Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted

Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted

There are 39 comments on the DispatchPolitics story from Jan 13, 2011, titled Petro fighting for the wrongly convicted. In it, DispatchPolitics reports that:

Jim and Nancy Petro hope to change assumptions about the justice system. DispatchPolitics In a new book that underscores his stunning change of heart, former Republican Attorney General Jim Petro argues that thousands of people are wrongfully convicted in this country - and that police and prosecutorial misconduct is partly to blame.

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Beth Michael

Hickory, NC

#21 Jan 13, 2011
My husband and I do prison ministry and hear from many inmates who seek help with their legal cases to prove their innocense. And we have one in Missouri serving LWOP who is innocent and we have tried to help find legal assistance. It's been 20 years and still in the battle for his freedom. We are trusting God for deliverance. I believe it is a "national travesty", but too few care. http://christian-penpals.com
Mary

Winter Garden, FL

#22 Jan 13, 2011
I was falsly accused by family memebers of my ex-boyfriend, there fore now i have a record, money is now so dificult to obtain, I am going through so much hardship, they tried to pin on me burglary charges, which I did not do anytime because they could not prove it, but its still in my records and because of that I can not find a job. as it is the job i now have lower my days to one day a week. I am suffering greatly because of that. please tell me what can i do.

Mary :(
Conservatives Lie

Powell, OH

#23 Jan 13, 2011
Stal wrote:
I always used to feel confident in our prosecutors and judges, until I saw first hand the abuses of power, and indifference for justice from prosecutors in Auglaize County, Ohio.
My issue was not the level of felony - only a speeding ticket. Nonetheless, they went through a lot more trouble to wrongfully convict me, and I'm sure they know as well as I do that I wasn't speeding.
I was pulled over in an air traffic sting on I-75 a couple years ago - supposedly for doing 84mph. However, my company keeps a gps log on me, which proved I was only doing 56. I talked to prosecutor meade, and offered to give him the evidence. I didn't even care to look at it. So, we took it to trial. I guess meade knew that judge gary herman was on his side, because the the judge didn't even care to hear all of my side either. I presented my evidence which was very clear. They had the 2 cops testify against me. I found a couple inconsistancies in the cops stories, and got ready to exploit it. The judge let the prosecution do their closing statement, then blatantly denied me my closing statement, where I planned on poinnting out the cops inconsisitancies among other things. One point was that the cops dash camera video clearly shows the officer's statement was wrong. The transcript clearly shows my attempt to give my closing statement. The judge said that poeple needed to leave, and pick up kids, etc. He said he'd get back on a decision. He of course decided I was guilty. I appealed, as I was denied my constitutional right to a closing statement. The 3 judges in Lima, Ohio of course ignored this, and acted as though my time testifying on the stand under oath was my closing statement. It's the buddy system in the Ohio legal system - prosecutors, local judges and appellate court judges. There's a lot more to the story that I could go on for hours about. Suffice it to say that I now have absolutley no confidence in the legal system after this. If I were on a jury in the future, I would absolutley give the defendant every benefit of the doubt. Don't get me wrong, I don't want a guilty guy getting away with it. Bad people getting away with crime puts me and my family in jeopardy in the future. But the problem is, you can't count on the prosecutors to try people they think are guilty. It's more about their own egos or careers.
Well put! This type of 'petty' theft via traffic courts and municipal courts happens on a DAILY basis here in Ohio, and I have seen it with my own eyes many times. Thank you for sharing your story.
william j ashton

Yakima, WA

#24 Jan 13, 2011
Well today I was Found guilty by a jury of 12 for second degree robbery. Yes thats scary, when I was with a man that shop lifted a item and I weas with him , and I had no Idea he did this, or planned to do this, Also I have no preiors at for shop lifting at all;. So Im going to prison for 30 months for nothing. I wish there was some help for people that need it. Please respond with what to dfo williamjashton@live.com ...thank you Bill
Jason

