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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Company You Keep -- Jan. 18, 2014

"All for one and one for all. The actions of one are the actions of all," the prosecutor theatrically told my jury while making references to the Three Musketeers. The state was unable to prove I killed or participated in killing Dean Fawcett. There was no evidence to show I was even at the crime scene so the assistant state's attorneys argued that I was guilty by a theory of accountability. Robert Faraci was my "friend, good pal, and partner in crime" and I lived with him and his wife before and after the murder. According to one of the detectives who interrogated me, I admitted knowing Faraci's plans and yet I let him use my car. While the prosecution and police were so intently focused on weaving this web to ensnare me, the actual killer's jury allowed him to escape unpunished. Faraci was acquitted of the murder and having rebuilt his life is unwilling to help me. Others connected to this case, including his former wife, also have moved on and apparently do not want to look back or get involved. For over 20 years I have languished in prison for the company I kept. I wish I also could move on with my life or what is left of it.

Last weekend, I enjoyed watching the NFL Playoff games. I did not watch them at home on a big television screen while eating good food or drink. Nor did I watch the games at an off track betting sports bar with plenty of friends like I imagine my former friend Bob did. I was as usual confined to a prison cell with the company of my cellmate. The 13" Secureview television set I have wedged between a bar and the bunk above me is so small the picture is cut off at the margins. My once co-defendant and part time bookmaker would have probably been impressed that I picked 3 of the 4 games against the spread and even predicted all of the over/unders. Bob was not here to congratulate me, but my cellmate paid homage to my feat. Yes, I was a big winner, I told him. This makes up for all the years I have spent in prison.

Monday morning, lunch lines were started at 9 a.m. I had not finished my cell workout and did not go to chow. As I exercised, I could see men walking down the staircase from the upper galleries. One of the prisoners was Juan Luna who I did not know was moved to C House the week prior. In January of 1993, a little over 21 years ago, Luna along with James Degorski, murdered 7 people at a Brown's Chicken and Pasta restaurant in Palatine, Illinois. The mass murder stunned the Chicago area public and was the focus of intense media coverage. Months later with the crime still unsolved, Robert Faraci and his wife attempted to frame me of it to save themselves in the murder of Dean Fawcett. At the county jail, Robert told me he felt no pains of conscience for that or the other lies he made up because he had no intentions of testifying against me. The cop who claimed I lent him my car is who I should blame. Juan Luna also thinks he is not responsible for my conviction and has not given me discovery which may help in my exoneration.

Stateville has a new warden and after my workout he was walking around the cell house with the warden from Pontiac. Occasionally, wardens from other penitentiaries will discuss administrative issues and be given a tour. From what I was told, they stopped at the bottom of the stairs to look up where a prisoner had jumped to his death recently. It was probably just out of curiosity and I doubt they contemplated how some men would rather die than live under such conditions. In fact, they may have thought that more rules, security, and manpower were needed. The answer to any incident always seems to be more "cow bell".

Tuesday morning I went to the small yard to workout despite the cold weather and snow showers. The yard is essentially two concrete basketball courts surrounded by cyclone fencing and razor wire. A bench and a couple of barbells were put out there and about ten men waited for their turn to use the weights. Other men walked about on the ice and snow or just stood in place talking. The prison administration seeks to discourage inmates from being physically fit. In the gym, three universal machines have gone unrepaired for years until currently only a lat pull down bar and shoulder press unit work. The repairs would cost little and I have heard charity groups have even offered to donate new equipment but were rebuffed.

Before my arrest, I had a wide array of weight lifting equipment to use. At my home, the weights, bars, benches, and etc. were kept in immaculate condition. The steel even glistened like polished chrome. Occasionally, I would work out with a professional wrestler who had converted his entire garage into a gym which may have even impressed the likes of Hulk Hogan. When I lived with Bob and Rose in Florida, the club house had a nice workout room along with a large outdoor pool and hot tub. Those days are long over for me, but I am told Faraci is in good physical shape now and has membership at one of those fancy gyms which became popular after my imprisonment. While I was bench pressing a frigidly cold and rusted barbell with snow coming down on my face, I thought how nice that must be.

