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REMEMBER DRUMMER JIM GORDON?

419 Signatures Goal: 500

Have you heard about this petition?

A petition has been created to be considered by the California Parole Board at the upcoming hearing of drumming legend Jim Gordon (check out the discography on the Jim Gordon MySpace Tribute site – The sheer number of hit songs he played on is literally hard to believe).

Despite being diagnosed as an acute paranoid schizophrenic by five separate psychiatrists, he was sentenced to 16 years to life in 1984.

The judge agreed at sentencing that the Mr. Gordon was "suffering from a profound mental illness," but was unable to find him not guilty by reason of insanity due to the State of California's tightening of the legal definition a couple of years earlier (in reaction to the notorious "Twinkie defense," by the way).

This petition is completely legitimate – It has already been signed not only by fans, but by several of Jim Gordon's contemporaries. In addition, many of the living legends that he has worked with have written letters for the Board's consideration.

The Board's decision will obviously be based on a review of several factors such as medical evaluations, but the petition is intended to show the degree of support that still exists for this brilliant musician and songwriter.

The author will also forward a copy to Jim Gordon himself to assure him that he has by no means been forgotten.

The petition can be accessed by clicking this link

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  • Jeremy webb
    Jeremy webb United States, Waterloo
    Sep 26, 2016
    Sep 26, 2016
    Dear,mr.gordon.you are good musician on the recordings.because i like it alot.i also wanted your autograph picture.how many recordings you have done?who is your favorite musicians?are you married?how many grand kids do you also have now?you are good and wonderful musician on the recordings.because you did a super nice job on there.how long did you became a musician?how many fans do write to you?please write back soon.your truly jeremy webb.goodbye for now.
  • Susan Carter
    Susan Carter United States, Fayetteville
    Sep 06, 2016
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    Sep 06, 2016
    The above comments are heartwarming and so true.
  • Gary Pitchford
    Gary Pitchford United States, Tulsa
    Jul 29, 2016
    Jul 29, 2016
    Please consider the release of James Beck Gordon from the California penal system. At his age, with his condition now diagnosed and treatment implemented, he no longer poses a threat. Mr. Gordon remains a great musician, considered one of the best ever by his peers. We will never know what art he could give us if he remains imprisoned. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "There are no second acts in American lives." Mr. Gordon's continued imprisonment means he will never have even the chance of a second act in his life. Here is a man who believed he was drawing music out of the drum, a man who wrote and produced music that moves people of all ages even after over fifty years. What accomplishment, what pride is there in saying, "We kept him in prison long after he was no longer a threat"? Please consider Jim Gordon's release. Give him the opportunity to live freely again. Don't let this artist's story end in the prison cell he has lived in for over thirty years. Give him the chance to begin the second act in his life as a man rejoined with society. Thank you for your consideration.
  • Gary Pitchford
    Gary Pitchford United States, Tulsa
    Jul 29, 2016
    Jul 29, 2016
    Please consider the release of James Beck Gordon from the California penal system. At his age, with his condition now diagnosed and treatment implemented, he no longer poses a threat. Mr. Gordon remains a great musician, considered one of the best ever by his peers. We will never know what art he could give us if he remains imprisoned. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, "There are no second acts in American lives." Mr. Gordon's continued imprisonment means he will never have even the chance of a second act in his life. Here is a man who believed he was drawing music out of the drum, a man who wrote and produced music that moves people of all ages even after over fifty years. What accomplishment, what pride is there in saying, "We kept him in prison long after he was no longer a threat"? Please consider Jim Gordon's release. Give him the opportunity to live freely again. Don't let this artist's story end in the prison cell he has lived in for over thirty years. Give him the chance to begin the second act in his life as a man rejoined with society. Thank you for your consideration.
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