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Advanced DNA Testing Sought in Effort to Clear Johnnie Lee Savory of 35-Year-Old Peoria MurdersJohnnie Lee Savory (Photo: Center on Wrongful Convictions)PEORIA, Illinois (Nov. 14, 2012) - Center on Wrongful Convictions lawyers filed an expansive motion in the Circuit Court of Peoria County requesting advanced DNA testing that they contend can prove that Johnnie Lee Savory did not commit a 1977 double murder for which he spent more than two-thirds of his life behind bars—from age 14 to age 44—before he was released on parole in 2006.Savory has sought DNA testing since 1998, but Peoria County prosecutors opposed it and the courts denied it on the ground that the requested testing could not yield a result relevant to his claim of actual innocence. Now, however, the technology has advanced to a point where it could be used on previously untestable evidence that has the potential to yield, to quote the CWC motion, “practically irrefutable evidence of Savory’s innocence.”Savory was twice convicted of the murders of siblings James Robinson Jr., 14, and Connie Cooper, 19, who were found stabbed to death in their Peoria home on January 18, 1977. The first conviction rested almost entirely on an alleged confession that the Illinois Appellate Court threw out in 1980 on the ground that the confession had been involuntary.In the face of the Appellate Court’s holding, then-Peoria County State’s Attorney John Barra was quoted by the Peoria Journal Star as saying that without the confession “there is no substantial evidence to tie Savory to the crime or the scene of the crime [and] I don’t know how it would be possible to try him without it.”Barra soon changed his mind, however, deciding to try the case again based on statements attributed to Savory by three of his acquaintances—siblings Ella, Frankie, and Tina Ivy. The Ivys claimed that Savory had made statements to them indicating that he had committed the murders. The retrial was moved to Lake County, where Savory was convicted in 1981. Since then, the Ivy siblings have on various occasions recanted their testimony. Moreover, at a hearing following the second trial, one of the original prosecutors—Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Gibson—testified that prosecutors had chosen not to present the Ivys’ testimony in 1977 because it was “too shaky.”The only evidence other than the illegally obtained confession and the Ivys’ testimony was inconclusive. It included the alleged murder weapon—a knife found in Savory’s possession bearing then-untestable trace amounts of blood; a pair of bloodstained pants several sizes too large for Savory seized from his home; and several hairs found at the murder scene said to microscopically resemble Savory’s hair.In 1998, shortly after the Illinois General Assembly enacted a law giving convicted defendants the right to test physical evidence relevant to claims of actual innocence, Savory’s then-lawyers filed a motion for DNA testing of the bloodstained pants. The blood was of a type shared by Savory, the victims, and, importantly, Savory’s father, Y.T. Savory, who had suffered an injury consistent with the positioning of the blood and who had testified he used the knife to undo the stitches.The then-attorneys attempted to supplement the motion with a request to test fingernail scrapings from Connie Cooper. The scrapings previously had been thought to be of no evidentiary value. That request was rejected by the Peoria County Circuit Court, and the testing of the pants ultimately was denied by the Illinois Supreme Court, which held that the bloodstain was only “a minor part of the State’s evidence.”Since then, however, advances in DNA technology have made testing of the knife, the hairs, and the fingernail scrapings possible, according to the CWC motion, which contends that, if the testing of those items revealed a common DNA profile that was not Savory’s, the “redundant hits” would be “practically irrefutable evidence of Savory’s innocence and of another man’s guilt.”Two friend-of-the-court briefs were filed in support of the CWC motion—one prepared by lawyers from the law firm of Sidley Austin on behalf of leading Illinois lawyers—including former Governor James R. Thompson, former U.S. Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III, and former U.S. Attorneys Thomas P. Sullivan and Dan K. Webb—and one prepared by lawyers from the law firm of Baker & McKenzie on behalf of men who have been exonerated by DNA testing in Illinois. Center on Wrongful Convictions DNA MotionSidley Austin Lawyer Amicus BriefBaker & McKenzie Exonerees Amicus Brief

We hope to collect 11 thousand signatures, approximately one signature for each day Johnnie was unjustly incarcerated, to persuade Governor Quinn to.www.ipetitions.com/petition/dnaforsavory/
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Davontae Sanford - National Registry of Exonerations #Exonerate #WrongfullyConvicted

Davontae Sanford - National Registry of Exonerations #Exonerate #WrongfullyConvicted | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
We welcome new information from any source about the exonerations that are already on our list and about new cases that might be exonerations. And we will be… LAW.UMICH.EDU
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Protestors rally to release Alabama prison activists from solitary confinement

Protestors rally to release Alabama prison activists from solitary confinement | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Both men are members of the Free Alabama Movement, a network of incarcerated people who organized a nationwide strike last September to rally against modern-day slavery within the prison system.
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Forget ‘Club Fed’: Inside Canada’s aging, segregated prisons

Forget ‘Club Fed’: Inside Canada’s aging, segregated prisons | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Howard Sapers speaks out on solitary confinement, aging prisoners, and lacklustre prison food.
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Two years after Prop 47, addicts walk free with nowhere to go

In 2014, California voters freed about 13,500 low-level offenders from crowded prisons and jails. But many ex-inmates have traded incarceration for a cycle of homelessness, drug abuse and petty crime.
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**URGENT** CALL NOW, CALL CONSTANTLY FOR KINETIK!!

