Halscott Megaro PA, announced that they have submitted an application for clemency to President Barack Obama, in regards to Corvain Cooper.
In June of 2014, Cooper was sentenced to the federal mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Appeals Law Group, one of Florida’s most prestigious criminal defense law groups, announced that they have submitted an application for clemency to President Barack Obama, in regards to Corvain Cooper. In June of 2014, Corvain Cooper was convicted of conspiracy to distribute, as well as, possession with intent to distribute marijuana. For this non-violent, drug related offense, Cooper was sentenced to the federal mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.— ORLANDO, FL - May 10, 2016 - Halscott Megaro PA,
The mandatory minimum penalties set for drug related crimes were originally put in place to target kingpins and high-level drug related offenses. The federal sentencing requirement has resulted in a huge number of low-level offenders being sentenced to life for a crimes that are non-violent.
According to U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), “In addition to driving up our prison population, mandatory minimum penalties can lead to terribly unjust results in individual cases.”
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) agrees. He says, “Our federal mandatory minimum sentences are simply heavy-handed and arbitrary. We should not have laws that ruin the lives of young men and women who have committed no violence.”
At the time of his sentencing, Mr. Cooper was 34 years old with three children, 2 of them under the age of 10. He also owned and operated a small clothing and footwear business. Recently, Cooper filed an appeal where he challenged his sentence, of life imprisonment with out parole, as cruel and unusual punishment. However, the United States Supreme Court denied his appeal.
“Shortly after I began practicing law, I noticed that a seemingly large percentage of criminal defendants were at the mercy of a criminal justice system, that quite often, failed to protect their rights. I am extremely passionate about positively affecting the lives of those who have already been convicted,” said Jamie Halscott, Appellate Attorney and Managing Partner of Halscott Megaro PA.
“We have submitted an application for clemency with President Barack Obama, asking him to commute this grossly unjust sentence of life imprisonment for a non-violent drug offense,” said Patrick Megaro, Appellate Attorney and Senior Partner.
Halscott Megaro has also set up a change.org petition for Corvain Cooper. The public is encouraged to visit change.org and sign the petition that requests for President Obama to dismiss the mandatory life sentence requirement for non-violent drug offenders, and also to commute Corvain Cooper’s sentence, specifically.
For more information or to sign the change.org petitions, visit https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-clemency-for-corvain-cooper
ABOUT: Halscott Megaro PA: Halscott Megaro PA, Appeals Law Group, is admitted to practice by 18 different bars and over the past 12 years they have handled more than 3000 cases. Jaime Halscott is the managing partner. He dedicates much of his time to educating clients throughout the appeals process and is licensed in every federal court of appeal in the United States, as well as all military appeals courts. Jaime received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at Barry University, where he received awards in Cyberspace Law and Law of War.
Patrick Michael Megaro graduated from Hofstra Law School, at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and received the Leon Stern Award for criminal defense advocacy from the Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association. He began his legal career at the Legal Aid Society in New York City as a public defender and six years later went on to form his own firm in 2007. In 2014, Patrick partnered with Jaime Halscott, bringing more than a decade of experience, in the area of criminal law, to Halscott Megaro PA.
For more information, contact Halscott Megaro PA Orlando Criminal Defense Attorneys
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