The Dark Ride, By Anthony Mungin this month in Voices From Behind the Bars.
Prison by the Senses By Frank McEvoy, Kyle Moran, and Craig Salathe. Descriptions of prison as the senses receive them (or are assaulted by them).
Truth in Justice Foundation This information is provided in hopes some readers may benefit.
Snitch Culture, a new book by Jim Redden, is reviewed by Hans Sherrer.
East-West, starring Catherine Deneuve, reviewed by Hans Sherrer.
The Race to Publish and Why it May Interest YOU
As our faithful readers know, we gave back our grant money to the Aigner
Foundation with the understanding that if we could get it together to
publish, they would give it back.
Happily, our Anne Good, public relations lady extraordinaire, has taken on
the publishing project. She boiled it down to the simplest formula. We will
collect the best of our stories and use those. It also just so happens that
JD Team member Barbara Jean McAtlin has a graphic arts business, so she will
be doing all photos and artwork.
Almost the entire JD Team has come forward to participate in distributing the
published magazines to libraries, law schools, lawyers, and others who may be
interested in future subscriptions. This is where you may be interested.
We are offering FREE advertising to a limited number of organizations,
businesses and groups. First-come, first-served. If those of you who want
free advertising would also help us by helping to distribute, you would not
only get your ad in front of many people, but also assure JD of the
distribution it needs to succeed.
If you are interested in helping the Hard Copy Project, please write to
JDGeneralMail@aol.com, C'Rene Dana, who will see that your email gets to both
Anne Good and Barbara Jean McAtlin to make arrangements.
You may want to offer your talent in some other capacity to this project, so
please do. We will welcome you. You will be joining our Hard Copy Team. If
you can simply take a good number of magazines for distribution, that would
be a wonderful help.
We owe great thanks to the Aigner Foundation, and especially to Joy Baldwin
who is our liaison with them. They have showed faith in us, and we deeply
want to justify that faith. Not only did they reinstate the $6,000 grant, but
they also added $500 to it. We also have a JD Team member who has contributed
$1,500 toward anything not covered by the grant. Our Team benefactor has
asked to remain anonymous, and we will respect that (not even the other team
members know who it is).
CLIMB ABOARD! Our hopes are high, our energy is there, and in just a few
months, we hope to present Justice: Denied -- The Magazine for the Wrongly
Convicted to the world.
High HOPES from the entire JD Team.
Clara A. Thomas Boggs, for the Team
Updates in this issue:
Exciting development in the Freddie Eugene Casey case
By Barbara Jean McAtlin, Justice: Denied Staff
In our previous edition of Justice: Denied Magazine we brought you the story
of Freddie Eugene Casey (Victim's Family Fights For Justice In Casey Case,
Volume 2 Issue 3).
Recently, Chris Duffy of Centurion Ministries notified our staff that the
Innocence Project of Washington, D.C. has decided to formally take up
Eugene's quest for freedom and justice.
Although justice for Eugene is still uncertain at this point, his chance for
vindication is far greater now than it was before his story was featured in
Justice: Denied. With the help of the highly skilled staff of the Innocence
Project, we hope to be able to bring you another exciting update sometime
Special thanks go out to the following people:
* Tamela Carey for her tireless work for justice and freedom for Eugene.
* Chris Duffy of Centurion Ministries for his never failing faith in
* Page Kennedy and Dave Bos of the Innocence Project in D.C.
* The readers and staff of Justice: Denied Magazine.
Philip Workman Update
By Stormy Thoming-Gale
Philip's lawyers had been asking the federal courts for years, without
success, to grant a full hearing on newly discovered evidence in his felony
When Philip's defense team presented the same request to the Tennessee
Supreme Court, a few hours before his scheduled execution, the court finally
agreed -- in a three-two-split decision.
It was past midnight when the state's highest court stayed Philip's execution
indefinitely and ordered a trial court judge in Memphis to let Philip's
lawyers present the exonerating evidence. A majority of the Supreme Court
agreed that laws restricting the use of new evidence should sometimes be
stretched "to prevent a miscarriage of justice."
The court also said, in an apparent clarification of Tennessee law on
killings that occur during the commission of a felony, "If he did not fire
(the shot that killed Lt. Ronald Oliver), he is not guilty of the crime for
which he is scheduled to be put to death."
Philip's newest attorney, Robert Hutton, presented several legal theories as
grounds for reopening Workman's case to look at evidence discovered years
after the original trial, including the autopsy X-ray and the recantation of
key prosecution witness, Harold Davis, in 1999.
There was no oral argument, but the Supreme Court considered a flurry of
faxes and e-mails before three of its members decided, around 11 p.m. an hour
before the scheduled execution, that new evidence in this case could be
considered, despite statutes sharply limiting how long after trial new
evidence can be introduced. The justices said the serious nature of Philip's
case and the fact that the evidence could not have been found earlier
justified the extension.
"This was a new ruling, but we think it's an appropriate extension of what
the court has done in other areas of the law," said Mr. Hutton.
Judge Colton immediately set a date for two weeks after the execution date
for a full hearing on recently discovered evidence. Philip's lawyers appealed.
The Court of Criminal Appeals said Shelby County Criminal Court Judge John
Colton Jr., who has been the judge presiding over Philip's case in recent
years, acted too quickly when he gave Philip's lawyers only two weeks to
prepare for a hearing on new evidence, it sent the case back to Colton to set
a new hearing date.
The appeals court said that Judge Colton ''had no jurisdiction to act'' on
Philip's case at the time he set the hearing. The appeals court also said
Colton should not have ordered Mr. Hutton to turn over copies of videotaped
statements that Philip's lawyers took in 1999 from Harold Davis, a key
prosecution witness who has recanted the testimony he gave at Workman's trial
in 1982. Prosecutors will be entitled to see those tapes only after Mr. Davis
testifies, the appeals court said.
In an expected move prompted by Judge Colton's order for Philip's attorneys
to be ready for a full hearing with only two weeks to prepare, Philip's
attorneys asked Judge Colton to remove himself from ruling on Philip's
Defense lawyers contend Shelby County Criminal Court Judge John Colton is
biased against Philip.
Judge Colton is set to preside over a hearing on Philip's latest claim that
he did not kill Memphis police Lt. Robert Oliver in 1981.
Philip was thirty-five minutes from death in March when the Tennessee Supreme
Court overturned a ruling by Judge Colton and stopped the execution. Judge
Colton had rejected a petition for the new hearing.
Philip's attorneys are now asking that Judge Colton remove himself from the
case and allow it to be assigned to another judge. Judge Colton set a May 14,
2001 hearing on that request.
Philip's new petition says Judge Colton's eagerness to set an early hearing
date indicates bias against Philip.
If Judge Colton grants the request, the case will be assigned to another
judge. If he rejects it, Philip can file another appeal.
Edited for Anthony Mungin by JD Staff
Struggling against the intoxicating rage
The feud contaminated my blood;
Eye impregnated with predatory gaze,
The effects of solitary are, alas, to bud.
Evil finds lodging in the pessimist
Misery sought to infect the meek;
Petition the Mediator to redeem the notorious,
To regurgitate its malicious deceit.
Haunts of violence fill the atmosphere
While the storm of uncertainty threatens the sane;
Yet the battle isn't against my fellow prisoner here,
It's against barbaric justice and the unethical political game.
My shoulders cringe from the weight of the death sentence,
This soul of mine awaits for hope abroad; awaits hope
May thine heart convince thee I'm neither killer nor menace,
But a career stepping-stone for a political god.
© Justice Denied
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