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President Bush's Second Chance Act
Since the time of Martin Luther King Jr. up to President Obama's election there has been efforts to give inmates a second chance at having a life without the stigma of being in prison.
Below are Inmates who will benefit from President Bush's 2nd Chance Act whom we are supporting and their story.
L. C. Weeks - Mississippi
L C. Weeks, Jr. (# 29909) - M.C.F.F. - 833 West Street - Hollysprings, MS 38634
of an Innocent Man -- The L. C. Weeks Story
System in the State of Mississippi has denied Justice for an Innocent man
that is fighting for his freedom.
Mr. L. C. Weeks is an innocent
man charged with the offense of Capital Murder. He was framed by a state informant, Juantray
Bradford. Mr. Bradford testified that he
was told by Mr. Weeks the events that led to the murder. Also, a convicted sheriff was employed to
assist in the framing of Mr. Weeks as well.
A Sheriff of Humphreys County, Mississippi stated that Mr. Weeks told
him about the crime in the county jail when they both were there. Since Mr. Weeks’s conviction witnesses now
began to recant their testimony. No
physical evidence has been presented that links Mr. Weeks to the murder. He has a conviction based on no physical
evidence and no eye witnesses. The
Mississippi Judicial system has failed to establish his guilt beyond a
L. C. Weeks, Jr. was arrested in
1997 for murder that roiled the tiny Mississippi town of Belzoni. He was convicted and sentenced to life in
prison for the alleged crime. Since his
conviction evidence has been presented that shows that Mr. Weeks was actual
innocent of the crime. There is no
physical evidence that has been presented that links Mr. Weeks to the
murder. Mr. Weeks contends that it is
clear now that the doubt plaguing his case can never be adequately
addressed. The lace of scientific or
relevant physical evidence has made it impossible to resolve with any degree of
certainty. The inability of the courts
to resolve these uncertainties has shaken public confidence in the Judicial
System and under such a cloud of doubt would do nothing but further undermine
that confidence. Public faith in the
integrity of Justice in Mississippi is at stake and it is for this reason that
a retrial be granted to Mr. Weeks.
There’s a conviction based on no
DNA evidence, no physical evidence and no eye witnesses. The Mississippi Judicial system has failed to
establish Mr. Week’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Under the Circumstances has been an appalling
miscarriage of justice. Mr. Weeks has
become a symbol for every one of us. He
is a symbol of struggle and hope. Mr.
Weeks has spent too many years in those dark chambers of death. Without the voices of any civil right
leadership and the masses across the nation pointing out the injustice that has
occurred this incident has been swept under the rug. This is getting more and more outrageous
because we the people have not stood up like we should, uncompromisingly, and
refused to accept it. Someone is being
snatched up right now, just like that.
You or someone else could be charged for something that you do not know
anything about and with no opportunity to gain access to information. Supporters around the community maintain Mr.
Weeks innocence insisting that he was framed by an informant that wanted a
lighter sentence and law enforcement that worked with the sheriff that was convicted
for fraud to help convict Mr. Weeks. On
top of that attorneys have maintained that Mr. Weeks was victimized by a rigged
racist legal system which unfairly manipulated evidence, excluded blacks from
the jury and coerced witnesses to testify falsely against Mr. Weeks.
Following a number of court appeals
which went all the way to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Weeks now remains imprisoned for life without the possibility of
parole. Mr. Weeks is asking for a full
measure of justice, that he has in common with all mankind and is entitled to
receive, comes before this nation that so rightly and justly weights in the
balance of justice the merits of every man's case and asks that the same rule,
law and yardstick used in all other cases be applied to all the facts,
circumstances and conditions surrounding this case that now wraps him in the
mantle of life without the possibility of parole.
Mr. Weeks wishes for nothing more
than what he should receive and nothing less, the right to a review of his case
and the horrible tragedy perpetrated on him in the name of the justice. Law is fundamental, sacred and holy, false
testimony, confessed false testimony; knowingly giving false testimony has
consigned Mr. Weeks to his untimely doom.
We as a community can reach no other conclusion and for this judgment to
be permitted to stand would constitute one of the most outstanding judicial
mistakes of all times. It seems that
what has now been developed Mr. Weeks is being ordered to the gallows out of
respect to technical rules and that the merits have been subverted instead of
being held aloft and that such a result is not only an injustice but is hurtful
to the law and detrimental to that high regard in which it should be held.
Herbert Spence - Delaware
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