Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Joe Sullivan - EJI Petitions the US Supreme Court

Attorneys from Equal Justice Initiative have filed a petition in the US Supreme Court asking it to find that Joe Sullivan's sentence to die in prison for a crime that occurred when he was 13 years old is cruel and unusual punishment.

Joe Sullivan is one of only two 13-year-olds in the United States to be sentenced to die in prison for an offense in which no one was killed.
Both of these sentences were imposed in Florida, making Florida the only state in the country to have sentenced a 13-year-old to die in prison for a non-homicide.
A severely mentally disabled boy, Joe was blamed by an older boy for a sexual battery that was allegedly committed when they broke into a home together.
The older boy received a short sentence in juvenile detention, but Joe was tried as an adult, convicted of sexual battery, and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Only eight people in the country are sentenced to die in prison for any offense committed at age 13.
The lawyer who represented Joe in his one-day trial has since been suspended from the practice of law, and the biological evidence that could have exonerated Joe was destroyed in 1993.
The lawyer appointed to represent Joe on appeal informed the court that there were no issues in his case worth appealing.
Joe was unable to challenge his conviction and sentence earlier because he could not afford legal assistance.
Joe has spent 19 years in a Florida prison, where he has been assaulted and suffered deteriorating health.
He is now confined to a wheelchair.
EJI took on Joe's case as part of a national litigation project to challenge death-in-prison sentences imposed on young adolescents.
EJI petitioned the Florida state courts to strike down Joe's sentence, but the state courts dismissed Joe's case.
EJI attorneys are now asking the Supreme Court to review the case and decide that Joe's sentence to die in prison for a non-homicide at age 13 violates the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishments.

Ο Joe Sullivan, ήταν μόνο 13 ετών όταν με κάποιους μεγαλύτερους φίλους του έκλεψαν μιά γυναίκα στο σπίτι της και ο ένας την βίασε.
Τα πειστήρια καταστράφηκαν και δεν μπορεί να γίνει DNA test για να αποδειχθεί ότι δεν βίασε ο ανήλικος Joe την γυναίκα.
Το μοναδικό αποτύπωμα δικό του που βρέθηκε στο σπίτι, ήταν στο κάτω μέρος του στρώματος πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι αυτός τότε δεν μπορούσε ούτε να το αναποδογυρίσει.
Ο κατηγορηθείς ανήλικος τότε με εντολή του Δικαστή μέσα στο Δικαστήριο επανέλαβε τις λέξεις "It's been six months" που το θύμα είπε ότι τον άκουσε να λέει.
Το θύμα απάντησε στο Δικαστήριο "It's hard, but it does sound similar".
Με την απάντηση αυτή καταδικάστηκε ο ανήλικος στην Florida.

Μακάρι να υπήρχε και κάποιος οργανισμός στην Ελλάδα για να καταθέτει προσφυγές στα Δικαστήρια διότι σίγουρα υπάρχουν υποθέσεις που ζητούν επανεξέταση και αντίθετα από την Αμερική μαστίζεται από την συνήθη ατιμωρησία... και τις... Δικαστκές πλάνες...

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