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Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Illinois Innocence Project -- March 1, 2014

Last November, I received a large envelope from the Illinois Innocence Project. I was not expecting any mail from them and curiously I opened it. Enclosed was an enormous questionnaire and several release forms as well as a letter. The letter said that years ago they received a request for legal assistance in regards to my criminal conviction. At the time, they only worked on downstate cases and therefore never responded. However, recently they were given a grant to help prisoners in northern Illinois. If I was still interested in their help, I was asked to fill out all the enclosed paperwork and return it to them. Lawyers from the IIP will then evaluate my case and decide whether or not to accept it.

I flipped through the questionnaire and it was the most comprehensive one I had ever seen. There were about 30 pages of questions ranging from the most basic to the most complex. At the end there was also space to give additional information which may not have been covered but was important. Completing this form I thought would take hours, and there were some questions I could not answer even if I dug through all the papers I had in my cell. For example, I do not know my social security number, contact information for all my previous attorneys, or whether the blood evidence found in my co-defendant's car was kept by police. The questionnaire attempted to be simplistic in design, but by doing so it made some questions difficult to explain. I was pleased the IIP was going to be so thorough in their review of my case, however, I will bbe damned if I went through all this trouble for nothing and contemplated just throwing everything I was sent into the garbage.

Since my federal appeal was tossed out due to being filed a day late, I have written dozens of law schools and firms across the country seeking legal assistance. My family as well as a pen pal also reached out to dozens more. To my knowledge, none of them received a response and less than a quarter of my letters were answered. The legal agencies who wrote me back told me they did not take accountability cases or those where DNA could not directly demonstrate innocence. A few said they did not do pro bono work or they currently had too many cases even after I filled out their questionnaires. When the University of Chicago began their innocence project, I quickly contacted them before they received a flood of letters. I met with Tara Thompson and a couple of their investigators. However, just as I became hopeful they may help me, I was told someone at the law firm of Loevy and Loevy black balled me. Their innocence project was backed by this firm and the father-son team had final say over the cases the university took.

For a couple of years, I was represented by Chicago-Kent Law School. I did not write them nor did I consider their law professor impressive despite how he was repeatedly on television. However, like most of my time incarcerated, the matter was not up to me. My parents, through a civil attorney my father knew well, lobbied Richard Kling to take my case. He had a large caseload and therefore dumped my case on a new law professor. Prof. Daniel Coyne was arrogant and stubborn. He did not like me reaching out to other attorneys for advice nor questioning and directing his work. Eventually, he quit and returned a small portion of the money my parents gave him as a retainer. I did not care. Never again was I going to be a mere passenger in my own legal defense. Tried that before and only helplessly witnessed my own car wreck time and again.

I grumbled to my cellmate who was watching me flip through all the pages of the questionnaire sent to me by the IIP. Why should I fill this out? I did not know any of the law professors there or their investigative team.  They may be incompetent fools or stubborn, controlling squares like Daniel Coyne. They may just review my case and reject it as the University of Chicago did after I put in a lot of effort getting them up to speed. They may get bombarded by numerous other prisoners with cases in Cook County and pursue an easier conviction to appeal. Worse, they could accept it and then sit on it for years because of all the other cases they accepted. Then there was the possibility they would not consider my case a DNA case because it is not the typical forensic based murder conviction. As these thoughts went through my mind, my cellmate said, "You know you have to fill it out." He was right, of course. My current attorney could not handle my appeal and had been working, or not working, on it for almost 5 years. I needed help and beggars could not be choosers.

I was not expecting a reply, but in late January, I received a letter from the IIP's case coordinator. She told me they had began to evaluate my case and wanted my direct appeal as well as any new information which had not been presented in court. The problem with this was I kept my legal briefs in storage and did not have any extra copies. Prisoners are only allowed to keep two property boxes in their cells. However, because of court rulings, the prison administration had to allow men to keep and have access to all their legal paperwork. Some prisoners have ten to twenty boxes of discovery, appeals, transcripts, etc. Initially, Stateville stored the additional legal property at the law library and prisoners could gain access to them while there. However, these boxes were all moved to a warehouse called the personal property building. Personal property lines were only run once a week and getting on the list was difficult. I wrote the case coordinator telling her they may not receive the documents they requested until spring.

As I suspected, getting to the personal property building was not easy. Every week, I wrote letters to the personal property officer and repeatedly did not make the list. In frustration, I asked the cell house sergeant to see if he could make an addition, yet the following Monday there were no lines run because of a lockdown. In the meantime, I thought I would give the IIP something to look at. I kept a copy of my clemency petition in my cell. The petition has a thorough statement of fact explaining the period of time I lived with my co-defendant and his wife along with events which led to my arrest, prosecution, conviction, and sentence of natural life without the possibility of parole. Thereafter, I made a number of pleadings to the governor to grant me a full pardon based on actual innocence or at the minimum a commutation of sentence. The end of the petition has about 100 exhibits including evidence never heard by my jury or any court. A number of attorneys and even the Prison Review Board have remarked how well written and compelling my petition is. I wish I could share it with the public at large, but I have yet to find someone who is willing to create a website to put it online.

Last Monday, my name was finally listed over the cell house loudspeaker amongst the men permitted to go to the personal property building. Two lines of about ten prisoners each were to go out. I was in the second line which goes out after lunch and therefore I quickly trimmed my beard, exercised, and then bathed. In the chow hall, turkey-soy burgers were served. They were not my favorite meal particularly when saturated in grease from being deep fried (the ovens at Stateville remain broken), however, I had to attend it. Guards refused to let men out of their cells after chow and they were expected to go into the holding cage upon returning from lunch.

