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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lieutenant Beaten -- October 6, 2012

This evening, the prison was placed on a level one lockdown. According to staff, an inmate and a lieutenant got into an argument while in the inner circle of the chow hall. The argument escalated into a fight where several other prisoners jumped in to pummel the lieutenant and rumble with onrushing guards. The lieutenant was purportedly beaten badly and one guard broke his wrist throwing punches. The inmates involved were eventually subdued, handcuffed, and taken to segregation. They will most certainly be transferred out to Pontiac tomorrow or in the following days. Since the Orange Crush raids this summer, there has been an effort to tighten control over the penitentiary. Some inmates speculate staff are deliberately trying to instigate trouble to support lobbying for Tamms Supermax to be kept open. This week, Thompson C.C. was finally sold to the federal government and Governor Quinn has said he seeks to sell Tamms as well.

Cell compliance and a litany of new rules have been imposed on prisoners in the last couple of months. Largely redundant security measures also have been escalated such as bar rapping at nearly every shift. The Internal Affairs unit has been noticeably more active. They have been conducting more searches and questioning inmates about a range of topics. A large number of drug tests on inmates has occurred. Prisoners in my cell house who were ordered to give the urine samples were informed they were simply being vetted for jobs. There are a number of open positions which need to be filled, particularly in the kitchen. I notice some staff have been shuffled around and more guards are being used to search inmates going to and returning from the chow hall. On occasion, inmates are pulled out of line to be strip searched. Earlier this week, guards were lined up patting down prisoners leaving the chow hall en masse. They did not find any contraband, but they did collect a mountain of bananas. Bananas are often brought back for a snack later, or because they are green and inedible.

Yet another cell phone was found in an inmate's cell. This phone was discovered in the Roundhouse and the building was placed on lockdown for a week. I was not even aware F House was on lockdown earlier in the week until another prisoner informed me. The Roundhouse is situated in another area of the prison and operations elsewhere carried on as usual. The last couple times cell phones were discovered, Stateville was placed on a strict lockdown for nearly two months and the special tactical unit was brought in from several penitentiaries to search every cell, building, and grounds of the institution. However, these administrative reactions may have been due to other contraband being found, including heroin and shanks. As cell phones become much smaller and pervasive in society, keeping them out of penitentiaries will be increasingly difficult. Security personnel should possibly consider devices that jam cell phone signals if it is perceived as a significant danger.

Prisoners are constantly reminded to be in cell compliance throughout the day and it has become annoying. Most inmates at Statement have natural life sentences or the equivalent. To be ordered to keep their cells in immaculate order or in exact ways which are very inconvenient is thought of as ridiculous. The new response by prisoners often is "tell guards to get into compliance". Inmates shout from their cells for clothing, supplies, health care, commissary, or simply for the heat to be turned on. The last few days, temperatures have dropped below freezing or near it, and inmates are bundled in clothes and blankets. When none of these basic needs are met, prisoners shout out for guards to get in compliance. It seems guards or their supervisors are more concerned about a prisoner leaving out a book or having a line up to dry clothes than the basic necessities of inmates.

Upon leaving the cell house earlier this week I was approached by a fat man who people regularly refer to as "GevAss," which is a play on the pronunciation of his last name. Other people call him "Fat Bastard" using the tone in the Austin Powers comedy, although I just simply call the hugely obese man "The Elephant." The elephant complains quite often and I do not care to listen to all his whining. When he told me staff treat us like animals, I told him that is because we are. I said, "Look around you. There are monkeys, stool pigeons, gorillas, weasels, and I still have not figured out what he is." Then I looked at him and said, "And of course, elephants." GevAss asked what I was. I told him a falcon which I regularly see flying high above the prison grounds. He said, "Yeah, right. A falcon with no bench." I replied, "Falcons do not need a heavy bench press to swoop down and attack games of prey. They just need strong wings, sharp eyes, talons, and a beak."

In the chow hall, GevAss sat at a table with Mertz and me. With my wing man we continued to make fun of the 350-pound tub of lard. They had served us bologna and I offered it to the big man. He initially did not want to take it because of our jibes about his weight, but when I pulled my tray back he grabbed the two thick cuts of processed pork lips, snout, hooves, and assholes. He made himself a huge sandwich which only an elephant could shove into its mouth. I began to tell Mertz how GevAss reminds me of the man in the film "Seven," who was killed for gluttony. I asked Mertz if he could not see him face down in a big bowl of ravioli having eaten himself to death. Between bites of his sandwich, the fat man asked me why I was so unsympathetic and mean. I told him I cannot help it. I was born this way. Did I not tell you I was a falcon? Mertz and I then began to discuss the famous novel by George Orwell "Animal Farm," and debated what status the elephant would have. We could only decide that at the Stateville Zoo he was towards the bottom.