Call Limestone Prison Warden Christopher Gordy 256-233-4600 Call Commissioner Jeff Dunn & Ass Comm Grant Culliver 334-353-3883 webmaster@doc.alabama.gov Call Gov Robert Bentley 334-242-7100 Call Department of Justice 205-244-2001ussaln. civilrights@usdoj.gov Say this, "I am calling to demand that you release Robert Early Council from solitary confinement and move him out of Limestone Correctional Facility immediately. He was brutally beaten on December 2nd and continues to fear for his life." Read about Kinetik's work here http://freealabamamovement.com/ **Attention Confined Citizen Alert** Last Friday December 2, 2016 Free Alabama Movement Robert Earl Council "Kinetik Justice" was brutally attacked, while handcuffed, by two officers Dozier and Shoulders at Limestone Correctional Facility while being escorted to the shower. He was pushed to the floor by one officer and was physically attacked while handcuffed on the floor. Afterwards the second officer pulled the first officer off and sprayed Kinetik Justice with mace and returned him to his cell. It is not known as of this date if medical treatment was administered for his injuries. These type of attacks are a violation of Prisoner Rights according to the 8th Amendment under Cruel and Unusual Punishment.
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Twitter Storm for Jalil Muntaqim Wed., Dec 14, 2016

Twitter Storm for Jalil Muntaqim Wed., Dec 14, 2016 | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
In addition to appealing this latest parole denial, Jalil has also submitted a request to Governor Cuomo for commutation of sentence to time served. Tweet the following message to Governor Cuomo: @NYGovCuomo I add my voice to demand: Commutation of sentence for Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283 NOW! #clemency4jalil Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members, classmates or union members, to support this campaign! United our voices can make freedom happen! If you don’t tweet, call the governor at: 1-518-474-8390 or write the governor at: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 Since Jalil is on some kind of mailwatch, he needs to receive as many letters and cards as possible. Write to Jalil: Anthony Jalil Bottom #77A4283 Attica Correctional Facility P.O. Box 149 Attica, New York 14011-0149
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Lets spread the love on this hoilday and send a christmas card to Cyntoia Brown

Lets spread the love on this hoilday and send a christmas card to Cyntoia Brown | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Lets spread the love on this hoilday and send a christmas card to Cyntoia Brown and some xmas joy Cyntoia’s Address and JPAY Information Ms Cyntoia D. Brown #410593
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The list of organisations that will be allowed to view your entire internet history

The list of organisations that will be allowed to view your entire internet history | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Organisations including the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions will be able to see UK citizens’ entire internet browsing history within weeks.
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Recorded Murders in Chicago Reaches New Level

On Thursday police said that murders in Chicago, Illinois have already topped 700 for 2016, giving the third largest U.S. city its highest rate in nearly two decades. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 77 murders in the month of November, bringing the number of murders this year to 701. According to data from the respective police forces, the number of murders in Chicago exceeds those in Los Angeles and New York combined, despite the fact that both of their populations greatly outnumber the windy city's. http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/d... http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
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15-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Allegedly Abusive Father Won't Face Life Sentence #FreeBresha

15-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Allegedly Abusive Father Won't Face Life Sentence #FreeBresha | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Bresha Meadows' family applauded the decision to keep her case in juvenile court.
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'Real risk of self-harm and suicide' – fears over holding young offenders in solitary confinement

'Real risk of self-harm and suicide' – fears over holding young offenders in solitary confinement | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The Children's Commissioner criticises holding youths in police cells.
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Senior lawyers, politicians slam third-strike sentence

Senior lawyers, politicians slam third-strike sentence | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
The seven-year prison sentence handed to a man who pinched a prison guard's bottom is being slammed as barbaric, grotesque and unjust.
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Protesters stage sit-in over administrative detention of 2 hunger-striking prisoners

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A sit-in protest was organized Friday morning in solidarity with two Palestinian prisoners from the Qalandiya refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank, just as the prisoners’ administrative detention orders were confirmed by Jerusalem’s central court.
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Protestors rally to release Alabama prison activists from solitary confinement

Protestors rally to release Alabama prison activists from solitary confinement | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Both men are members of the Free Alabama Movement, a network of incarcerated people who organized a nationwide strike last September to rally against modern-day slavery within the prison system.
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CT Lawmakers, Public to See Solitary Confinement Firsthand