After yard, prisoners were brought to the chow hall. A kitchen worker grabbed a couple of slices of what inmates call "slick meat" and slapped it on my tray. Slick meat is a slimy off-color imitation bologna. What a great post-workout meal I thought. I brought the stale bread, however, back with me to the cell to make a tuna sandwich. While I was eating by the cell bars, my neighbor complained of food poisoning. Last night he said he was up late vomiting and had diarrhea. Regularly, prisoners become ill due to bad or poorly handled food. The kitchen also has a roach and rodent problem and if this was not enough to make you think twice about eating the food, trays are not washed properly. In line, I go through tray after tray with food still stuck on them. Convicts have all sorts of communicable diseases and germs. In fact, the Minimum Security Unit was put on lockdown this week due to a flu epidemic.

In the evening, my cellmate filled his meaningless existence by watching TV as usual. While watching an episode of "Supernatural" a lieutenant walked by and jokingly asked if he needed a pair of glasses. My cellmate sits a foot away from his TV almost as if he is trying to get into the picture. I tried to fill the void in my life studying some corporate reports. I am still missing many essential fundamentals but I tried to do my best. Later, I wrote the Willow Creek Church in South Barrington. Despite being a nonbeliever, I thought they deserved a thank you letter for their Christmas donation.

The last Christmas I celebrated before my arrest was in 1992 while I lived with Bob Faraci and his wife. I remember buying a tree with them and tying it precariously to the roof of their Pontiac Firebird. Later, I helped Rose with decorations and presents. It was nice to share the holiday with them and in my prison cell I wondered how Rose celebrated Christmas last month. She has since remarried and her new name is Zerillo. She still lives in the Chicago area but is now in her mid-40s and has children. One of them is as old as the number of years I have been in the IDOC. I never received a Christmas card or anything from her all this time. In fact, when contacted, she does not even want to talk about the past.

Christmas cards are just beginning to be received by prisoners. The mail is so delayed that even letters post dated mid-December have yet to be processed. A prisoner nicknamed Chub (short for chubby) told me both his outgoing and incoming mail is a month behind. He also mentioned how he thinks emails forwarded to him are being taken by mail room staff. Later in the week, I spoke with my neighbor Leprechaun again while in the chow hall. He was feeling better now but complained about how he just received a Christmas card and a Catholic Calendar from a priest. With news of the pope just recently defrocking 400 priests, I had to joke with him that possibly the calendar was held up because of questionably lewd content. I asked, "Did the calendar have pictures of fat naked boys or babies disguised in Michelangelo style paintings?"

Leprechaun, like many of the men incarcerated at Stateville for numerous years, rarely ever receives any mail. He also has never received a visit, to my knowledge. Prisoners often become estranged from family and friends. I can imagine that being my circumstance in the not too distant future. Midweek, I received a visit from my mother, however, she continues to be very sick and frail. It seems I should be the one visiting her and trying to take care of her needs. Earlier today, I called home and was surprised to have my sister answer. She and my brother-in-law had stopped by to see how my mother was doing. I have not spoken to my brother-in-law in over a decade and was glad to hear he was fixing a water pump and a couple of other things in need of repair. I told him he should stop by the prison and although he said he would, I doubt he will. I rarely see anyone lately and soon I may be like Leprechaun receiving only a card for Christmas in late January. Oddly, I have not received any cards yet, but possibly they will arrive next week or in February.

In the visiting room I noticed the new vending machines prisoners were talking about. The prices were indeed double what they were previously. I told my mother not to buy a debit card and she said she could not even if she had wanted to. Apparently, the machine in the waiting room only accepted $5 bills which she did not have. The reason the vending machine service provider was changed was to give the contract to a government owned business which will pass along profits to the IDOC. It amazes me how the state continues to squeeze prisoners, their families, or the public in general while recklessly blowing away enormous amounts of money.