I greatly dislike going out for chow and being herded to and from the kitchen. Falcons are not very social animals even if they do like pecking on an elephant or some other animal from time to time. This evening, I stayed in my bird cage and ate some peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter is nearly the only food I have left in my property box. Inmates at Stateville are fortunate to shop once a month and recently strict limitations were placed on our purchases. I tend to like peanut butter, but it has become less and less enjoyable the more I consume it on a regular basis as an alternative to prison food and going out to the chow hall.

It was while eating my sandwiches and scanning through television stations that I heard inmates yelling about the lockdown. Soon thereafter there was an announcement on the cell house loudspeaker for people to finish showering and for everyone to go to their cells for lockup. Saturday is one of three days that inmates are permitted to shower, although yet another privilege I usually refain from. My gallery had already showered and I had a clean cellmate to live with despite how he still looked disheveled and dirty. There is a reason many people think he has the appearance of a homeless man or vagrant. The announcement of lockdown was not a great disappointment for me. However, I did immediately think about how I would not be able to shop for possibly a long time and that peanut butter would continue to be my main diet.

Earlier in the day, prisoners in the cell house were finally given commissary order forms. Those in C House have not been able to shop for over a month and I used all 21 lines on the order form. The list I made was not easy to accomplish because I had to think about limits and the items I would be trading with others. My neighbor had sold me his gym shoes for a number of cinnamon rolls, danishes, and iced honey buns. His cellmate agreed to buy bags of potato chips in exchange for additional quantities of a product I wanted. I also made an agreement with another person to trade a few things. I assume the quotas are to prevent inmates from stocking up on commissary or to make sure there is enough for everyone. The prison store often runs out of various things. After spending an hour making up my list, I thought it was a waste of time when the lockdown was announced. Prisoners may not submit their lists for weeks now.

The man I intended to trade commissary with goes to the Health Care Unit twice a day to be given Tylenol #3. Medical staff do not trust prisoners to be handed the pain reliever with codeine in it while in their cells. He returned after most men had been locked up and I asked him if he heard what the cause of the lockdown was so I could estimate how long I would be eating peanut butter sandwiches. He told me he heard a "European" from the Roundhouse "got down ugly" on a lieutenant while chow lines were being run. My neighbor continued to say a "code 3" was called on the radio which means medical attention is immediately needed, although he did not see the lieutenant or anyone else brought into the H.C.U. while he was there.

My neighbor who is black expressed surprise that a white man could fight so well. I asked him what gave him the impression white people could not fight and he said it was just from his experience in prison. I had just watched the political program "The McLaughlin Group" where most of the discussion was about the "shellacking" Mitt Romney gave Obama in the presidential debate earlier in the week. I asked my neighbor who goes by an Islamic name if he did not see the ass whooping Romney gave his black brother Hussein Obama. I told him the white man pummeled the president in front of 70 million viewers and he just curled up in a ball like a sissy. Black people are just good at talking a good game, but when it comes down to it, there is nothing to back up their words. Clint Eastwood was correct to portray Obama as an empty chair. He was exposed as the emperor with no clothes on. My neighbor agreed Obama "got bitch slapped" on national TV and Romney was "on top of his game" but still thought most Caucasians in the penitentiary could not fight well. I did not address the matter further but there was some truth to what he said.

Many Caucasians live soft and sheltered lives in the suburbs. They are not exposed to the violence common in the inner city ghettos. Black and Mexican convicts typically are gang bangers who grew up in tough neighborhoods. Furthermore, white people who come to the penitentiary are far outnumbered by minorities. All too often I see white men intimidated, beaten up, or taken advantage of. It is sometimes embarrassing to see how cowardly these men can be. I noticed that October is now touted by the liberal media as anti-bully month, but this is the last thing white kids and adolescents need to be taught. They need to learn how to deal with bullies and the hard licks in life instead of being coddled and embracing pacifism. It is no wonder that Western Civilization has become weak and uncompetitive with the world.

