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Jun 12, 2011

Focus:Human Rights
Action Request:Petition
Location:Pennsylvania, United States

Jordan Brown was 11 years old when he was charged with the murder of his father's pregnant fiancee. Though he has been incarcerated for over two years, the prosecution has not presented any physical evidence that directly links him to the murders. Instead, information has emerged that the police all but ignored at least one other viable suspect in favor of this young child.

The judge in the case denied Jordan the opportunity to have this case tried in juvenile court because he would not confess the the murders. Jordan has always maintained he had nothing to do with the crime. On appeal, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that Judge Motto violated Jordan's constitutional rights when he made the decision not to waive the case to juvenile court based on a lack of confession. The judge was asked to reconsider his ruling in March of 2011 and he has yet to do it.
Recently, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office stated that if Jordan will confess to the murders they will agree to try to case in juvenile court. What is astonishing about this new development is that it is in blatant disregard for the Superior Court's ruling. No human being, let alone a child, should ever be forced to admit to a crime they did not do to receive justice according to the law.
This case has dragged on long enough. Not only is Jordan and his family suffering, but family of the murdered woman, Kenzie Houk, is suffering as well. No one will receive any kind of justice until the constitutional rights of this child are finally upheld. Please sign my petition demanding justice for Jordan and pass it along to anyone else who will sign it. Jordan has a hearing before Judge Motto in August and I need to submit this petition before that time to demonstrate that this case has gone on long enough.
You may also learn much more about Jordan's case here:
Thank you for your help in this important matter,
Melissa
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Posted: Sunday June 12, 2011, 11:19 am
Tags: human brown justice rights childrens constitutional juvenile jordan [add/edit tags]

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