When I returned to the cell, I discovered a prison worker had saved me a lunch tray. On it was a small wedge of cheese pizza. Since I wrote my post "Prison Pizza" it seems kitchen supervisors are having the meal made more often. It does not cost much money and prisoners like it despite how unfilling it is. I added some commissary bought sardines in tomato sauce as a topping and was still hungry. However, later when watching Survivorman I made myself some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

My friend Brian Palasz, the last I heard went by the name Briante Palazaeno, loved Italian food. Actually, he loved most any food, but I wonder if he would love the food served at Stateville. Readers may not be aware of this, but Brian and not I could have been in prison these last 20 years. Bob Faraci initially told police that Brian had planned and was an active participant in Fawcett's murder. A woman named Nadine Lenarczak also claimed it was Brian who bullied the victim at a mall the day before, and that it was him who forced Fawcett into a car. However, when police told Bob that Brian had an alibi, he recanted his story. Nadine also changed her statements and testified that I was the bully. At trial, Brian admitted knowing Bob Faraci desired to kill Fawcett but denied being involved. For years he has been paranoid of being charged with the murder. Bob and Brian even threatened students from Northwestern's Investigative Journalism class led by Professor David Protess to stay away. Although I believe Bob alone or with the assistance or conspiracy of his wife killed Fawcett, I also know Brian has information beneficial to my exoneration. No one has been able to locate him in years.

Thursday, I once again went outside to the yard to lift weights. While I was standing around waiting for my turn prisoners spoke about a news segment on TV the previous day. Apparently, the local Fox news reported the Illinois legislature was finally drafting a bill to address a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year which forbid the states from giving juveniles sentences of life without parole. I did not pay much attention to the talk because it does not apply to me. I was 18 years old by 28 days and the state only considers those under 18 to be juveniles. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling only applies to juveniles where the judge did not have discretion to give any punishment but LWOP. Trial judge Sam Amirante could have sentenced me to 20 years under the statute.

Yesterday a prisoner in Missouri was executed for a rape and murder. He had been on death row for 25 years and interestingly it took 25 minutes to kill him. Apparently, something went wrong with the lethal injection process. I told my cellmate who was watching the news that I would prefer immediate firing squad and just be done with it. The appellate system was largely a facade and there was no point suffering in prison until I died of natural causes. I doubted my conviction would ever be overturned despite being able to prove I did not lend my car. Even if the court entertained my case, the prosecutor would still argue I was guilty by association.

Later we watched a DVD movie shown on the prison cable system produced and starred in by Robert Redford. It was called "The Company You Keep" and was about the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground was a radical left-wing group in the early 1970s which promoted revolution. They were similar to the SLA or Symbionese Liberation Army which had committed bombings, bank robberies, and murders. Most people probably remember the SLA for kidnapping Patty Hearst and brainwashing her to become a member. Similar to the Weather Underground, those that were not arrested changed their names and lived as fugitives for decades sometimes. James Kilgore who currently works at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana was not arrested until 2002, for example.

The film "The Company You Keep" is mainly about a man who was once a part of the Weather Underground but after being falsely accused in a bank robbery changed his name and over the years rebuilt his life. He currently was a successful defense lawyer and father when a reporter caught onto his real identity. While eluding the police, he tried to reconnect with the person who actually committed the crime and to convince her to turn herself in. The woman was in hiding and was not easy to locate. He went to the co-founder of the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, who now works at the University of Chicago and who interestingly was a colleague of fellow socialist and now president, Barack Obama. Ayers gave him some help grudgingly. He did not want to be discovered helping a fugitive or for his past to be reexamined. Finally, the character played by Robert Redford was able to meet and persuade the former girlfriend to surrender to police and clear his name.

