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FREE GEORGE MARTORANO Read some of George's latest writings and letters - creative to say the least - why let this talent be "caged" any longer
I just learned that the SUPREME COURT has DENIED George's latest writ filed by the best attorney's in the world, Roy Black and Marcia Silvers. I find it hard to believe that they EVEN LOOKED at it. WHAT DO THEY WANT FROM GEORGE???? 30 years served for BULLSHIT TRUMPED UP ORCHESTRATED non-violent 1st time drug offenses is not enough?? I have bit my tongue for 10 years working with George and his case.... NO MORE, THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT is what it is, BULLSHIT. They let KILLERS, CHILD MOLESTERS, WIFE BEATERS and OTHER VIOLENT CRIMINALS OUT while they keep George caged??? IT'S TOTAL BULLSHIT AND I AM SICK OFF IT.
This is a website designed to bring exposure, hope, and relief to federal inmate GEORGE MARTORANO. George has spent 29+ years of his LIFE NO PAROLE sentence in federal prison for NON-VIOLENT drug crimes. George is ONE of, if not the LONGEST SERVING NON-VIOLENT 1st TIME OFFENDERS in the WORLD to date. George, despite his sentence, has mantained hope that he will someday receive the "SECOND CHANCE" he has earned, and so deserves. While we advocate for George Martorano's freedom, we also speak for the thousands and thousands of others within the walls that have also received harsh unjust sentences. Change is needed. Sentencing has FILLED our prison system beyond capacity. While the crime rate has actually fallin, the incarceration rate keeps soaring-why?? because of Sentencing
For daily UPDATES go to FACEBOOK SITE ... Free George Martorano Justice Campaign
Remember we said George committed a "heroic act"? Well, now the FBOP knows and recognizes it. Hopefully they will they will do the right thing and RELEASE HIM NOW
(June 25th)We are currently awaiting the decision from the appeals hearing on May 17th. I will put out info as I get it. Keep the prayers and hope. In the mean time, write a letter to the Justice Department stating why you think George deserves a "second chance". It's pretty easy, just tell them "29+ years for crimes that KILLED no-one is enough"
CHECK THIS OUT AND PASS LONG... go to this link and check out what George has asked the public to help with...issuu.com/phillycp/docs/pdf_2_23/12
this is an ad George asked to have in the Philadelphia City Paper, its to the right hand side on page 13
THERE IS HOPE WHEN PEOPLE CARE
Well, low and behold - the appeals court has granted oral argument - and even before our reply brief is do on March 5th- here in the 4th world ,prison, we take it as somewhat a fair sign -- so to all and all - be so kind and think of me in thy prayers--- as always; strong as I can be; especially for all of thee -- this writer from the 4th world
WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!
Get Involved!!!! The "Drug War" is a failure, the sentencing courts are failures, the federal prison system is a failure. Someone explain to me why our government tells us CRIME is down, yet our prisons are bursting at the seams. I see it as SYSTEM FAILURE and will keep this belief till someone SHOWS me different... oh yeah, did I mention that there are alternatives to incarceration that work but are not used? Why, because it's an industry... THE PRISON INDUSTRY. It is fact that if you over "punish" someone for something, you have defeated the purpose of the punishment.
At George's sentencing, the late Judge Hannum, gave George LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. Thanks to some digging and scraping by George's friend Mark, we found the following. No where is it mentioned that the MAXIMUM is LIFE W/O PAROLE. It states that LIFE is the max. Read it for yourself, and forward to those you think might be willing, and able to help exploit this and get George the relief he SO SO deserves. Oh Yeah, George has spent 28+ years caged with "NO SHOTS" (violations) in his file. I don't believe there is one FBOP staff member with 10 years on the job that can make that statement. Thank you !!
§ 848. Continuing criminal enterprise
(a) Penalties; forfeitures
Any person who engages in a continuing criminal enterprise shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment which may not be less than 20 years and which may be up to life imprisonment, to a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with the provisions of title 18 or $2,000,000 if the defendant is an individual or $5,000,000 if the defendant is other than an individual, and to the forfeiture prescribed in section 853 of this title; except that if any person engages in such activity after one or more prior convictions of him under this section have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment which may not be less than 30 years and which may be up to life imprisonment, to a fine not to exceed the greater of twice the amount authorized in accordance with the provisions of title 18 or $4,000,000 if the defendant is an individual or $10,000,000 if the defendant is other than an individual, and to the forfeiture prescribed in section 853 of this title.
(b) Life imprisonment for engaging in continuing criminal enterprise
Any person who engages in a continuing criminal enterprise shall be imprisoned for life and fined in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, if—
(1) such person is the principal administrator, organizer, or leader of the enterprise or is one of several such principal administrators, organizers, or leaders; and
(A) the violation referred to in subsection (c)(1) of this section involved at least 300 times the quantity of a substance described in subsection 841(b)(1)(B) of this title, or
(B) the enterprise, or any other enterprise in which the defendant was the principal or one of several principal administrators, organizers, or leaders, received $10 million dollars in gross receipts during any twelve-month period of its existence for the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a substance described in section 841 (b)(1)(B) of this title.
