Justice for Denny Petitt
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We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we....remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the most part unpopular.
~ Edward Murrow

This website is to inform that Dennis W. Petitt was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced in Sangamon County and his defense was unreasonably doubted by Sangamon County Officer's, Detectives, State's Attorney's, Defense Attorney's and the Judge.  His family and friends however have never doubted him.
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Justice for Denny Petitt Committee

We unequivocally believe that all citizens of the United States have the right to a fair trial with competent counsel to prove their innocence.  Denny Petitt was denied a fair trial because of inept counsel, media bias influence on the jury, inadequate investigation, and inexplicable lack of forensic testing.  We believe that Denny Petitt was denied his basic civil rights and was unfairly convicted.  Accordingly, Denny Petitt's case should be reopened and reviewed by the State of Illinois through the grant of a new trial.
To find and present to the people and government of Springfield, Illinois the truth about Denny Petitt.  Reasonable people will see that the he was wrongfully convicted of murdering his brother.
To achieve one or more of the following:
  • The Judicial Exoneration of Denny Petitt and/or a new trial,
  • The withdrawal by the State's Attorney of Sangamon County of the charges against Denny Petitt.

To achieve the Mission and Goals above, the Committee will use as many methods of communication and persuasion as possible.  Such methods will include:

  • Working with attorneys in State and Federal Courts to overturn the conviction,
  • Building a website: www.JusticeforDennyPetitt.org,
  • Writing letters to and meeting with elected and appointed government officials,
  • Letter writing to the media,
  • Polling the public,
  • Circulating a public petition,
  • Developing multi-media means of telling about the case, including video and music.
  • The truth shall set wrongfully convicted people free.
  • Through honest discussion, with respect for all parties and viewpoints, the truth can emerge.
  • Everyone can help in the pursuit of justice in the Denny Petitt Case.
The Justice for Denny Petitt Committee
 is a registered Non-Profit Organization in the State of Illinois
How You Can Help!

  • Donate Money: every dollar directly helps Denny in his fight for justice. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the facts about the wrongful conviction of Denny Petitt.  Educate yourself about as many truths of the case as possible.
  • Ask your friends to donate.  We understand not everyone is able to donate monetarily.
  • We are asking for auction items to sell on eBay in order to raise money for Denny's appeal.  Please e-mail us for further shipping information. Committee@JusticeforDennyPetitt.org
  • We are also looking for more fund-raising ideas!
    Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others;
     open my ears that I may hear their cries;
     open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
     let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
     nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
      Show me where love and hope and faith are needed, and use me to bring them to those places.
      And so open my eyes and my ears that I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee.

    ~Steve Bright prayer he shared with Yale Law School graduates at their May 1999 Commencement