In Support Of Alexander Pring Wilson sign now


Citizens Concerned for Alexander Pring-Wilson


DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 2004

To The Honorable Mitt Romney
Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Governor
The State House Room 360
Boston, MA 02133

Dear Governor Romney,

We, the people of the Commonwealth as well as other states, request that you intercede in the case of Commonwealth vs. Alexander Pring-Wilson. The undersigned state the following three reasons for supporting your ability to intercede.
1. Inadequate and misinformed jury deliberations: The first matter of concern, we the undersigned vehemently oppose the verdict of voluntary manslaughter handed down by the jury against the defendant. We believe that there is sufficient evidence the jury did not act within good conduct during their deliberations. The Constitution clearly states that all citizens are entitled to an impartial trial. In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the charges of first degree murder, second degree murder and all lesser included charges carry the responsibility of the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Not any doubt, but a reasonable doubt. We do not believe the jury upheld its obligation to render a fair and impartial verdict based on this burden. In proof of this we refer to comments made by the jury foreperson, Carol Neville, stating to the Boston Globe, that the jurors placed a photo of the victim on the chalkboard. We had him in our thoughts and in our minds all the way through." This Statement strongly shows favoritism and extreme bias at the onset of deliberations rendering this jury incapable of objectivity and potentially clouded their deliberations. The jurors hand book states,
The most important qualifications of a juror are fairness and impartiality. The juror must be led by intelligence, not by emotions. You must put aside all bias and prejudice. You must decide the facts and apply the law impartially. The juror must treat with equal fairness the rich and poor, the old and the young, men and women, corporations and individuals, government and citizens, and must render justice without any regard for race, color, or creed. Empasis added.
In addition, the jurors were not given written instructions at the on-set of their deliberations and had to ask for them. This indicates the jury was confused as to what they were to do with some or all of the evidence. This is confirmed by the Jury foreperson, Carol Nelvilles statement stating that until the Judge read and handed transcripts of her instructions, they were very confused about the guidelines. This subjected the jury to two days spent in confusion and may have caused confusion as to the defense claim of self-defense issue. In addition, the jury foreperson made additional comments that are of concern as to whether or not the deliberations were adequate and as directed by the laws and of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as provided to jury candidates in the handbook.

2. Safety of Alexander Pring-Wilson while in the custody of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been made aware that the defendant and his family have received threats before and during the trial on numerous occasions and are continuing as of this time. This has put the defendants mother in a state of unnecessary fear. Ms Cynthia Pring-Wilson, mother of Alexander has reported the following incidents to the authorities and no action has been taken to prosecute the parties who are threatening the family and Alexander.
A. Sammy Rodriguez, cousin to Michael Colono and prosecution witness, has stated to Alexanders attorneys that if he had known Mr. Colono had been stabbed, he would not have left, that he would have killed Alexander at that moment. He said he would still take care of it, depending on how the case turned out. We the undersigned, have reason to believe that he is serious about this. The court officers advised the family to have an escape plan for Alexander and the family, if Alexander were acquitted. During the trial, friends of the family where subjected to verbal threats which in one case included physical contact and the comments, "Come on, let's take this outside." Another time three of the Colono family friends jostled a few of Alexanders friends as they were going into the courthouse, saying, and Are you afraid yet? Getting scared?" How would you like it if I killed you?"

