscar in writing. 3. Since it has not been submitted to Oscar in writing,  it is not a concrete agreement, therefore it is subject to change by the Judge at any time. 4.  Attorney Butts (Oscar’s Attorney) has never made mention or given any information to Oscar about #2 and #3.   If someone is being paid to be your Lawyer, they are suppose to have your best interest at heart.    Since the very beginning & even up to this day, Attorney Butts does not.  And he has also never told Oscar that he has/is presenting a Counter Offer of any sort to the Judge & Prosecuting Attorney.  How about a Counter Offer of, “I submitted to the Judge & Prosecuting Attorney to let you go with all charges dropped.” 5.  Attorney Butts has said nothing on Oscar’s behalf.  All the more reason to validate he is not working for Oscar, but for the Judge and Prosecuting Attorney.  6.  Oscar’s lawyer (Attorney Butts) is not even trying to present the facts the “Lead DEA Agent” said during sworn testimony in the Evidentiary Hearing.  The Lead DEA Agent clearly said he has no type of surveillance & no evidence against Oscar Mims. Oscar is not going to plead guilty to any charges because he has not committed any crime.  With further research we learned that if he were to plead guilty, then all the transcripts from this case regarding him would be destroyed, forever lost & no one would be able to access, review or research this case & the injustice being orchestrated here in St. Louis, Missouri by Judges Noce & Sippel, and Attorneys Tihen & Butts.  With all the injustice Oscar has encountered for over 2 years from this case, it is almost factual that him going to trial would also be unjustly.  How is this factual?  Because, Oscar does not have an Attorney that is working on his behalf.  He will not have a fair trial & he will not have a jury of his peers.   The jury will be interviewed, screened & hand selected by the 3 individuals that are set on wanting to see an innocent man go to jail. (Those 3 individuals are Judge Sippel, Attorney Tihen, and Attorney Butts). This case has been set for jury trial on : August 31, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 16-South at the  Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse 111 South 10th Street St. Louis, MO  63102  ___________________________________Letter Please join us in calling on these Officials & Newspapers to investigate the bullying, unlawful detaining and release of Oscar Mims  :  Eastern District of Missouri US Attorney, Richard Callahan Missouri Attorney General, Chris Koster US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch   St. Louis American Newspaper St. Louis Post Dispatch Newspaper New York Times USA Today I’m writing you today to call for justice for Oscar Mims and his family. Oscar Mims has been unlawfully detained for a crime that does not extist & he has not committed.  He is being bullied with the options to plead guilty or go to trial.  During the Evidentiary Hearing the Lead DEA Agent (Mr Hofer) testified there was no evidence against Oscar Mims because no type of surveillance was ever conducted on him.  We ask that you release Oscar Mims & drop all charges against him, so that he may be able to resume his life and continue taking care of his family that love & miss him dearly. Please uphold justice.  ---------------------- Sincerely,

Rochelle Riggins
485 supporters