(c) “Continuing criminal enterprise” defined
For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, a person is engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise if—
(1) he violates any provision of this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter the punishment for which is a felony, and
(2) such violation is a part of a continuing series of violations of this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter—
(A) which are undertaken by such person in concert with five or more other persons with respect to whom such person occupies a position of organizer, a supervisory position, or any other position of management, and
(B) from which such person obtains substantial income or resources.
(d) Suspension of sentence and probation prohibited
In the case of any sentence imposed under this section, imposition or execution of such sentence shall not be suspended, probation shall not be granted, and the Act of July 15, 1932 (D.C. Code, secs. 24–203—24–207), shall not apply.
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George Martorano waits. While he waits, he continues to do what he does best - "HELP PEOPLE" - He is either teaching, mentoring, learning, or writing. He has spent 28 years "caged". We can only hope and pray that the judge looks not only at the 28 years he has served, and the "LAW" that states his sentence is illegal when considering his latest motion, but also at all he has accomplished while "caged". The Supreme Court just said yesterday, that rehabilitation should be considered with/when sentencing. George is guilty of his crimes, ALL NON-VIOLENT 1ST TIME OFFENSES, he plead guilty. To be given a LWOP no hope sentence, with no consideration for any kind of rehabilitation exhibited, is just not what I would call "justice"
If there is an ounce of justice left in this country, George will get relief from this "draconian" sentence and be released soon.
Between all The Law and a little Compassion, GEORGE WILL BE FREED
George was in court on January 19th. His team of attorneys, Roy Black, Marcia Silvers, and Theodore Simon by his side, argued that George's sentence is illegal. After hearing "oral arguments" from both side, the Honorable Judge Pratter, gave both sides 3 weeks to produce proof of what they "argued". The Judge will then decide within 30 days as to whether George will be re-sentenced legally. With all of George's accomplishments while caged for the past 28 years, his teaching, his writings, and his desire, if ever free to detour others from being lured into the drug world and have to experience what he has endured, are all reasons that we here, at the WEBELIEVEGROUP believe George should be re-sentenced, to no more than a sentence of "TIME SERVED"
Before you exit this site thinking it has nothing to do with YOU, think about this, if you are paying federal taxes, a portion of that tax money goes towards the warehousing of over 180,000 federal inmates ($20,000 to $80,000 per year, per inmate)- While we will agree that some criminals do belong there, there are many many others like GEORGE MARTORANO, who are ready to come home and should, but they are stuck in these over CROWDED prisons with draconian sentences, using up those taxdollars. Taxdollars that should be going to education, seniors, healthcare, veterans, ETC ETC ETC-- so think about it,IT DOES AFFECT YOU
The truth about George Martorano is that Federal Agents posed as his wholesale dealers and orchestrated a sting operation that took George from a "nickel & dime" pot dealer to what they called a "kingpin". The life sentence was meant to scare him into informing the Feds about his father, alleged mobster Raymond "LongJohn" Martorano. Unable to tell the Feds anything they already did'nt know, George was put into solitary confinement for four and one half years and was subjected to cruel punishments. They gave him notorious murderers for cellmates. For a crime that others serve a maximum of twenty years for, George got life no parole. Even the man who shot President Regan, and Noriega, one of the most infamous drug traffickers of all time, were granted the possibility of parole.
George has written over twenty novels and screenplays that depict life behind bars as well as how he grew up. He teaches Creative Writing and Yoga classes, and even counsels suicidal inmates. If prison is meant to rehabilitate, then George is the prime example and he undoubtedly deserves a modification of sentence.
Besides his books, George's only tool left is this web site, and We The People. Help us bring George home by reading his stories, writing President OBAMA, and signing our petition. Every word of encouragement is printed out, mailed to George, and will accompany him on his quest for justice. THANK YOU and enjoy our site!!!
Between The Prison Cries
I came into the cage at the age of 32, today, December 21, 2011, I am 61 years of age. I have been living the very human dam of an unnatural life. Blocked off from the very meaning of real love. Between and along the gray decades of high, hard, walls..... the cries of men are many, sounds of the very worst, few sounds of the very best..... Last night I made myself wait til the barren hour of midnight. My strange eyes locked upon the clocks dials. Whence, the unfeeling arms both reached directly up..... Suddenly, I felt the air ease from my lungs. And no, not even any kind of whisper from an Angel came, came low and calling down the cell block tier..... And all I could do was stand in the center of the cell's uncaring four walls as if a mad man. Just standing. Just stretching out weary arms as far as I could..... And opened up my hurting hands..... And, by God, I tried, believed, I could hold onto the night..... Hold it back, never bringing the dawn. For dawn only means..... each new day I die a bit more.....
I Subscribe myself: George Martorano
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