Incidents like these occurred on a daily basis during the trial. It was day in and day out. The Pring-Wilson family had to wait until the entire Colono family and friends group left before they could be escorted by the guards to their cars and hotel. The threats required the Prong-Wilson family to utilize the service elevator out the back of the court house. Police reports have been made without follow up with the Pring-Wilson family.
To compound this terror, Judge Regina Quinlan chose to disregard these threats when she sentenced and remanded the defendant to the prison system during the appeal, although house arrest was a reasonable option, and could be done under the supervision of the probation department in the State of Colorado. In regard to these threats, credence should be given to these threats considering the record of violence and previous criminal history (three prior convictions for assault and battery ) of a key prosecution witnesses, Samuel Rodriguez . In addition to the threat of retaliation from witnesses, is the reputation of violence of the gang to which the victim and key prosecution witness were and may still be members i.e.: The Latin Kings. We as well as the family have legitimate concerns as to whether or not Mr. Pring-Wilson is safe while in the custody of the Department of Corrections. As a group, we will monitor the safety of Mr. Pring Wilson during the duration of his sentence and hold the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for any cruel and unusual treatment by other inmates or staff. We hereby urge you to strongly consider alleviating the Commonwealth of this nearly impossible responsibility and remanding Mr. Pring-Wilson to serve his time in Colorado, probation, or house arrest.

3. Samuel Rodriguez and Giselle Abreu:
Neither of these two people has been charged for their part in the death of Michael Colono. We the undersigned request your assistance in urging the Cambridge Police Department in pursuing charges in regard to their contribution to the death of Michael Colono and related events that transpired at Howard St and Western Ave on April 12th, 2003 at approximately 1:45am.
In closing, we request that this petition serve to spark critical thinking on your part and that if these grounds for reasonable doubt weigh on your conscience as they do ours, that you will take action. By assuming the responsibility of addressing the above stated issues, you will restore the faith of cynical citizens who do not believe ordinary citizens have a voice in unjust matters.
We have the utmost respect for the strength and solidity of character it takes to be the leader of a free state and respectfully request the issues stated in this petition be addressed in a timely manner. In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Thank you again for your patience and open-mindedness in our presentation.

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in, otherwise register an account for free then sign the petition filling the fields below.
Email and the password will be your account data, you will be able to sign other petitions after logging in.

Privacy in the search engines? You can use a nickname:

Attention, the email address you supply must be valid in order to validate the signature, otherwise it will be deleted.

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Shoutbox

Who signed this petition saw these petitions too:

Sign The Petition

Sign with Facebook
OR

If you already have an account please sign in

Comment

I confirm registration and I agree to Usage and Limitations of Services

I confirm that I have read the Privacy Policy

I agree to the Personal Data Processing

Goal reached !
150 / 100

Latest Signatures

  • 08 October 2015150. Cynthia Mp
    I support this petition
  • 24 September 2015149. Kyle B
    I support this petition
  • 26 July 2015148. Jillian L
    I support this petition
  • 26 May 2015147. Professor Johnc
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015146. Gayle D
    I support this petition
  • 29 April 2015145. Laura L
    I support this petition
  • 31 March 2015144. Alexandra C
    I support this petition
  • 26 December 2014143. Chris W
    I support this petition
  • 17 December 2014142. Victoria M
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 2014141. Angela S
    I support this petition
  • 15 October 2014140. Tim D
    I support this petition
  • 09 October 2014139. Jennifer F
    I support this petition
  • 26 September 2014138. Lee B
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2014137. Anna M
    I support this petition
  • 13 July 2014136. Carlene Z
    I support this petition
  • 27 June 2014135. Danielle M
    I support this petition
  • 19 March 2014134. Keith M
    I support this petition
  • 17 March 2014133. Kedra M
    I support this petition
  • 02 January 2014132. Mary W
    I support this petition
  • 01 January 2014131. Rachel S
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2013130. Carol R
    I support this petition
  • 28 August 2013129. Christine R
    I support this petition
  • 31 July 2013128. Jessica Lr
    I support this petition
  • 29 June 2013127. Elizabeth Vd
    I support this petition
  • 28 June 2013126. Stephanie H
    I support this petition
  • 28 May 2013125. Jillian Mirandachristinah
    I support this petition
  • 24 May 2013124. Sally B
    I support this petition

browse all the signatures

Information

Marian CarlsonBy:
Justice, rights and public orderIn:
Petition target:
Governor of Mass

Tags

No tags

Share

Invite friends from your address book

Embed Codes

direct link

link for html

link for forum without title

link for forum with title

Widgets