- Posted July 26, 2012 by
Kernersville, North Carolina
JANET DANAHEY'S PETITION FOR CLEMENCY
Dear Governor Perdue:
Thank you for your committment to North Carolina. I am one of the many people who helped put you into office.
I thought that you would be a good leader for North Carolina and do what is best for our state.
We all live in an evil and wicked world. In a perfect world, perhaps laws would be in *black and white and be fair and just for all".
Justice would be equal for everyone, in a perfect world. But we all know that this is not going to happen. Mistakes are made every day. We have rules and regulations, as well as laws to go by. I have decided that it is the *interpretation of the laws* which actually
decide a person's fate. It depends upon the attorney you have and just how smart they are or how much they care about their jobs and who is sincere about helping a person when they need it the most. We are all caught between a rock and a hard spot at times and have to depend upon others for guidance and direction. We have a need to trust people and perhaps take them at their word.
An attorney can be hired or appointed and a person does not know whether the match is a good one or a bad one. Attorneys can certainly make a BIG DIFFERENCE though for someone who needs good representation and guidance. Our state is full of attorneys, some being good, some being smart and then there are those who are not as good and there are some who could be considered somewhere in between.
I have been blessed or cursed (depends upon how one might view this) with finding out more than I ever cared to know about just how our *judicial system works/or NOT. So I am sharing this with you from my own personal experiences, not from anything I had read or
heard, but from what I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears. I could share things with you that you WOULD NOT could not and possible should not believe. But I can also tell you that what I tell you is the truth about something which really took place.
The first thing I will say is that one of my children was *indicted not once, but twice, by the Grand Jury. He was indicted without one ounce of evidence that a crime had even been committed. It took over 2 years for these charges to finally be *dismissed*, after many arrests,
making first appearences, hiring and firing attorneys, paying bonds or arranging some form of security and many court dates, in which the ADA never showed up after presenting the cases to the Grand Jury. My son's Constitutional Rights were violated many times again and again.
Law enforcement officers pushed their way into my daughter's house when she requested to see the search warrant first and inquired as to exactly why these people wanted to enter her house to begin with. She was told that she had better "sit down and shut up or she would be arrested too" and was not provided with any explanation or search warrant at all. This is a person's constitutional right to request this and she was in her own house, on her own property, with a 3 year old child in the the home at the time of this incident. So again, I happen to know that *mistakes are made*....and there are excuses for what takes place. But we also have rights as citizens here or at least we are suppose to have rights.
I was wrongfully denied my workers compensation claim after being an employee for over 14 years and developing health issues directly connected to the work that I did. The North Carolina Industrial Commission DID NOT FOLLOW their own rules and regulations and the laws of North Carolina. I was also denied my disability with the company I worked for since I had filed a workers compensation claim. I was shafted by the system. This left me without money to pay for one of my children's college loans. Things happen and I understand this.
And for the most part, no one can really help a person, not even an attorney. So I understand quite well just how the system works, more than I ever cared to know.
Now the real reason I am taking the time and effort to send this email to you is *Janet Danahey and the petition for clemency*.
Janet was a young woman full of hope and full of life who intended to do a stupid *prank* on her ex boyfriend. She and 2 of her friends were drinking and made a horrible decision to do something which turned into a horrible, horrible accident and killed 4 people, in the process.
I do not know Janet personally but 2 of my children knew her and went to school with her. She was a well liked young girl and did well in school and also in the community as well. My children tell me that she was *NOT A TROUBLEMAKER*....but a good hearted person, funny and outgoing.
I remember this horrible accident but I did not follow closely to it when it happened. I do remember being *SHOCKED at the outcome* of her being given a sentence of life in prison, without parole. I think people, common people, in general just go along with what happens in the Judicial System, assuming and trusting that these people are going to do what is *FAIR AND JUST*.
I have just recently studied this case closely and I believe that something was/is very wrong with what took place. Janet and 2 of her friends were involved in this horrible prank, which turned deadly. I read in several articles that the prosecutors could have charged the other 2 young women, under the law, but they *decided not to*. REALLY? I am assuming that there was a good reason for this, but I have NOT FOUND anything which indicates what good reason there was for this. Perhaps it was 2 against 1. Perhaps the 2 women decided to make up a story and they stuck with it, to save their own butts. But there were 3 young women there when this awful accident occurred. And only Janet was punished. I am sure that all of them were scared, upset and possible mad with themselves and would have done anything, perhaps even lie, to get out of what took place. I think we can all relate to feeling like, "if only we could change what just happened", knowing that it is too little, too late to make a difference and to make it all go away.
The fact that I have read that there were 3 present and only Janet was charged bothers me to no end. The other 2 young women could have sought help, dialed 911, tried to put out the fire, they could have done something, anything which may or may not have made a BIG DIFFERENCE in the outcome of the horrible tragedy.... THEY DID NOTHING....
Everyone pointed the finger at Janet. She did it all. She did not try to do anything to make a difference. It was Janet's fault - 100 %.......it was like she was there by herself, with on one else. I, personally, think that there is much more to this *story than we all know or will probably ever know*.
Janet accepted the blame for what happened. She has served over 10 years for her *part* in what happened. The other 2 young women walked away scott free. How can anyone say that this was FAIR AND JUST? I do not even agree with what crime this was labeled. Perhaps someone needs to take a long hard look at a law which was made in the 1800's to begin with. I have read any and all articles that I can find about this horrible accident which took place.
There are a lot of pros and cons on it. Two wrongs DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT... Janet served over 10 years and this is much longer a sentence that even drunk drivers get.
My son started a Petition to support Janet's effort as well. Please review it before deciding. It can be found here: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-nc-grant-clemency-petition-for-janet-danahey?utm_medium=email&utm_source=signature_receipt
I hope and pray that you, Governor Perdue, will seek GOD'S guidance and grant Janet clemency.
It is time to *LET GO, LET GOD*....