Unlike Robert Redford, I have no sympathy for radical left wing groups like the SLA or the Weather Underground. In fact, our politics are at the opposite sides of the spectrum. However, I do sympathize with those who are wrongfully accused of crimes largely in part due to their past associations. For over 20 years I have been in prison for a murder I was not even aware took place simply because of the people I was around. Over this time, I have tried to get various people to help me out, but unlike in the movie, I am in prison. I have no way to reach out to them except through intermediaries. Some of the people have moved away, changed their names, or rebuilt their lives. They have families, friends, jobs, and reputations at stake or simply just do not care. They have moved on and do not want to look back even if it is to save me from continuing to languish in prison. Hopefully, the courts will eventually overturn my conviction despite the company I kept when I was a teenager.

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  1. You say Luna doesn't give you discovery. Ok...why not? Everything happens for a reason so find out exactly why not? He has life, so he's not going anywhere either way so you can't hurt him even if you want. Now, let's say he is just stubborn like you with your crazy Republicans...no problem, work around the blockage! People will do anything for whatever they care about and in Luna's case it must be either legacy which could be improved if he does something good, or god which is waiting to kick his catholic butt as soon as he's dead or money which works with anyone. Work on him but try not to be your usual Paul always right, cold like a Nazi, ok? Don't see yourself as a victim while talking to Luna, do you think he gives a damn about victims? I would rather present myself with the one who will bring down 50 prosecutors just to see their families screwed over by lawyers...that Luna might respond to. Remember, there is always a reason for anything: Luna is not responding because you keep presenting the wrong reasons, the ones that don't wake up any emotion in the guy. I'm curious how are you going to handle this little problem you seem to have...Of course the other thing to do if they won't re-try you is to ask for the death penalty: tell them you killed all those people in Brown's restaurant and Luna is a liar actually. The public loves blood so they will demand new trial to hang you this time for real...maybe this way you get to walk. If you lose...too bad, you don't like being locked-up anyway so execution won't matter much, right? Either way you win...call off their bluff or make Luna respond to whatever Luna responds to and don't forget to let us know.

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    1. Paul should contact Luna's trial lawyer. He probably still has access to those documents that could help him.

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    2. Asking for the death penalty is pointless in IL. He can ask all he wants; it has been officially abolished in the state of Illinois. The state won't kill anyone anymore. Likely will never be reinstated. I would like to ask Paul what his exchanges with Luna thus far have been like, if there have in fact been any beyond the original which he discussed in a post a long time ago when Luna first arrived at S-ville. I would say, in all actuality, it's not really Luna's "fault" per se, that you (Paul) are locked up, but it is def.the fault of the Faraci's obviously. What happened seems to have been that your case got somehow blended in or confused with the Brown's Chicken murders, but, that's not really Luna's fault directly. He never implicated you, as far as I know. You wouldn't honestly expect a guy who kills 7 innocent people for no earthly reason, to just offer himself up in order to free or lessen the sentence of a total stranger, right? Well, I wouldn't... You figure if those two wastes were even paying attention to the news at all, and heard you were being questioned, etc, about Browns, they'd probably just laughed or felt relieved. Really, had Luna never left that part-eaten chicken there, and/or the one girl never come forward, they'd probably have gotten away with it still to this day. Also, are you actually in for murder Paul? Because the IDOC page says "murder". Or is it more like just a conspiracy to commit, type of thing? The murder rap and the lwop sentence may prevent moving to a much lower security prison, from what I have heard. Unfortunately. Having said all that, I still maintain your case and your name needs more legs in the general public. Somehow. Everyone's heard of Browns. Next to no one outside of devout readers of this blog would know who Dean Fawcett was. (And incidentally Degorski just won a lawsuit against Cook County Jail and one ex-guard in particular who he claimed had beaten him; half a million...).

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    3. What about Degorski? He's Ramen Noodle rich now. Maybe his discovery would help Paul.