Springfield, MO

#25 Jan 13, 2011
Judicial corruption doesn't just happen at the local level. District Court judges such as Richard Dorr is a disgrace to the court system. He stated in his ruling that he did not care if the Municipal court judge was corrupt and dishonest, that the Municipal court judge is a judge and therefore, immune from civil liability. Does that not say that he believes all judges are above the law. No wonder there is so much judicial corruption in the state of Missouri.
My friend was attending law school in Massachusetts and was maliciously charged with tampering when he wasn't even in the state. The Greene county judges all recused themselves and it was put before a tyrant in a black robe from Nevada Missouri. The municipal court clerk stated that the judge violated Missouri rules of Criminal procedure 29.92 and 37.61, yet my friend was railroaded and the judges were not charged with any crime. This is not justice but tyranny!
"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is exercised under cover of law, and with the colors of justice …." United States vs Jannottie, 673 F.2d 578, 614 (ed Cir. 1982)
Jason

Springfield, MO

#26 Jan 13, 2011
Beth Michael wrote:
My husband and I do prison ministry and hear from many inmates who seek help with their legal cases to prove their innocense. And we have one in Missouri serving LWOP who is innocent and we have tried to help find legal assistance. It's been 20 years and still in the battle for his freedom. We are trusting God for deliverance. I believe it is a "national travesty", but too few care. http://christian-penpals.com
Beth,
I know how you feel as I am from Missouri, or as my friend calls it Misery. He wrote a book called "Misery Injustice", and in it he outlines the travesties of justice he has been through. Now mind you, he was in Law School in Massachusetts when he was maliciously charged with tampering from a local prosecutor. Different legal people around here told him that the prosecutor could not let him get a law degree because if he did, then Wolf would be unstoppable. He is the one that wrote Misery injustice. He also assists others who have been maliciously charged or convicted and is currently trying to get someone out of prison who has served 21 years for 2d degree murder. He came to me with the physical evidence he had and I agreed with him. The bullet would have to made a 90 degree turn to go through the girlfriends neck, and end up in his arm, traveling down the mans arm. You would have to see the xrays of the arm, and the other evidence. I am truely surprised that the jury was not smart enough to know the physics of energy or travel of an object. Anyway, he is in prison and cannot get parole even though the evidence shows he could not have possible had the gun, which allegedly according to GSR report was fired from a distance of 10-12 feet. The guy had his arm around his girlfriend, and therefore could not have been that far away either, but the prosecution didn't care, and maybe it wasn't even put before the jury. I really do not know. Anyway, good luck in your case and endeavor for justice. Contact Wolf through his website, www.miseryinjustice.com and he might know something to try.
sanjuana Gonzalez

Larkspur, CO

#27 Jan 13, 2011
My son is serving time in prison for something he did not do.We had a letter that was written and sent to my son.In wich it states we will keep lying untill we see you with out anything we hate you becuase you think you are better then us.The District attornys said that becuase my son had not presented the letter the right way they would not even look at it.
If some one has never been in trouble with the law how do you know how to represent your self or how to show evidence that your are innocent.
I have no faith in the justice system.I always balieved that we had good judges and layers but i just dont feel that way any more.why didnt some one take a good look at the letter before just destroying a mans life.But i know that God who sees all will make sure that persons that think they have the power to just convict with out looking at every thing will be made to see what they have done.
NickC69

Kaneohe, HI

#28 Jan 13, 2011
I retired after 31 years with a Police department and know for a fact that many prosecutors handle cases to enhance their win-lost record. I handled every kind of case as a detective and an officer. My job was to prove innocence as well as guilt. I have always been fair and taught my subordinates to treat everyone as they would want their mother treated.
I am glad to see that science is playing more of a role in the investigations, which lessen human error, arrogance or career enhancement.
Beth Michael

