The petition asks that persons lend their voices to intercede on Busy Signal's behalf to exonerate him from his crimes.
In 2002, Glendale Gordon, aka Busy Signal, was arrested in the United States of America. Busy fled America and returned to his childhood home of Jamaica to escape the charges.
In a release to THE WEEKEND STAR, Gordon's team stated that these crimes must be atoned for.
"It is undisputed that crimes committed must be atoned for, and we have a civic responsibility to ensure that individuals who have done wrong be made to pay. However, is there any individual who in retrospect has not had feelings of shame and remorse for things done in the past? For every person there have been moments where, if given the opportunity to re-enact those scenes in our lives, we would make alternate choices. Unfortunately, life does not come with a replay button, and we have all learnt to learn from our mistakes and move on", the petition reads.
The petition also highlights Busy Signal's achievements and contribution to the music industry since debuting on the scene in 2004. It further states that Busy Signal's growth as an artiste and a human being must be commended.
"We have seen the works of this artiste show significant strides of intellectual growth, cultural awareness and personal development. Transitioning from tracks such as Step Out very early in his career to popular covers such as One More Night and Night Shift, Busy Signal's growth as an artiste must be commended, with the consistent improvement of his craft culminating in the release of his all-reggae album in May 2012", it said.
According to Shane Brown, Busy Signal's manager, it was important to put out this petition because Busy Signal has turned his life around.
"Whatever he was accused of, he has turned his life around. He has placed himself in a very important place in Jamaican history. He has rehabilitated himself, and he deserves a second chance, so we're just asking for everyone's support," Brown told THE WEEKEND STAR.
The petition went on to say that an objective of punishment should be to rehabilitate and reform the individual.
"It is our belief that Busy Signal has personally achieved that which the judicial system has intended for each individual it has passed down a guilty verdict to. This case has touched a different chord in each and every Jamaican, because Busy Signal has managed against all odds to achieve what the judicial system seeks to do in each person that has been faced with incarceration."
The petition needs 25,000 signatures in order to get to President Barrack Obama. Those who wish to sign the petition can sign up at : https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/exonerate-glenda....
Busy Signal's detention hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, June 25.
Petition sent out forBusy Signal
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