The information I received from my neighbor seemed to be inaccurate later when I spoke with staff. According to what they said, the inmates who beat up the lieutenant were Mexican. There was a perception a Hispanic gang mobbed up after the white shirt became rude and disrespectful. He may have even thrown the first punch. When guards rushed in to the inner circle of the chow hall, they were engaged as well. The rumble carried on for a while despite multiple rifle shots by the guard in the overlooking gun tower. Apparently, passions ran too high for anyone to stand down despite the threat of being killed.

While writing this, my neighbor told me a guard who works in our cell house broke his wrist fighting the inmates. This is the second time he has injured himself running to assist in some disturbance or another. The man next door tells me because the guard is Iraqi he is always trying to prove himself. I do not believe his ethnic background has anything to do with it. He was working on the movement line and it was his duty to assist when trouble broke out. Most guards do have a comrada amongst themselves and think of terms of us versus them. Possibly, he has these same thoughts, but he has always been friendly and professional toward me and most inmates from what I have observed. I told my neighbor that his repeated injuries to his wrist or hand may be due to improper swings when he punches and not just an overzealousness to get involved in every hostility.

Fights occur quite frequently in maximum security prisons. However, it is not a regular occurrence that a lieutenant is beaten up. The administration may want to collectively punish the inmates of Stateville by placing us on an extended lockdown. If there is gang involvement, and I am still not certain if this is the case, that will be yet another reason for the entire prison to be kept in their cells and fed bad food. Phone, visitation, and other privileges could be suspended for the month. I speculate it will depend on the circumstances of the incident and the thinking of the warden. Because the Roundhouse is semi-isolated, the building may be kept on a longer lockdown, and be subject to greater retaliation.

In the news this week was the sale of Thomson C.C. to the federal government. Illinois built the prison a decade ago but it has remained unused. The state faces a fiscal crisis especially with looming pension liabilities of over $100 billion. It has never been able to fund the operation of the facility and there has been much ridicule the maintenance of Thomson cost $1 million each year despite having no inmates there. Barack Obama years ago proposed buying it to hold foreign combatants currently in Guantanamo Bay, but this was blocked by the U.S. Congress. However, it will now be used to hold other federal convicts.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stated his desire to also sell Tamms to the federal government. Currently, shut down plans are in limbo due to the guards' union filing a court injunction. Many guards and security personnel are opposed to the closure of the state's only supermax. They contend it will create a danger to the IDOC if these prisoners are placed in other penitentiaries. Inmates at Stateville were quick to conclude the most recent incident was deliberately provoked. I agree there is a desire to demonstrate to the governor the need for Tamms. However, I doubt the lieutenant even if he instigated the incident was trying to influence the cuts to the IDOC. Many guards and lieutenants can act belligerantly as well as inmates. There will always be hostilities in a maximum security penitentiary.

It is late now that I conclude this post and I am very tired. I will go to sleep hoping further cuts to the IDOC will continue along with cuts to its population. Administrators and security are apparently set on increasing control over inmates' lives despite shrinking funding and an increasing population of despondent inmates who have no chance of ever being released. This is an excessive oppression for all the animals at the Stateville Zoo, especially myself. Earlier I compared myself to the falcon, but this falcon has had its wings clipped long ago and lives miserably in a cage. Tonight I will dream of a time before my arrest when I was free to soar high into the sky. There is nothing like liberty and I doubt readers can truly appreciate it until it is taken away.

35 comments:

  1. You should contact the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University. If that one wont accept your case try to contact other law schools because there are professors and law students willing to take and investigate cases pro bono. Also there are criminal defence attorneys willing to work pro bono as well. Or for a fee if you win. Kathleen Zellner I think is her name. The spelling my be wrong. It may be Catherine. Not sure. She deals with wrongfully accused cases.Also you may want to try to get a new trial based on new evidence. DNA? Witness testimony? Sentencing? Your Autism and disabitity? Were your rights violated during questioning or before questioning?Your new trial may lead you to be convicted again but you also may be able to be paroled. They will take into consideration time served as well.Try to get a new trial based on your sentencing . I don't know the detailed facts of your case and if you are innocent or guilty, but you need to try for a new trial. I hope your case is resolved for you and for the victim as well. Also, your jury may have been tainted if they had knowledge of your being accused of a previous crime you did not committ. Was there a lawsuit filed by you for the previous arrest where you wrongfully accused? In the meantime, you can contact the American Civil Liberties Union, the John Howard Association, and American with Disabilities organizations. The American Bar Association. At minimum you should be in a single cell if you are autistic and having difficulties in close quarters. There is also an organization called Autism Speaks for info and help. I will pray for you and the victim's family. I just came across your blog and am reading them. Just an average person online. Goodluck. PS you should also be on a special food program because research is pending that certain diets and food coloring can possibly make autism symptoms worse. Goodluck.