Hickory, NC

#29 Jan 13, 2011
william j ashton wrote:
Well today I was Found guilty by a jury of 12 for second degree robbery. Yes thats scary, when I was with a man that shop lifted a item and I weas with him , and I had no Idea he did this, or planned to do this, Also I have no preiors at for shop lifting at all;. So Im going to prison for 30 months for nothing. I wish there was some help for people that need it. Please respond with what to dfo williamjashton@live.com ...thank you Bill
William, I am sure this is hard on you but then you should hear the stories of others, ones with life or even a few who are on death row who are not guilty of the crime convicted of. Your story is like one I read yesterday in a letter to us - he was with someone, a friend, and this other person shot and killed someone. He didn't know this was about to happen, but he got life in prison for murder.
Beth Michael

Hickory, NC

#30 Jan 13, 2011
Jason wrote:
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Beth,
I know how you feel as I am from Missouri, or as my friend calls it Misery. He wrote a book called "Misery Injustice", and in it he outlines the travesties of justice he has been through. Now mind you, he was in Law School in Massachusetts when he was maliciously charged with tampering from a local prosecutor. Different legal people around here told him that the prosecutor could not let him get a law degree because if he did, then Wolf would be unstoppable. He is the one that wrote Misery injustice. He also assists others who have been maliciously charged or convicted and is currently trying to get someone out of prison who has served 21 years for 2d degree murder. He came to me with the physical evidence he had and I agreed with him. The bullet would have to made a 90 degree turn to go through the girlfriends neck, and end up in his arm, traveling down the mans arm. You would have to see the xrays of the arm, and the other evidence. I am truely surprised that the jury was not smart enough to know the physics of energy or travel of an object. Anyway, he is in prison and cannot get parole even though the evidence shows he could not have possible had the gun, which allegedly according to GSR report was fired from a distance of 10-12 feet. The guy had his arm around his girlfriend, and therefore could not have been that far away either, but the prosecution didn't care, and maybe it wasn't even put before the jury. I really do not know. Anyway, good luck in your case and endeavor for justice. Contact Wolf through his website, www.miseryinjustice.com and he might know something to try.
Thank you Jason!!!! Christopher was in St. Louis. I appreciate that web link, and I also e-mailed Mr. Wolfe. Christopher's web site is: www.christopherdunn.org
His address is: Christopher Dunn  181654
South Central Correctional Center
255 West Highway 32
Licking, MO 65542
Most of Christopher's evidence and the witnesses too were never put before the jury.
George Edmundson

United States

#31 Jan 13, 2011
I have always said any prosecutor, judge or policeman knowingly convicting an innocent person should get double what convicted victim got!
Kathryn Hamilton

Roseville, CA

#32 Jan 13, 2011
In the 1980s,I was employed as a young "guard" in a prison. We were trained to believe that all convicts claim their innocence - and that they are all lying. Years later, I came back to the same prison as a psychotherapist (masters level)in a SHU prison - maximum security, 23-hour-a-day lockdown.I witnessed horrors committed by the system, including deaths of inmates - expecially those without families.
I learned through this experience, and subsequent experiences with those targeted by law enforcement, that the plea agreement is the only shelter of the disenfranchised innocent. Public defenders are a joke! They work hand-in-hand with prosecuters - because their clients have no money. It is a racket.
What I have witnessed in a state in the United States makes Guantanamo Bay appear no worse than what goes on here. The state I live in is likely far from the worst.
yvonne durham

Rochester, PA

#33 Jan 13, 2011
Thank you, Mr. & Mrs Petro for the courage to write the book and for the seeing the flaws in the system that others just ignore.
Justice Not Injustice

