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Mar 27, 2009
Focus: Civil Rights
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Here is a little--NO!--a BIG thing that I am hoping President Obama will take in hand and bring to the attention of the country, the states, and other government levels.

Literally thousands of Americans and immigrants are unjustly imprisoned. I have read estimates as high as one in seven being innocent of the crime for which they were convicted. The Innocence Project alone is evidence of the truth of this statement.

I offer you a particular case in point: the Elsa Newman Case in the state of Maryland. Newman is unjustly imprisoned. Her children, by default, are in the physical custody of a father about whom they have disclosed virtually unspeakable molestation and abuse.

This woman needs to be free to help her two sons.

Please look at--and I hope you will sign--the following petition:

This woman is unjustly imprisoned in the state of Maryland--Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup. She was charged and convicted of a crime committed by someone else. The highest court in the state of Maryland, on apppeal, opined in their majority opinion that there is nothing to connect Newman to the crime.

Newman was subsequently re-arrested, recharged and reconvicted by the State's Attorney of Montgomery County, Maryland, who, just "coincidentally" happened to be planning a run for state office. I suspect he could not allow Newman--although she was innocent--to be released; the release of an innocent woman, convicted on his watch, would not look good on his record. [Yes...his run for office succeeded; Doug Gansler is now the Attorney General of Maryland.] He preferred to convict the innocent, rather than let the mess stain his record and keep him from higher office.

The trial was even moved to a different county, where-- according to Gansler's chief assistant, Katherine Winfree--there was a higher chance of conviction. Yup! You read that right. I have in hand a copy of an email from Winfree to one of the police detectives with whom she worked, stating that the percentage of chance of conviction went way up when the second trial was moved to Fredrick County [a county rather rudely referred to by Gansler as "Fredneck County].

I don't know what else to say. I have been reading about this case, researching it and talking and writing to people involved for over a year now. I am convinced that Elsa Newman is innocent and that her children are in the hands of a sexual predator who molests and abuses them.

Her release would allow her to work freely for the welfare of her children.

Please? The petition again:

Thank you...any and all of you who are inclined to add your signature to this petition.

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Posted: Mar 27, 2009 12:48pm
Mar 14, 2009
Focus: Human Rights
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Elsa Newman is a mother unjustly imprisoned in the state of Maryland--Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup.

WHAT? You mean American courts don't always get it right? As a matter of fact, the American "justice" system often fails to get it right.

Newman was charged, tried and convicted of two crimes which did not even exist! She was charged with conspiracy; there was no conspiracy. Family friend Margery Landry acted on her own, without Newman's knowledge. Landry has admitted this and she pled guilty to the crimes she did commit. Newman was also charged, tried and convicted of attempted murder. But there was no murder attempt!

Again, Landry pleaded guilty to the crimes she had committed, but refused to plead guilty either to conspiracy or attempted murder. In her case, those two charges were null prossed.

And yet it was precisely those two charges of which Newman was convicted. How can a "justice" system null pross charges for one of the accused--and then unjustly convict and incarcerate the other person accused, when said person had no knowledge of the whole mess until she was informed by law enforcement?

Further, please note that  Newman, this second person accused [she had been out of state, attending a wedding at the time of the crime], returned willingly to the state of Maryland per the request of law enforcement--since she knew full well she had nothing to do with the crime, and, as an attorney, was fully convinced that the "justice" system would not only demonstrate her innocence, but would also demonstrate that her children were being molested and abused by their father.

Newman fully expected to be cleared of any crime, since she had committed no crime.

Further, she fully expected her sons to be placed in her custody, since she had both disclosures and evidence that the father was molesting and abusing both boys.

Newman's misplaced faith in the court system would eventually garner a life sentence in prison--despite her innocence of any crime--with all but twenty years suspended. She has now been behind bars--unjustly--for over six years.

The governor of Maryland needs to open an unbiased investigation of this terrible miscarriage of justice. And when he finds the truth, he needs to see that this mother is released.

Please join me in signing the petition--addressed to the governor of Maryland-- requesting a review of the case of Elsa Newman. Please join me in the hope that this grave injustice will be rectified.

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Posted: Mar 14, 2009 1:49pm


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