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    1. Over the years, I have written numerous law schools across the country. The ones which replied told me they were only interested in DNA cases or those who were wrongfully convicted of directly killing someone and not via a theory of accountability. Convictions based on accountability are much more difficult to disprove. Some law schools simply said they already had far too many cases/requests and could not take mine, including the Medill Innocence Project at N.W. University. However, their investigative journalism class under Prof. David Protess did accept my case until his students were threatened.

      After my family put together a $15,000 retainer, I was represented by Prof. Daniel Coyne of Chicago-Kent Law School. Coyne was a difficult man to work with because he did not like me challenging his opinions and strategy. He quit after he learned I was seeking opinions from other lawyers. When the Univ. of Chicago began their new Innocence project, Tara Thompson was interested in taking my case. I met with her a few times. However, the program at the school is now run by the firm of Loevy & Loevy and someone at the firm did not want to tackle my case.

      Kathleen Zellner is a very well known criminal defense lawyer and is very finicky what cases she takes now. Like most law schools, she only wants to represent clients with DNA cases that are easy to win. I have spoken to prisoners who had her as an attorney before she became famous and they did not recommend her. A couple of them fired her in fact. Letters to her from my family went unanswered.

      Eventually, I will file a successive post conviction appeal with or without any help, and raise the issues you mention along with others. If I gain a new trial, I will not be convicted again. I would not have been convicted to begin with if I did not have a trial attorney who told my jury the lies of the interrogating officer were true. My suspicion in the Palatine Massacre also did not help matters.

      The autism and other organizations you cite will not be able to get me any accommodations in prison. Prison administrators do not care and the only distinction they see between one prisoner and another is their identification number. A single man cell is a near impossibility in the IDOC. There is a huge problem of overcrowding. At Stateville, I cannot even chose who I am celled with let alone not having a cellmate. The difficulty of gaining a special accommodation in prison, even a simple one, is similar to the enormous battle to have my case heard by the court again.

      Thank you for your suggestions and attempts to help. When you read more you will discover how challenging my situation is. There are no easy solutions.

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  2. One of the only barriers I can see, with regard to Paul's case and a potential hope for a new trial one day, is that (unless I'm mistaken) there is no alternative theory. Which is to say, someone indeed obviously murdered the victim in this case, and chopped him up. He's convicted for his part in that.

    But, like with the Memphis Three there was always evidence to point at an alternative theory (or theories) and over time more and more people came to realize that most likely the alternative was true. Not only is Paul's case very obscure, but when looked into more no one has ever come up with anything besides the theory that Paul either knew about the murder or was complicit in some way (I'm not saying he was or wasn't ; I really don't know, but that is what is on the record and that is what will be looked at). What they should work on doing, along with the other good suggestions above, is establishing another theory of what in fact happened. People are entangled like the three of them were (the victim, and Paul and his co-defendant) in low-level criminal activity, then the victim turns up dead and mutilated. That implicates the other two, frankly. Somebody had to kill this guy.

    So, if I were a judge or attorney, my first questions in my mind would be, "ok, if you didn't do it, what do you REALLY know about it? And who, if anyone, do you suspect DID this??". Otherwise it's flimsy, at best, and he'll be likely re-convicted (perhaps not without a chance for parole, I don't know, but I don't think a complete not guilty verdict / time served go home now, is very likely here).

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    1. xx, you really don't know the facts of this case. Read the information on the side bar.

      Also I want to remind you that it is nearly impossible to know what someone is thinking or aware of. What if I said you knew who the real killer was? How could you prove I was wrong? Just by saying so?

      I think it's ridiculous for any cop or judge to insist on what someone knows--no one knows what anyone else is really thinking or paying attention to. Have you ever been thinking about something else when with a group of people? Then someone asks you a question, and you say "What?" because you weren't paying attention?