Cambridge, OH

#34 Jan 19, 2011
Thank you, Dispatch, for this important information about the Petro’s dedication to fighting for the wrongly convicted; and also your efforts with your “Test of Convictions” in conjunction with the Innocence Project that worked to free wrongly convicted and imprisoned people. Someone needs to, because our justice system is upside down. We are no longer innocent until proven guilty, but instead guilty until proven innocent.
Many of you (mainly men) need to educate yourself about “(Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) and False Allegation in Divorce (SAID’S). Dr. Charles Ford, a psychiatrist and author of the book Lies, Lies, Lies: The Psychology of Deceit (American Psychiatric Press, 1999) refers to a phenomenon known as "Pseudologia Fantastica," or pathological lying. Sometimes associated with Borderline Personality Disorder and a symptom of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy or Factitious Disorder, these fantastic liars, who are not the same as delusional psychotics, according to Dr. Ford, about 1/3 of the time will suffer some form of brain dysfunction. He says that "Such liars are often smooth-talking narcissists, so self-centered they often think they can construct a reality. In many instances, the lying gets worse as the liar gets more power."
This scenario has become very prevalent because women have learned how to use the system, especially in custody cases. This could be you if you’re not careful and aware of its consequences. Recent research indicates that most unfounded claims of sexual child abuse are fostered by "mistaken" accusers. Hickman & Reynolds in their paper entitled "Effects of False Allegations of Sexual Abuse on Children and Families," believe delusional accusers, usually mothers, may suffer from a mental health condition such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and they will shop for an expert to confirm their child has been abused, and will not take NO for an answer! Same accusers use the psychological phenomena of projection and transference to convince the "abused" child ... Daddy touched you in bad places! This is why innocent men are in prison, and the reason we need more people dedicated to fighting for justice – like the Petro’s.
If someone made false allegations about you, wouldn’t you be thankful there were people seeking justice for all.
It’s been said "An Injustice to One Man, Woman or Child Threatens Justice to All People Equally".
Donald Robinson

Hendersonville, NC

#35 Jan 27, 2011
I am one of those who was wrongfully convicted and today I am trying to fight to clear my name and expunge such conviction(s) from my record. in 1991 I was trying to break up a fight between 2 white guys and i was arrested and charged with a felony assault and battery & a Felony residential entry in Evansville, IN. The arresting detective got information that supports my statement and he stated that he would do anything that he could to clear the charges from me and in 1992 i was told to take a plea bargain or go to prison by my court appointed attorney which felt that he did not want to have anything to do with the case so to keep from going to prison I took the plea bargain and got convicted with the felony Residential Entry but due to an appeal the conviction was overturned and all the charges was dismissed which this took place in 1992 and now since it has been several years no attorney wants to help me expunge such record from my criminal history.
The court appointed attorney had alot of paid cases that he did not have any interest in my case so he wanted to get my case over and he did not want to figth for my innocents, the reason the conviction was over turned is because i lived at the residents where the charge generated and also I was only been a concerned citizen who was breaking up the fight between the two because one was trying to kill the other one.
ms antdeb

United States

#36 Feb 28, 2011
will you kindly look into a case involving an infant being hurt and accusation going towards a parent with no background of domestic violence of other infant?. also this case concerns all parties of and family members of the infants whose sister was removed for domestic violence history reasons and parent who had previous baby removed has not privilege of being alone with current infants but is interfering with visits, loving care and time to bond with babies while other parent is in jail looked at as the guilty party of causing harm. PLEASE LOOK INTO THIS FOR A FAMILY WHO HASNOT EXPERIENCED THE HOW TO IN THIS TYPE CASE. I READ that you have insight into the fact that many are accused falsley and who can help?.
mike

Sylvania, OH

#37 Mar 17, 2011
Mr. Petro is part of the problem, and not the solution.

Ole Jimbo is aware that Erie County Prosecutor, Kevin Baxter has repeatedly falsified evidence against numerous people in Erie County and he stood by and did nothing, but aid and abet him in the commission of his crimes.

Shame on you Jim!
Bill

Perrysburg, OH

#38 Apr 1, 2011
The problem with these guys is there is no accountability.

For example, The Erie County Prosecutor, has been accused of having a non-consensual sexual relationship with a key witness in a murder trial along with other serious crimes and yet he's still permitted to practice law.

Oh, Jim Petro knows all about because he helped provide a protective cover for him while he was Attorney General.
ROB TWO-HAWKS

Youngstown, OH

#40 May 15, 2011
As Thomas Jefferson so well said...

''ONE PERSON WITH COURAGE IS A MAJORITY.''

Thanks to the Petro's for their Courage and Conviction here!

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