PLEASE TAKE 5 MINUTES, USE THE LETTERS BELOW OR WRITE ONE OF YOUR OWN, AND MAIL TODAY. WE HAVE TO GET GEORGE HOME!!
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
I would like to tell you about one of the thousands who is currently serving life without the possibility of parole, for a non-violent, first time offence. His name is Mr. George Martorano, registrant # 12973-004. George is one of, if not America’s longest serving (31 years) non-violent, first time offender,sentenced to Life without Parole for marijuana trafficking.
George has a perfect record with no incident reports in 31 years. George is a victim of the draconian and unjust “Minimum Mandatory Sentencing Law”.I repeat your words … If they had been sentenced under the current law, many of them would have already served their time and paid their debt to society. Instead, because of a disparity in the law that is now recognized as unjust, they remain in prison, separated from their families and their communities, at a cost of millions of taxpayer dollars each year.
I understand that you were speaking directly about the crack-cocaine sentencing laws; however, I see no difference for those convicted of marijuana offences. In fact; I personally believe that marijuana is a far less dangerous drug than crack-cocaine. George can indeed be the “poster boy” against Mandatory Minimums as he has completely rehabilitated himself and is giving back by teaching a Creative Writing Class as well as a “Re-entry Class”. Some of the curriculum used for the Re-entry class was written by George himself.
George has never said he was innocent, only that his sentence was unjust. How is that murderers, rapists, child killers and child molesters are given much lesser sentences and almost all of these are parole eligible offences?George appealed his sentenced and was turned down 39 times in 31 years. His case was considered by The Pardon Attorney’s office and denied.We do not put any trust in that office as it is the very office who miss-handled & miss-represented Clarence Aaron’s case.
I am appealing to you, Mr. President, as America’s highest elected official to please look into George’s case. The entire staff at Coleman Medium Security believes that there is absolutely no purpose in keeping George incarcerated any longer & they have expressed that to him many times. I was encouraged by your very words quoted above with regard to these very unjust sentences that were served during our nations over-zealous and failed “War on drugs” and I do not think it matters what the drug is.
Let’s give LWOP sentences to people who commit the most heinous acts and take a life or take the innocence from a child. I think all would support that. You have the opportunity to right a backward justice system with common sense and fair sentences that match the crime committed.
I thank you very much for your time and attention in this matter.
Very respectfully yours,
This one is for the NEW Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff and Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The address is...
Office of the Pardon Attorney
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
Federal Inmate 12973-004 George Martorano; one of, if not the longest serving non-violent offender in the Unites States.
George is serving his 31st year of a “life without parole” sentence for marijuana trafficking. George pled guilty at the advice of his then legal counsel. The prosecutor was asking for 40 to 52 months. Judge John B. Hannum of the 3rd district eastern division sentenced George to Life without the Possibility of Parole!
This was a first offense as George never even had a parking ticket prior to his arrest. This was also a non-violent offense.
George now 62 years old has exhausted all his appeals and has been denied a re-sentencing hearing 32 times. Unfortunately, this is due to the fact that the court is not looking at George’s stellar prison record with zero incidence reports, instead the courts are arguing the letter of the law. Unfortunately, George is a victim of the so called “war on drugs”, which we all know to be a dismal failure.
As a member of “The Free George Martorano Justice Campaign”, I have watched the developments in George’s case very closely and I do not understand why he should not be granted relief. He has certainly paid for his crime. They say that prison does not rehabilitate anyone; however, this certainly is not the case with George. As a matter of a fact, George could be “the poster boy” for the fight against Mandatory Minimum sentencing. George was recently asked by The Bureau of Prisons to teach a re-entry class to inmates that are ready to be released and the main subject of this class is “How to successfully transition from prison life to street life”, this by someone who will die in prison if not granted a pardon! George authored a booklet for this class titled, The Shot Caller. The Shot Caller is a “How To Guide” and list many businesses that can be started with $1000.00 dollars.
I believe George’s case has come to your attention with regard to the July 25, 2011; incident while onboard a con-air transport airplane. George performed an act of heroism that averted a disaster in the air with the possible loss of life of those on board the aircraft as well as innocent people on the ground. This incident was investigated by the FBI & the Federal Bureau of Prisons. George received an incident report from D.C. DeCamilla, SIS Lieutant, who called George’s act of heroism “extraordinary”.
The Warden & Assistant Warden at Coleman Correctional Center as well as numerous staff members have recently written letters on George’s behalf. They agree that George should be granted a Commutation Of Sentence. These are the people closet to George and know him, his character and the minute details of his case.
You have been bestowed the power by the people and government of the great United States to review and calculate sentences. If there is anything that you can do to help George, I beg that you please do so!
Justice must be tempered with mercy. Please show mercy to George, when evaluating his case!
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
This is a website designed to bring exposure, hope, and relief to federal inmate GEORGE MARTORANO. George has spent 31+ 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 been declining, the incarceration rate keeps soaring-why?? because of Sentencing
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
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
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.
George Martorano waits. While he waits, he continues to do what he does best - "HELP PEOPLE". Above is the newest of George's ideas (tools) to help inmates returning to society. "THE SHOTCALLER". We are hoping the FBOP and other outside reentry centers will take an interest in the booklet as it WILL help with reducing recidivism.
George is either teaching, mentoring, learning, or writing. He has spent 29+ years "caged". We can only hope and pray that the judge looks not only at the 29+ 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 was guilty of his crimes, ALL NON-VIOLENT 1ST TIME OFFENSES. To be given a LWOP no hope sentence, with no consideration for any kind of rehabilitation is not humane. Regardless, George has maintained hope, and exhibited how self rehabilitation can take place.
If there is an ounce of justice left in this country, George will get relief from this "draconian" sentence and be released soon.
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!!!
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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