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    4. You say asking for death penalty in Il. is pointless as it has being abolished and that Paul needs "name recognition." Duh, asking for something that has being abolished will get you exactly that, name recognition! The crazy people will say "gee, execute him, save money" while the rational ones will ask themselves what got into this guy to ask for his execution....unheard of lately...so they will ask questions, case gets revisited, people do research, voala, name recognition. Before you know it the prosecutors are forced to re-open the case. This is not like Mumia Jaml, the cop killer who kept asking for new trials to walk...this is a "criminal" wanting to get the right penalty for the crime not because he did it but because he wants to prove how insane the case is so he calls their bluff: if I'm but execute me! Request to be executed will make waves and that is what Paul needs: not mercy but another look at the long-buried case. When people realize their kids could end up lifers in prison if any of their friends does a crime...people will realize the system is a little diabolic...and people will get scared..and nobody wants scared public...that is how revolutions are born, out of fear. Politicians know and politicians will do anything to keep the masses pacified and busy with non-sense so they will do something: can't execute Paul and can't ignore the request so what is left? Re-trial. Paul walks because doing 20 years for lending a car, or not, to a non-criminal (not convicted means no criminal)...that is too much. They might have him sign a non-suit agreement but he will walk, no question about it. Paul...start asking for the execution but do it smartly, in a very sane manner otherwise they will use it as a reason to lock you up in some mental place where mail is slower than in Siberia...

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    5. Luna does not have his discovery to read/view. The documents were put on 15 to 20 disks. He is representing himself, however. On a post conviction appeal filed pro se, the clerk will have to print out those documents. When he receives them, I will talk to him again.

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  2. Paul, There is a new website called "change.org" I think it would benefit you if someone can get you on there.

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  3. Sadly, many teenagers hang around with those who they think are "cool," even if they don't share the same values. Many good kids end up on the wrong path, but I always hope they wake up before getting in trouble. That was how I was for a few years, but I finally realized that I was the only one who went to church on Sundays, and I was the only one who did my homework and aced my classes. It took a few years before I realized I was very different from them and liked who I was.

    Those who wrote comments that your blog should be required reading in high schools are right on. Hanging out with bad people, in your case criminals, caused police and even the judge to think you were just like them. Perhaps even your jurors were prejudiced for the same reason. Judges and juries should only look at the evidence, but many think they can use their "common sense". It is so unfair, especially in legal matters. When I was a kid there was a popular saying: "Birds of a feather flock together." Often it is true, but in your case it wasn't. I am saddened by your misfortune and hope you will get justice--soon.

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    1. The saying "Birds of a feather flock together" is one my father often told me. He attempted to prevent me from associating with these men, but the more he tried controlling me, the more I sought independence. It was ironically my father who drove me to move in with Robert Faraci who weeks later killed a man.

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    2. Do your parents believe you are innocent?

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    3. Please tell me you aren't blaming your father.....

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    4. No doofis he isn't blaming his father-- simply explaining how he ended up living with Bob Murderer and his wife.

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    5. No one knows the exact date Fawcett was murdered though.

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    6. That's not what I asked you. I asked: Do your parents believe you are innocent?

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    7. Anonymous of May 4: My parents have no question that neither me nor my car were in Barrington because they know where I was on my father's birthday which is coincidentally the same day prosecutors claim Fawcett was murdered.

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    8. What is your advice to parents of teens who feel they need to keep their sons and daughters from people who are or who could be a bad influence? What would have motivated you to stay away?

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    9. Children must be provided a positive environment to grow up in. This includes strong parental direction and good role models. However, as children age into their teen years, parental control wanes and parents should change their roles. It is wise to have good relationships where communication is open and advice offered does not fall on deaf ears. If you have not created a good foundation with your children, there is little you can do when they reach adolescence in regards to who they choose as friends or anything else.

      You ask what my parents could have done to keep me away from bad associations. Ironically, they were in large part the cause. Rather than be grounded, my sister would just run away from home to do what she wanted. I followed in her footsteps except I just happened to move in with a person who was to commit a murder. I did not seek out criminal associations, but escape and independence. Whoever was able to provide this regardless of their background, I was going to gravitate to.

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    10. I bet that now you wish you had listened to your parents!

