Charles Manson's Attorney Asks Obama For Help

2/22/2011 8:44 PM PST

Charles Manson's Attorney Giovanni Di Stefano Asks Obama For Pardon

Charles Manson's lawyer has just sent a fax to President Obama, asking for mercy.

Giovanni Di Stefano -- known as "The Devil's Advocate" -- tells TMZ, he wants the Prez to set Manson free.

Di Stefano -- who has also repped the likes of Saddam Hussein -- says Manson was nothing more than a cult leader, not a murderer -- Manson didn't do the killing.  Di Stefano says at worst, Manson is guilty of telling his followers to "do something witchy" -- never specifying murder.

Di Stefano complains, "Manson has been made out in America to be the Satan of the criminal justice system. He does not deserve the title."