      For the judge or jury at Paul's trial to believe Paul knew what plans the other guy had is a stretch, in my opinion. I am married, but I often have no idea what my spouse is thinking about!

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    2. May S.--Unfortunately my attorney Bill Von Hoene refused to contest the interrogating officer's testimony. He even went on to tell my jury in closing arguments I did know what my co-defendant was going to do and lent him my car anyway. I was stunned but there was nothing I could do.

      Earlier in the trial, I had a vehement argument with Bill. I demanded he recall Dep.Chief John Robertson to cross examine him properly this time. I also demanded he put on all my witnesses who would contradict the police officer as well as myself. Von Hoene refused and threatened he would quit. I should have allowed him to do so. I should have fired him! However, I was under so much pressure and stress at the time. I also was under the belief I would have to represent myself for the rest of the trial.

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    3. xx -- I am incredulous you comment there is no alternative theory. Bob Faraci admitted to many people that he killed the victim and then dismembered his body. Although I was his roommate, I did not lend him my car nor did he ever tell me he was going to shoot Dean Fawcett. These were fabrications made by my interrogating officer, John Robertson, which my trial attorney failed to contest at trial. I can prove my innocence if the courts ever allow my appeals to proceed. More than likely there will never be a retrial at that point because the prosecutor will simply drop the charges.

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  3. That's funny, having a life sentence and required to "behave." What happens if you don't behave? They add another life sentence? Weak politicians beaten up by their wives at home are acting tough here..."tough on crime and criminals" which makes those coming out furious with the society who stood by and enjoyed the show...Oh well...I think all with natural life should just ask to be executed! Why put up with the humiliations for? To be an exemplary inmate? Is one thing if time is reduced or something but to obey idiots rulling IDOC so papers won't criticize them...neah...ask for execution. That should get some reporters'attention. Parents should march on Springfield..."execute our son, you bastards,"...then let's see the State's evidence and how solid it is for the sentences they gave away. I am slowly realizing that judges are not at fault anymore...it is the prosecutors who are making a career of long sentences and the minimum sentencing guildelines that will turn society into Congo because humans could not flourish in sick societies...never did, never will. Ask them to just execute every lifer, what the ef...

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    1. agree. makes no sense to keep men alive for 30 to 50 years in a cage. feed them and give some minor medical care too. For what? They will all die and be buried on the prison grounds some day. it makes no sense to give a life sentence. just kill them all.

      the judges should NOT be allowed to dish out life sentences. it's ridiculous and cruel. Even the constitution says that prison sentences should be given with "regard to rehabilitation and returning one to society." So, life sentences are unconstitutional, unless you are 70 years or older already! the governments and judges are out of control.

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    2. Depends on the type of crimes. There are some people who, in my opinion at least, through their own action(s) forfeit the right to live ever again in a normal 'free' society beyond prison walls. Such as Paul's friend inside, Mr. Anthony Mertz. Look up his case. This man deserves to never see regular society outside of a max-security prison setting ever again, so long as he lives. Due to the severity and brutality of the crime(s), quite frankly. Something so bad, such an atrocious act can only be repaid either through death (which IL has officially opted out of) or permanent imprisonment.

      There are some people who are so dangerous or who have done something so atrocious they literally need to be imprisoned permanently, for the rest of society's safety but also frankly as retribution. I'm anti-death penalty personally, but the above is my personal view on long sentences and LWOP.

      "Protracted living death", as Paul sometimes calls it, live "burial" so to speak, in this Dante's Inferno sort of setting, is quite appropriate for some or perhaps many or even most of the men in these max- and super-max facilities. That's why grim facilities like these are ultimately necessary and that's why police, prosecutors, CO's, prison admin, etc, DO ultimately serve a valid and useful purpose to us all, whether we like it or not.

      Don't get me wrong, America sentences FAR too many and far too heavily in general, for crimes that oftentimes don't fit the time. That's plain to be seen. And let's not even START about crazy long sentences for things like marijuana! But there are some or many w/in the System for whom the time DOES fit the crime. And for them I feel no sorrow or pity, and would do nothing to help at all, given what they've done.

