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A Travesty of Justice

A young man I know, went to prison, served several years, and got out on parole. I am not saying he is innocent or guilty of the crime he was accused of. He was charged with one crime, while his cohorts were accused of multiple offences. The Police Officer, who was a main witness at his trial, has since been found guilty of manufacturing evidence, among other crimes, and is currently serving time in the state prison.

This young man was released from prison, married, had children, and did everything the legal system said he had to in order to get off supervised parole. The parole board, who agreed to the terms he has since abided by, decided to change their decision after he accomplished all they asked. The parole board is now saying he is responsible for all the crimes his fellow cohorts did, and must pay an additional restitution of almost thirty thousand dollars or go back to prison.

Understand this clearly. This young man, who was not accused of, or found guilty of, crimes others did must now make restitution for their crimes or spend the next ten years in prison.
This is our legal system at work.

I do not know why the parole board in Kentucky changed their minds when he has documentation showing exactly what he must do to get off parole, and proof it was accomplished. I do not know where this young man is supposed to suddenly come up with thirty thousand dollars. He has a family to support, and in this depression we are in, it is hard enough to find work, much less have an extra thirty thousand dollars lying around.

His parole officer knows this entire situation is wrong, and is trying his best to rectify it. I do not if he will be able to, so I am publishing this, and sending a copy to the Governor of Kentucky, because, the only way I can see for this to be fixed is for this young man to get a full pardon from the Governor.

Wish me luck.

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MaCall Petersen appeared before a state parole board member Tuesday morning saying she was sorry for what happened to her friend and that she wanted to move forward with life. Petersen is serving a 6-year sentence for her role in the June 2005 death of 18-year-old Amelia Sorich, who overdosed on a mix of cocaine and heroin. Sorich’s parents are asking the State’s Board of Pardons and Parole not to grant an early release to the girl they say killed their daughter. Amelia Sorich MaCall Petersen spoke about the events that took place the night Sorich died. She says the whole time she knew what she was doing was wrong, but she was scared to call police because of her history with the law. Petersen said, “I was very high, and I wasn’t thinking. I was being completely selfish.” Katherine Sorich said, “You have to go back and re-live the whole thing, and it was a nightmare from beginning to end.” Petersen was doing drugs with Sorich and admits she injected her friend with drugs. Sorich collapsed in the kitchen and, instead of calling police, Petersen and Jason Calacino took her body to the hills above Bountiful and left her there. Amelia’s parents, Michael and Kathryn Sorich, took turns speaking to the board about their daughter’s death and the days while she was missing. They say Petersen didn’t help police then and isn’t showing enough remorse now. Kathryn Sorich said, “I hope she really does feel remorse, but I really don’t feel that she has remorse. I think she just feels
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Question by MacGyver: Huckabee ‘rape’ story: Lets have a serious debate?
I support Huckabee, let’s make that personal bias clear and in the open.

Huckabee has been accused of supporting(or actually) paroling a convicted rapist(Wayne Dumond) who later went on to murder another woman. I have seen brief coverage of the story, so I investigated further on Huckabee’s website. I was surprised at what I saw:

-The Governor of Arkansas has no legal authority to pardon anyone, they can only make a sentence parole eligible, which Clinton (rather..his vice governor) did, not Huckabee.
-Every member of the parole board was appointed by Clinton
-Two Parole board members changed their story about whether or not Huckabee supported the parole…only after Huckabee did not ‘re-elect’ them to parole board.

I am NOT trying to force this interpretation of the story down your throats. This is the side I know. I am looking for other viewpoints on these facts. If he misconstruing anything? Let us not let a candidate get swift boated–Republican or Democrat.

Best answer:

Answer by scorch_22
Well here is something else to think about… its easy to pretend he should be blamed for the guy committing another crime, but if thats the case, do you blame jurors every time someone found innocent and that person does something else illegal, or every time a judge gives someone a minimum sentence and that person returns to the life of crime. How about lawyers like Hillary or Edwards that spend their life defending criminals, should they be blamed if someone they get off decides to rape, kill, or steal from someone after they get out of it?

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Governor wants to pardon Scottsboro Boys
Only one of them received a pardon from the state parole board. King said the Governor feels it's time to right a wrong. "We are exploring some methods that would allow a process for posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys," said King. Copyright …
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Troy Davis, Nellie McKay, Amnesty International, Colorofchange.org, End the Death Penalty, Stop the Execution, Capital Punishment, Innocence Project, Georgia, Tivon Pennicott, Bessie, The state of Georgia plans to execute Troy Davis on September 21, 2011. There is still serious doubt as to Troy Davis’ guilt, and by putting him to death Georgia runs the risk of killing an innocent man. Please call on the board to save Troy Davis’ life. The fact is, no physical evidence connected Davis to the murder. Seven of the original nine witnesses have recanted, with many saying their testimony was a result of law enforcement pressure. Of the remaining witnesses, one is highly suspect and the other could be the actual culprit in the officer’s murder. Now, despite these and other facts, the state of Georgia has taken the final steps toward Davis’ execution — and only the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole stands between Davis and the lethal injection chamber. Georgia may be about to kill an innocent man. That’s not justice. You can help in four ways: 1. Sign the petition asking the Georgia Parole Board to spare Troy Davis’ life: act.colorofchange.org 2. Help us tell Troy’s story to thousands of Georgia residents by making a contribution to the effort to buy ads in Georgia media: act.colorofchange.org 3. Write a letter to the editor of local and national newspapers: action.firedoglake.com 4. Spread the word to others. Pass this information on to your friends and family, and share the

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