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  4. I happened upon your blog last night and couldn't stop reading it. Very interesting. I have a penpal in IDOC through a Christian ministry and wow...your blog definitely gives me insight into the daily life of a prisoner. I know you said you are an atheist but you know I consider your blog to be a ministry in itself. Please keep it up.
    Thank you!

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  5. I got news for Luna. That piece of shit is never getting out. He should hand over his discovery docs to you because he won't be needing them.

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  6. Is this a conspiracy? This person did nothing wrong.

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  7. Can't sleep after I saw this on reddit. This planet is fucked

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  8. Why is this person in jail? He deserve to be free.

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  9. There's only one person besides Paul who's in prison for lending his car. He's a young man in Florida named Ryan (I think). Ryan admitted he did lend his car to his friends BUT didn't know they'd kill anyone. Yup, this country is fucked up. Men in prison for the rest of their lives for lending cars? The driver could have used it to go shopping, or whatever. Who would know what or where the driver was really going? That is simply impossible to prove, yet 2 juries voted these young men "guilty" and that sent them to prison forever. Seriously a fucked up system we all need to fear. Paul, I wrote the governor on your behalf and signed your petition too. I believe you and that kid from Florida are totally innocent.

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    1. I am aware of the conviction of Ryan Holle. There are some striking similarities. Thank you for writing the governor on my behalf.

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    2. However. I think Ryan Holle knew that a crime was going to be committed. I think.

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  10. Where you ever actually arrested for the Brown Chk Murders? Did you than file a lawsuit for false arrest? Or defamation? What did the newspapers report ? The t.v. news etc. ? Did they retract their statements? Maybe there is nothing of value for you in Luna's discovery documents. Wouldn't that (a lawsuit) than give you access to discovery documents? And $$. I'm sure than the victim's family would have the right to any money but your attorney would have access to those documents?? Not sure. But reading about the investigation online for public viewing, it states that both crimes, the alleged murder you were convicted of having some accountability for and the BC murders were similar (according to this article) in that both were done allegedly in a methodical way according to this article. The example given was that at the B.C. murder scene, someone allegedly according the article mopped up and cleaned up the blood and at the alleged murder of the alleged victim of which you were convicted on the theory of accountability, the head was decapitated, and arm and hand allegedly cut off. To possibly hide identity? Also, the article states both alleged crime victims from both scenes were shot. After reading your blogs I became interested in these stories and began to read the articles online. Just bored and curious I guess. Also the article states that both alleged crimes happened so close together as concerning distance which is very rare. So I guess in all fairness you can't blame the investigation to think both were linked? I don't know. Have you ever, (not joking), thought of hiring a real psychic? Just a thought. After reading that article I got chills as to how any human beings could do such horrible things to others. Very scary. I won't sleep for weeks now.

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    1. I was never actually arrested for the Brown's Chicken murders, or any murder. In fact, the warrant for my arrest was issued by a DuPage County judge for missing a court date. The news programs that repeatedly accused me of committing the mass murder cannot be sued because I must prove damages. Since I was convicted in another murder and sent to prison any harm will be considered irrelevant, although in my opinion the news coverage I received in connection to the Palatine massacre contributed to it.

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    2. So wouldn't a prejudiced jury be grounds for an appellate issue based on the jury possibly being prejudicial? Though the judge may not have allowed into trial you being previously questioned for another high profile crime at that time, didn't that judicial denial also prevent questioning by your attorneys of potential jurors on their knowledge of news paper articles read or news watched? So isn't it possible that the jury entered your trial not being able to give you a fair trial? With prejudice already? Wouldn't not knowing if the jurors were prejudice be grounds for a new trial? Also, did your attorneys ask for a change of venue based upon you not being able to get a fair trial due to the media? If your attorneys didn't, than maybe you could claim ineffective counsel? If your attorneys did make objections and the judge overruled you, could you claim the judge was prejudicial or biased? Making rulings while being prejudiced by the media? Could you appeal actual innocence based on your assertions that DNA evidence was lacking in your vehicle?

