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Re: “GQ on the WM3

Whoa there little missy. You're a little too cynical for your own good. I'm not a teapartier. Oh who cares, so I spelled their names wrong; obviously I meant medal and alluded.

I've been a supporter of the WM3 forever. I believe they are innocent. I sent money and kept up with the case. I sent Jason a few law books from University of Chicago that he had asked for. I put fliers up around town.

I feel a special kinship to this case as I support a barely 15 year old 8th grade boy who got lwop in Mississippi. I found him on a juvenile justice website and took him under my wing, hired him a post conviction attorney, have paid for all his legal proceedings of which I've lost track but last I checked was around $40,000 so far, no donations, no celebrity supporters, no free lawyers. I've cashed in mutual funds and my retirement to pay his post conviction lawyer. I also keep money on his books, keep money on the phone for him, sent hundreds of books, magazine subscriptions, holiday packages, visit him 4 times per year (900 miles to Walnut Grove from Chicago) for a 3 hour visit (sometimes 2 by the time I clear security)and am his only regular visitor, give him whatever he needs to keep him going mentally, emotionally and financially. I'm not rich. We are in our 4th year of appeals. I know how heavy the burden is when a child depends on someone on the outside to "save their life". I'm emotionally and physcially drained from waiting on court decision after court decision, the deck stacked against us, worrying about his safety in one of the most violent juvenile prisons in the country-it's under federal investigation for abuse of prisoners. (How's my spelling Norma? How's my grammar?) I've worked on his case digging, interviewing, calling, looking up case law for his attorney, went back to school at night to get my paralegal degree and am raising two daughters, one graduated college last spring. I'm about to graduate myself.

Like the WM3, he was also egregiously railroaded and wrongfully convicted by a crew of characters similar to those in the WM3 case. Liars, cheaters and deceivers, willing to say anything and do anything while going after a sensational win to enhance their careers. Mississippi and Arkansas have the same good ole boy broken criminal justice systems. He's been abandoned by everyone and is indigent. I'm all he's got and if we don't win him a new trial he'll die in prison, having never lived. He's already been locked up over a third of his life and he's only 22.

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Posted by citizensoldier on 12/08/2011 at 1:54 PM

Re: “GQ on the WM3

GQ article, perfect pitch on every note.

Jesse tugs at the heartstrings. Jason is a hero deserving of the Metal of Honor. Damien is a Spartan, stronger than dirt, an enlightened superhero.

Folgelman as eluded to: dark, immoral, evil. Ellington, a coward. Burnett, a tool. Gitchell, several bubbles off level.

Stedham, Benca, Braga, Riordan, Philipsborn, rare, gems.

Filmmakers Berlinger and Sinofsky: An Oscar

Lorri, the Medal of Freedom and a pair of wings.

ATA and supporters from every corner of the world, a pat on the back, a sound night's sleep, peace of mind, joy, happiness.

Mara Leavitt, R-E-S-P-E-C-T! and a front row lifetime press pass good anywhere.

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Posted by citizensoldier on 12/08/2011 at 11:14 AM

Re: “The Observer, Jan. 18

yes Tina, he mentioned to the reporter that he had gone through all the stages of grief. He said he couldn't remember each one but he had been through them. I believe he said something to the effect that he didn't so much accept but came to an understanding

Posted by citizensoldier on 01/22/2011 at 7:35 PM

Re: “The Observer, Jan. 18

yes Tina, he mentioned to the reporter that he had gone through all the stages of grief. He said he couldn't remember each one but he had been through them. I believe he said something to the effect that he didn't so much accept but came to an understanding.

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Posted by citizensoldier on 01/22/2011 at 7:34 PM

Re: “The Observer, Jan. 18

I enjoyed the interview with Jason. I couldn't figure out the shots of Damien and Jesse mixed in but now I understand. Wow, mind-boggling.

I admire Jason very much. What stuck in my mind is how accepting he is and how he described the way the judicial system is supposed to work. How judges are supposed to be, impartial and unbiased, but some are not because people are fallible. It was eloquent and wise. One can see that HE also understands a "vision of the law" that he credits his lawyers with possessing.

He is very inspirational and smart and surprisingly seems fairly happy, not outwardly angry or bitter. I wonder if the people who put him there would be the same if they were in his position. He has very good character. His positive attitude is very comforting to folks on the outside who feel so bad about what happened to him and his friends and those 3 little boys.

I believe in justice, as he clearly does, and know it will come. Maybe it's not justice after 16 years of false imprisonment, but it's the truth. The WM3 maybe can only hope for the truth, but not justice. When the real killer(s) is found, there will be a measure of justice. Thanks to the Observor for standing up for what is right. Refreshing and rare.

Meantime, there's a killer(s) on the road.

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Posted by citizensoldier on 01/20/2011 at 10:44 AM


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