CT Lawmakers, Public to See Solitary Confinement Firsthand | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isolation is considered a form of torture.
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A Great Read: “Soldier of Truth, The Trials of Rev. Edward Pinkney”

A Great Read: “Soldier of Truth, The Trials of Rev. Edward Pinkney” | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: Phillip A. Bassett‘s new book, Soldier of Truth, is about the author’s eyewitness account of the persecution of Rev. Edward Pinkney for his leadership in a fight against the takeover of a town by a corporate giant. Purchase the book on amazon.com.
We encourage reproduction of this article so long as you credit the source. Copyright © 2016 People's Tribune. Visit us at http://peoplestribune.org
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URGENT MEDICAL CAMPAIGN FOR PP ROBERT SETH HAYES CONTINUES

URGENT MEDICAL CAMPAIGN FOR PP ROBERT SETH HAYES CONTINUES | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Political Prisoner Seth Hayes Needs Us Again! PLEASE CALL, WRITE AND FAX MON. THRU FRI., DEC 12 THRU 16! Seth has been suffering from uncontrolled diabetes for over 15 years now. His sugars go up to the 400’s, then down so low he falls into a diabetic coma. He has had 3 such code blue diabetic comas in the past 2 months. Each diabetic coma he goes into could end in death if not noticed and treated right away. We are asking that Seth be given an insulin pump/sugar monitor immediately to avert these near fatal incidents. He was seen by an outside Endocrinologist in early October. The endocrinologist recommended he be issued the device. The NYS DOCCS is aware of the situation and is moving in the right direction but it is not fast enough; we cannot afford to have another incident of low sugar. Here is the grievance Seth wrote due to the long delay in approval of the insulin pump/sugar monitor:
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Wrongfully convicted would get compensation for time served under new bill

House of Reps gives final passage to bill that gives $50,000 a year to exonerated individuals for time served in prison
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Dec 9th for Our Voice of the Voiceless #MumiaAbu-Jamal

Dec 9th for Our Voice of the Voiceless #MumiaAbu-Jamal | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Activists and supporters worldwide mark December 9 on our calendars every year as the anniversary of the state’s 1981 attempted assassination of Mumia Abu-Jamal on the streets of Philadelphia, but this year is different. Mumia faces deteriorating health with his untreated hepatitis C infection and a further risk from the black, oily water being piped into SCI Mahanoy — unfit to drink, unfit to bathe in. Prisoners are given three small cups of water at each meal and no clean water to bathe in. These tactics amount to “death by neglect.”
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Slum Britain: 50 Years On | Tuesday 10pm | Channel 5

This landmark documentary marks the 50th anniversary of the charity Shelter with a compelling and emotional insight into the impact of homelessness on families and individuals over the past half-century.
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Death at Chino women’s prison highlights concern over suicide, mental health services

via CCWP Below are links to two articles regarding the most recent, highly disturbing suicide at CIW. Please note that CCWP thinks it is important to circulate these articles even though reporters have included details about conviction history as well as other descriptions that CCWP does not consider relevant to the fact that once again a woman has died at CIW as a result of the state's racist violence and neglect. http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20161130/inmate-death-at-chino-womens-prison-highlights-concern-over-suicide-mental-health-services Inmate death at Chino women’s prison highlights concern over suicide, mental health services By Beatriz Valenzuela, San Bernardino Sun Posted: 11/30/16 CHINO A San Pedro woman who pleaded no contest to fatally stabbing her 10-year-old daughter was found dead in the California Institution for Women, and inmate activists who say Bong Sook Chavez committed suicide are questioning why the woman didn’t receive the help she needed.
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Bobby Sands’ historic hunger strike gets a thorough, thoughtful documentary

Bobby Sands’ historic hunger strike gets a thorough, thoughtful documentary | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it

While 66 Days’ sympathies clearly lie with Sands, director Brendan J. Byrne maintains enough intellectual remove to avoid making this a story of good and evil.
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Bungie's Destiny Weekly Reset November 29: Nightfall Strike, Prison of Elder Changes

Bungie's Destiny Weekly Reset November 29: Nightfall Strike, Prison of Elder Changes | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Another Tuesday means another weekly server reset
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When it comes to the Pam Smart case, too much is not enough

When it comes to the Pam Smart case, too much is not enough | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
I rolled my eyes when told to follow up on a recent magazine series about Pam Smart.Nothing to see here, I figured. Old news, from a story no one wanted to talk about anymore.I was wrong.Colorful Concord defense attorney Mark Sisti, who defende
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Facing questions, NC moves inmate from solitary. He’d been there 13 years.

Facing questions, NC moves inmate from solitary. He’d been there 13 years. | SocialAction2014 | Scoop.it
Solitary confinement: After 13 years in solitary, North Carolina inmate Shawn Minnich is moved to a less restrictive prison unit at Central Prison in Raleigh.
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