      However, having said all that, Paul Modrowski is in my view NOT one of those people, and not one who should be serving LWOP. I mean, without even the possibility of parole, after 20 yrs already?!!? All for having possibly lent his car to someone, based upon the flimsy sort of 'accountability' in this case? No evidence he KNEW the victim was going to be killed while the alleged killer allegedly used Paul's car (and the co-defendant I believe was eventually found not guilty anyway!). And furthermore Paul and his defenders claim they have solid alibis for where that car actually was during the time of the murder. Their fatal error then, if that is indeed the case, was simply never presenting that alibi for that car's whereabouts.

      This man (Paul) is an example of the time NOT fitting the crime. Let's hope one day he wins freedom. Further, even if he HAD loaned his car to someone who had committed a murder while using it, by this time I believe sufficient length would have been essentially served for that action either way, provided Paul himself had not been an active conspirator in the actual murder. If I can see it this way, as Joe Citizen, then I believe a (new) jury of 12 can easily see it this way as well, provided they are shown, A) he did NOT know this other guy was going to be killed and/or he did not actively conspire in any plot to do so, and B) he did not even lend his car to the co-defendant and there are solid alibis to prove that.

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  4. Wut happend that ur lockdwn....I'm wrry my man think he @ f.house..by the way wut is f.house stand for help.....

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  5. Why ain't got a reply back?

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    1. Mail in and out of Stateville is very slow. Sometimes Paul's outgoing letters sometimes take 2-3 weeks to leave the prison's mailroom! I am sure if Paul knows about "your man" he will write a response--but it can take a month or more before appearing here!

      My understanding is that only Paul's mail is this slow, so obviously someone there doesn't like the blog. But it could just be coincidence too.

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  6. I'm wrry haven't heard from my man?think he @ f.house...wut is f.house..is it any kind of trouble house...I hope he nt in trouble...); miss hearin frommy man....

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    1. neah, Paul is in no trouble. Just got a little life sentence for not being able to prove where his car was, that's all, nothing to worry about. Lockdown? Ha, he is on lockdown for just 19 years so again, nothing serious here. He is a hard-core criminal who deserves to be executed because society needs to be protected from people who can't prove their car was where they say it was. So Paul is fine and dandy...society is safe, everybody is happy except your English teacher.

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    2. Paul certainly can prove where his car was that night! The problem was his trial attorney refused to allow his alibi witnesses to testify! They were at the courthouse, and their names were on the defense witness list too. The defense plan was to have Paul and his witnesses testify, but at the 11th hour the lead attorney changed his strategy and decided that under the law you do not have to defend yourself--the burden of proof is on the state. Thus he decided not to call any of them to testify.

      Now I know that IN THEORY the lawyer was correct, but now days jurors expect to hear from the defense--if you have one. I've asked other lawyers about this and all told me that IF they actually had alibi witnesses they most certainly would put them on the stand regardless of what the constitution says because too many people don't know or believe they actually have rights!!

      Next you will wonder why no other lawyers have brought this up on appeal. I was told that you can only appeal things that were NOT KNOWN at the time of trial. You must appeal NEW information or mistakes made by the judge. Paul's witnesses are not new--everyone knew about them. It was Paul's lawyer's decision not to call them to the witness stand which the appellate court would dismiss as "TRIAL STRATEGY."

      Good lawyers are hard to find. Paul's lawyers have made serious mistakes that are nearly impossible to correct now.

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  7. I think that simply based on what we've learned about our leadership in Illinois over the years Paul deserves his case be looked at again.I mean how is it Casey Anthony is not incarcerated and this man is? If not grant him parole at least give this another look and
    hopefully without any other crimes ( Brown's Chicken Murders ) clouding the picture this whole situation can be seen for what it was and not what it was whipped into. A man being tried for one crime
    while judged and sentenced for something that was totally irrelevant to his case.

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    1. Agree with you. It would be so wonderful if even one juror would come forward and admit they voted guilty only because they believed the news media push that Paul was the "primary suspect" in the Browns Chicken Massacre. Just ONE is needed!

      I bet that even the judge thought this way, thus the outrageous sentence for allegedly lending his car.

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  8. I'm writing President Obama and I ENCOURAGE all others to do the same. Asking the President that in the event he is unfortunately not re-elected to a second term and the opportunity arises to grant a pardon for someone who has been incarcerated on questionable and controversial grounds. I'm asking that as one final display of compassion he pardon Paul Modrowski. This would be the perfect deal because a pardon is not necessarily an admission of guilt or innocence. The State of Illinois would not be admitting to any wrongful doing. Paul could not hold them liable. It's a win/win situation for everyone.