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    3. Of course DNA evidence was lacking because Paul's car wasn't used for the murder! How come no one searched Faraci's car?

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    4. Tell us about nthe court date that you missed-- what crime did you commit?

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    5. The day Paul's trial began I was shocked to see his photo on the front page of a newspaper with the headline "Brown's Chicken Murder Suspect's Trial Begins". I think Paul's jury was tainted because public opinion, as usual, seems to be formed by news media, both in print and on television. No juror would ever admit to such bias, but I think Paul would not have been convicted had the Brown's Chicken murders been solved before his trial began. Perhaps even the judge was prejudiced. We'll never know.

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    6. Anonymous of 5/9/14: My trial attorneys did ask for a change of venue, and extensive evidence of prejudicial media coverage was introduced at a pre-trial hearing. However, the judge denied the request. He claimed Cook County had the largest pool of jurors and he would allow greater scrutiny of them. In addition to a questionnaire, prospective jurors were questioned individually. My attorney was aloted extra challenges as well, although he did not use them. The judge removed jurors for cause including about 10 who said they thought I was guilty of the Palatine Massacre and could not have an open mind.

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    7. Anonymous of 5/13/14: Awfully presumptuous of you.

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    8. One of the EditorsJune 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Anonymous of 5/13/14: Faraci's car was located and searched by the FBI. A human blood stain was found, but in the early 1990's the lab could not get a complete DNA profile. I will post more information when available.

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    9. Anonymous of 5/9/14: I will try to answer the rest of your questions here. A prejudicial jury would be grounds for a new trial if the defendant can prove a juror was prejudiced. However, just because jurors were exposed to media blaming me in the Palatine Massacre does not in itself prevent them from being fair and deciding the case based on evidence presented in court. I cannot make a claim of actual innocence based on there being no incriminating evidence in my car. However, I can and will ask the court to allow DNA testing of blood found in my co-defendant's car. This will add to other evidence I have showing I did not lend him my car. Hopefully, this answers all your questions.

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  11. Been looking at old news articles about your arrest. There was already a warrant for your arrest for a theft in DuPage county at that time. What was that all about?

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    1. You have done your homework. Oddly, police did not gain a warrant for my arrest for the Fawcett murder nor the Palatine massacre. Possibly, the conflicting statements of Robert Faraci and his wife were not convincing to a judge. In any event, the Palatine Task Force noticed I had missed a court date in DuPage County and used this information to gain an arrest warrant. Until that time none had been issued. The charge stemmed from a misdemeanor theft of some petty change at Franks To You, a hot dog stand in Addison. I was furious with my friend's little brother and was not going to take the weight for his crime. At the time, we were negotiating with the owner and then the prosecutor through an attorney. Jeff admitted to the theft and the charge against me was dropped.

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    2. So what was your reason for skipping the court date?

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    3. Loves to read blogsJune 4, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      You were furious but why did you miss the court date?

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    4. I was in Florida with the Faraci's when the hearing was to occur but my friend's lawyer was to handle the matter which dismissed the charge against me. Ultimately, the complaint was dropped but that did not occur timely enough. I did not know that a warrant for missing the court date had been issued.

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    5. Oh OK I see.
      That response was quick! Mail must be getting out faster!

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    6. Why does an old news article call you a "small time criminal?"

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  12. Can you also explain why there is a news article stating you and your acquitted co defendant allegedly tried to sell a gun at a store together and the store owner testified to that?

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    1. The reason store owner John Fain lied is a long story. However, his testimony that either I or my co-defendent asked him if he wanted to buy a gun was false. I rarely ever spoke to Fain and never had any conversation about firearms with him. While it is possible Faraci did outside of my presence, it is highly improbable he would offer to sell one of his guns. My friend was always looking to acquire new guns, not sell them. Furthermore, he definitely would not attempt to sell the murder weapon as the prosecutor later insinuated. Faraci is not an idiot and I am sure he quickly disposed of it.

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  13. Are you trying to locate Brian?

