John Knock Clemency Support Letter Example



Robert Zauzmer, Pardon Attorney
145 N Street NE, Room 5E 508
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Mr. Zauzmer,

I am asking that you grant clemency to federal prisoner John Richard Knock (#11150-017), a nonviolent first time marijuana offender who is currently serving a sentence of two life terms plus twenty. He was charged with three counts of conspiracy in the Northern District of Florida in 1994. He went to trial in 2000. He has been incarcerated for these charges since 1996. John Knock filed his clemency petition directly to the pardon office on Dec. 1, 2014. John received this egregious sentence because of the charging disparity and sentencing disparity that is common when a citizen is charged with conspiracy and chooses to exercises their Sixth Amendment right to trial.

Conspiracy holds you accountable for the actions of many even if you were unaware of these actions. This is our law, and this is what happened in the prosecution of John Knock. Because he went to trial, he received sentencing enhancements – commonly called “Trial Penalty”.

John Knock is a calm, courteous 68 year old man. He has accepted responsibility and regrets his participation in this conspiracy. He is a first time, non-violent marijuana only offender. John has a large extended family that has remained by his side and supported him throughout the years he has been incarcerated. His ex-wife has been by his side and supported him as well. He has a son who has had constant contact with him. He has two sisters and a brother as well as multiple nieces and nephews who want him home. All will support him and assure a smooth transition to a free life.

Please grant Clemency to John Knock 11150-017 so that he can return to society and have a second chapter in his life with those who love him. It would be fiscally responsible as well as just to show compassion and mercy.