Target: Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi
Goal: Attain justice for innocent woman who spent nearly 100 days in jail without bail.
A woman from Mississippi spent three months in jail after officers arrested her for a drug crime she did not commit. Once her innocence was proven, she filed a lawsuit because she was denied bail and an attorney for months. The courts dismissed her case, though, and said her human rights were not violated. Similar situations like this happen across the country, and many lawsuits are pending to attain compensation for those who lost months or years of their lives for no reason. Activists are noting this case as further proof that the criminal justice system has many weaknesses.
Jessica Jauch was arrested after she was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation. The officer noticed there was a warrant out for her in a nearby county for a drug related crime, and he took her in. She was left in jail because the district judges that go around from county to county to hear cases were not scheduled to be back in her county for three months. District Attorney, Doug Evans, claims he was never notified of Juach’s arrest and that therefore no trial was scheduled.
The warrant for Jauch’s arrest was due to footage captured of her with a police informant. Officers claimed the tape showed her selling prescription drugs, but once Jauch’s attorneys got ahold of the video, they found that it actually showed her borrowing money. Once this was brought to the attention of the prosecution, the judge dismissed the case.
Juach filed a lawsuit against Choctow County and Sheriff Cloyd Halford. The sheriff’s department failed to inform the courts of her arrest, and it is reported that Sherriff Halford told the victim’s mother that Jauch was a bad person who would go away for a long time. This wrongly imprisoned woman deserves compensation for the trouble she endured by the state of Mississippi and her home county. Demand justice for Jessica Jauch.
Dear Governor Bryant,
A woman from your state was placed in jail without bail or access to an attorney for almost 100 days. Once her case was finally heard, the judge dismissed it after her innocence was proven. Rightly so, this woman filed a lawsuit against the county and sheriff who wronged her, yet a judge dismissed that case as well, failing to see how her human rights were violated.
Wrongful imprisonment is a huge problem in this country. States like New York are facing similar legal battles with people who were held without trial for years. Putting innocent people in prison for any amount of time is detrimental to their health, and anyone in their right mind can see how this infringes on human rights. I urge you to use the full power of your office to ensure that Mississippi does not jail innocent citizens and that Jessica Jauch receives compensation and justice for her wrongful imprisonment.
[Your Name Here]
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