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    1. It has not been a priority for me to find him, but I would like to get back in touch with him. The last time we had any communication was in the mid to late 90's. He could be very helpful in regards to my appeal. Does anyone know where he is?

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    2. Veromi says Addison.

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    3. Read the comments at the bottom of this article. Lists Briante Palazaeno as one of the managers.http://m.nola.eater.com/archives/2013/06/03/leonardo-trattoria-looks-like-its-becoming-cibugnu.php

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    4. One of the EditorsJune 29, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Thanks for the link! It sure sounds like Brian a/k/a Briante! I'll send the article to Paul--its good for a laugh. Seems he hasn't changed much.

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    5. I was reading in old news articles about Paul's case- This Brian person changed his name to make a break with his past but didn't change it to something very different than his original name.

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    6. http://www.zabasearch.com/messages/zaba_messages_research.php?mquery=8399%20Pioneer%20Dr

      Message mentioning briante on that link page

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    7. http://www.cibugnu.com

      I think this is his restaurant's website. Odd there is no indication of who the owner is or who the chef is like most Italian restaurants. Very little info at all beyond a pretty ambitious Italian menu.

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    8. Thank you for supplying this information. It was interesting to read the commentary. I have not heard anything from Brian in well over a decade.

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  14. If the other guy was acquitted then why didn't the judge immediately overturn Paul's conviction? How can he be legally responsible for aiding and abetting a person who didn't (in the eyes of the law) commit the murder?

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    1. I asked a lawyer this very question. The law is written in such a way that it doesn't matter what happens to the other person. The accountability law only concerns itself with the person held accountable--no one else. We, of course, discussed how ridiculous that law is especially in a situation like Paul's. And, by the way, many states don't even have this law! I think only 5 or 6 states do.

      Under this law there needs to be more clarification and proof of intent. What if I lent my car to someone who robbed a bank? How in the hell would I know he was going to do that? And if someone testifies that I heard him tell me that he was going to rob a bank, it would become a matter of who believes him and/or who believes me when I say I didn't know? This "messy" law should be stricken from the books, IMO. And all people convicted under this crappy law should be exonerated and freed if they are in prison--and that is Paul and Ryan Nolle in Florida.

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  15. That was nice of you to thank Willow Creek for their donation.

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  16. How did they determine Dean Faucett was killed on that particular date? (the date that you were at your sister's house). How long was he missing before his family reported him missing?

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    1. According to newspapers, Dean Fawcett's mother reported him missing around Christmas 1993. Dean began his check writing spree about that time and was living in a hotel. According to Robert Faraci, Dean was killed on December 28. Rose Faraci testified that Robert came home that night with his clothes soaked in blood and asked her to burn them while he showered. Police concluded that the night of December 28th was when Dean was killed. His body was not discovered until late in January when a woman and her daughter discovered it in the woods. Animals had eaten a lot of the body causing a delay in identification.

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    2. She testified to all of that--and PAUL got convicted instead?

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    3. Seems odd unless you know it was a dual jury trial. It was rare that both juries were in the courtroom at the same time.

      Rose was called as a defense witness by Paul's lawyer. Therefore only Paul's jury heard her testimony.

      I'd bet big bucks that if Faraci's jury heard her testimony, he would have been convicted. There's a law that a wife doesn't have to testify against her husband.

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    4. How'd they come up with the date of Dec 28?

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    5. Found a Chicago Tribune article that is on this topic and what Faraci's wife testified to. Here's the link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-01-25/news/9501250246_grand-jury-murder-trials-pasta-restaurant

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    6. Anonymous of 6/27: Fawcett was most likely killed on the 28th due to the following: (1) he checked out of the hotel on that day, (2) he did not sign any more checks after that day, (3) he was not reported to be seen thereafter, and (4) because Robert Faraci and his ex-wife Rose say so.

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    1. You're correct! The newspaper article must have read "around Christmas of 1992."

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  18. What a stupid conviction. I can't believe this nonsence.

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