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    1. Obama is a federal employee. He cannot tell a governor what to do with a state prisoner. But since he's a Democrat and so is Gov. Quinn, a little whisper may not hurt, right?!

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    2. Obama is President of the US. He can pardon anyone he chooses to.

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  9. Paul, where the heck ate ya? Hardly any posts in October!!!

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  10. I love your blog paul, keep writing please!! :)

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  11. Have you been able to obtain the discoveries from Luna's trial? I read somewhere that there were over 17,000 pages!
    I'm also curious about any new updates. Has anyone from the police department come forward (from the night of your arrest). Any journalists with contact info from anyone who may have been a witness to the interrogation?
    Would you be willing to elaborate on how the journalists were threatened? I would imagine that someone out here would love to publicize that info. I believe the more you get people talking, the better chance you'll have of being put back in the spotlight. With that, I can't imagine they will be able to ignore your case any longer.
    Has anyone read the blog and other information about the corruption in certain police departments (at the time of these murders)? The person who writes it seems to have some serious allegations and may actually be of some service to your case. Let me know if you have trouble finding it and ill email links.

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    1. To Anonymous above: I have never been able to procure any of the Palatine Task Force discovery. The discovery is actually so voluminous that it was put on 15 CDs.

      I wish someone at the Rolling Meadows Police Dept. on 4/28 and 4/29/93 (when I was being interrogated) would come forward as well, or the journalists who reported that I was being uncooperative. They resist giving up their source and my attorney believes it is a waste of time trying to find people who worked at that police station on those dates. Fellow police officers are unlikely to snitch on their own, although it is possible other staff may be willing to give information.

      Students at the Northwestern U investigative journalism class did work on my case until they were threatened with violence if they did not stop snooping around and asking questions. Specifically, they were threatened to be killed, along with their families. Their teacher, Prof. Protess, quickly thereafter pulled them off my case. It is unfortunate because I could have really used their help.

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  12. I hope that someone from the media (or a journalist in the process of making a name for themselves) will read this and 'run with it'. Once it's in the media, it would be difficult for those threats to hold up. If someone does decide to persue any of this, I feel that involving ALL areas of the media would be best.
    Can any of the blog helpers copy some of these posts and email them to the herald news, sun times, tribune etc? Some of these comments may be enough to gain their attention; followed by a blog link.. Just an idea

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    1. This is a good idea and it would be even better if readers would forward posts to media outlets rather than myself or the few volunteers who work on this blog. The mass media has ignored my blog and the injustice of my criminal conviction. They were very enthusiastic reporting slander and my suspicion in the Palatine Browns Chicken Massacre after my arrest. Their reporting at trial was also slanted and unfavorable. However, with the encouragement of readers and after 20 years, possibly they may have a different attitude.

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  13. Paul, the more I read your blog the more I dislike you. " The 350 tub of lard " you are 40 years old don't you think its a bit childish to make fun of someone for their appearance? If this man chooses to be fat then so be it. You choose to be a pompous self important jerk with no justification for it. You are a convicted murderer and nothing more than a prison number and a statistic. Criticism for the sake of criticism stings doesn't it ?

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    1. No, your criticism doesn't sting one bit. I am convicted of murder with a prison identification number. However, I am innocent and have no control over my circumstance while a fat tub of lard does.

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    2. You have control over acting like a jerk.

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    3. At least you haven't lost your sense of humor, Paul ! ! !

      I was wondering though, what crime did the "fat tub of lard" commit? Was he always fat? With such awful prison food, its hard to believe he got fat since living at Stateville!

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    4. Anon. of Feb. 3: "The Elephant" AKA "The Eclipse" AKA "GevAss" was freebasing crack cocaine when his 2 infant children began to cry. The crying upset Gevass so much that he threw them into a fall or some furniture. I am uncertain if the toddlers died immediately, but they were both dead when their mother returned. He was tried and convicted of 2 first degree murders.

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  14. Yeah, Gevas is not the most sympathetic person considering his case.

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  15. Gevas looks a bit like a deranged Curly Howard. Nyuk, nyuk nyuk....

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  16. 5'11" + 300lbs = fat tub of lard

    Gevas was sentenced on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his 9-month-old twins, John and Jessica, in October 1992. He was accused of throwing the infants across the room because they were crying too loudly. Each of the twins, who according to court documents had been abused previously by Gevas, suffered fatal injuries.

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