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An American Hero Remains An American Prisoner

07-29-2011 09:27 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

Press release from: DJS Advocacies

George Martorano remains imprisoned despite years of seeking the justice he deserves.

George Martorano remains imprisoned despite years of seeking the justice he deserves.

George Martorano remains behind bars without recognition of the lives he has saved and his service to society. He is still denied his right to resentencing.

(Philadelphia, July 26, 2011) -- Today, Federal Prisoner George Martorano (ID# 12973004) informed us of a major, potentially lethal incident on a Bureau of Prisons flight from Philadelphia to Oklahoma on his way back to Coleman Federal Prison in Florida. George wrestled a handcuff key away from another prisoner, stopping what obviously could have turned into an aircraft hijacking, or worse, over American soil. With George’s help, the Federal Marshals took control of the situation and offered George a "pack of crackers" as his reward for possibly saving many lives, both in the air and on the ground. While this incident should be investigated and documented, numerous inquires to the FBI, the Federal Marshal Service, and Homeland Security have resulted in what appears to be their complete denial of the incident. These agencies, which are to be held accountable to all public inquires, have stated repeatedly, that “there is nothing on record” and “this incident never happened.” Taking George’s statements and those of other first-hand witnesses should prove otherwise. But this is not the first time that George Martorano has been denied his rights and recognition of his contributions and rehabilitation “under the law”.

The reason that George was on this plane in the first place is that he was returning to Florida from Philadelphia after receiving his 33rd denial in his request to be resentenced after serving 28 years of a life sentence without parole for a first-time, non-violent offence committed in the early 1980s. This July, the District Court of Philadelphia’s Judge Gene Prater felt justified in denying George’s request for resentencing even though he has a perfect prison record and has proven his rehabilitation, which, under Federal law, must be taken into account.

George is a certified Federal Department of Corrections “Member of the Inmate Companion Suicide Watch Team” through which dozens of Federal prison inmates have been saved with his help and assistance. In his service as a working inmate, he has developed his own, documented methodologies to assist in suicide prevention. George also established a popular course titled "The Write to Life" in which he teaches fellow inmates creative writing skills. He is also the author of more than 23 books, 10 plays, and countless short stories and poems.

George Martorano has more than served his debt to society. This time he saved a Federal Aircraft, its Marshals, and its prisoners as well as avoiding the extreme possibility of harming innocent citizens on the ground. Yet, what is his reward for his compassion, his service to society, and his bravery in this incident…a continued, illegal sentence of life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

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DJS Advocacies was started in 2008 as a way to help ordinary people obtain justice. This is a non-profit advocacy subsidiary of DJS Marketing Group, a.k.a. DJS-3S0P.

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