Target: Senior Judge Leonard Zeto
Goal: Insist that alleged murderer who raped the body of his victim gets the harshest sentence possible.
A man named Gregory Graf allegedly confessed that he had murdered his stepdaughter Jessica Padget, a mother of three, and buried her in his backyard. Upon further questioning, he allegedly gave police a horrific video of him having sex with the corpse, which he had filmed with two separate cameras. Now he wants to claim that it was a mental breakdown that caused him to murder and rape the woman he had called his own daughter.
A mental health defense is used to protect people who truly suffer from some form of debilitating mental disorder, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, that could actually drive them to commit a horrible crime that they would never have committed in their normal state of mind. It does not exist to protect a man who allegedly had enough mental clarity to film it from two angles and to hide the body in a place where it would not have been located without his help.
Allowing this man to receive a lesser sentence under a mental health plea would not only pardon this horrible crime, it would invalidate situations in which a person was actually affected by a mental health issue. Sign this petition and demand that the judge does not allow him to use the mental health defense.
Dear Judge Leto,
The stories we hear in the news every day are horrifying, but the trial regarding Gregory Graf is one of the more disturbing ones of all. It sickens me that a man could allegedly do this to his own step daughter, and if he is found guilty, I insist that he is punished.
Please do not accept his mental health defense if he decides to plead so. Friends and family have said that he has no history of mental illness. If this crime occurred the way the media is reporting, it was clearly premeditated, not an act of insanity or passion but one of malice and disgusting intent. Should you and your jury find him guilty, I urge you to charge him with first degree murder and to sentence him with the harshest available sentence.
[Your Name Here]
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