Elsa Newman is a mother unjustly imprisoned in the state of Maryland--Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup.
WHAT? You mean American courts don't always get it right? As a matter of fact, the American "justice" system often fails to get it right.
Newman was charged, tried and convicted of two crimes which did not even exist! She was charged with conspiracy; there was no conspiracy. Family friend Margery Landry acted on her own, without Newman's knowledge. Landry has admitted this and she pled guilty to the crimes she did commit. Newman was also charged, tried and convicted of attempted murder. But there was no murder attempt!
Again, Landry pleaded guilty to the crimes she had committed, but refused to plead guilty either to conspiracy or attempted murder. In her case, those two charges were null prossed.
And yet it was precisely those two charges of which Newman was convicted. How can a "justice" system null pross charges for one of the accused--and then unjustly convict and incarcerate the other person accused, when said person had no knowledge of the whole mess until she was informed by law enforcement?
Further, please note that Newman, this second person accused [she had been out of state, attending a wedding at the time of the crime], returned willingly to the state of Maryland per the request of law enforcement--since she knew full well she had nothing to do with the crime, and, as an attorney, was fully convinced that the "justice" system would not only demonstrate her innocence, but would also demonstrate that her children were being molested and abused by their father.
Newman fully expected to be cleared of any crime, since she had committed no crime.
Further, she fully expected her sons to be placed in her custody, since she had both disclosures and evidence that the father was molesting and abusing both boys.
Newman's misplaced faith in the court system would eventually garner a life sentence in prison--despite her innocence of any crime--with all but twenty years suspended. She has now been behind bars--unjustly--for over six years.
The governor of Maryland needs to open an unbiased investigation of this terrible miscarriage of justice. And when he finds the truth, he needs to see that this mother is released.
Please join me in signing the petition--addressed to the governor of Maryland-- requesting a review of the case of Elsa Newman. Please join me in the hope that this grave injustice will be rectified.