In the 8 foot cubicle, I waited with other men going to the personal property building, including Juan Luna. Luna is celled on the 4th floor and since he has been in the cell house, I have not had an opportunity to talk with him. I asked him how his direct appeal was progressing and was told it was denied. He is now working on a post conviction or what is legally known as a collateral appeal. I was surprised to learn he was representing himself and thought some attorney even without payment would take his case simply because he was convicted of an infamous mass murder. However, I was glad none had because this meant the state had to give him copies of all the police discovery which was on some 15 compact disks. For a long time, I have wanted to review parts of the Palatine Massacre discovery because it may contain information valuable to me.

The warehouse where prisoners' personal property is stored is a long building that served multiple functions. Inside, I gave a guard my ID card and was directed to a large almost barren room. The room was empty except for a half dozen school desks and a bench. I took one of the chairs with a folding table to sit in by the wall and away from anyone else. Although some prisoners go to the personal property building to socialize, I did not want any company. I made a list of all the things I needed to get or wanted to look at and reviewed it while I waited.

Almost a half hour passed before workers brought into the room a few carts of boxes. I did not know how much time I would have and quickly grabbed my box and began searching through it. I easily found all my direct appeal documents and thought the IIP would appreciate it if I sent them not only my attorney's briefs but the prosecutor's rebuttals, despite how they were deceptive and portrayed me in the worst possible light. Finding my collateral appeal was much more difficult and all I was able to locate was the initial petition. The trial judge's dismissal due to my attorney's failure to attach affidavits was gone as well as consecutive documents filed to the appellate and supreme court. Eventually, I remembered I sent these to my current lawyer almost 5 years ago and never made copies.

While I was going through all my legal envelopes, I found one marked "Media: Brown's Chicken Murders." These were newspaper articles I had found or were sent to me after James Degorski and Juan Luna were arrested for the massacre. I thought Luna may like looking at them and walked over to where he was sitting and dropped it on his desk. I told him he may find these interesting and went back to my chair. When we went to leave, Luna told me "thanks" and said he would like a copy of one article which discussed the thoughts of his jury after a holdout refused to give him the death penalty. Since I wanted to see parts of his discovery when he received it, I thought I should reciprocate and agreed to make any copies he liked.

In the cell house, I took the phone and brought it to my cell. Instead of calling my attorney for the collateral appeal briefs and court rulings I sent her, I called my mother. She has nearly 40 boxes of discovery, appeals and various other legal documents related to my case. It is so immense, I never bothered having it brought to the prison. Included in this small truck load are copies of my post conviction appeals and I thought I would just have her search and then send them to the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield. However, after getting her on the phone, I was reminded of how sick and frail she was. I did not want to get her involved and would simply tell the case coordinator the most relevant parts of the appeal in writing. If they wanted the original which was forged by my direct appellate counsel, the court rulings, or subsequent briefs, I would direct my derelict current attorney to send them and failing this they will just have to order them from the county clerk's office.

By mid afternoon, I was exhausted and fell asleep for an hour. Upon waking, I made myself a hot cup of coffee to go along with some peanut butter sandwiches and state cakes. I do not often take in so much caffeine and sugar and got a jolt of energy I could not contain. Although I had exercised earlier, I did another 20 minutes. My cellmate told me to slow down and put my T-shirt back on. There were no female nurses to impress. Anthony occasionally jokes that I keep my shirt off to attract women that work in the cell house. His joke has no merit but for fun I told him I would call a female guard who was on the ground floor and do the Chip and Dale dance skit that we watched on an old episode of Saturday Night Live. The catch was, however, he had to strip down to his "spediums" (Speedo + medium sized briefs) and play the part by comedian Chris Farley. Apparently, he did not like this idea although he found it tremendously funny when I imitated some dance moves.

I slept terrible overnight not only because I drank the coffee, but because the nurse who passes out medications in the evening failed to stop by my cell. Anthony claimed she may not be a Patrick Swayze fan. Fortunately, yard was not run until late because Internal Affairs was conducting drops (urine drug tests) and I had plenty of time to get ready. Once on the small yard, however, I wished I had stayed in the cell. Nearly 20 prisoners were all trying to bench press with the same and only barbell. For much of the time I had to wait around for my turn and listened to dumb conversations or stories from "the hood." A black prisoner who simply goes by the name "Big" easily did 25 repetitions with the 220 pound weight making me look weak when I finally was able to do my set.

From the yard, prisoners were taken directly to the chow hall. I was disappointed men were being served "slick meat," but it was very rare to be given a slice of cheese. I bagged and then pocketed the cheese along with some bread to make a sardine sandwich when I returned to the cell before I spoke to Steve. Steve went to the law library every Thursday morning and I told him I had arranged it with one of the clerks to have copies made of all my appeals. He just had to be my mule. Steve complained about how he was always doing me favors but I did nothing for him. "What's in it for me?" he asked. I told him "protection". Did he actually think he could have survived so long with the likes of "Big" in the unit and what about "La La" and "Bad Scott"? I was only joking with him, though. Stateville was no where near as violent as it was in the 1990's when it was commonly referred to as the White Man's Graveyard. Steve told me to send him the papers the next day.

On Wednesday, I spoke to a couple of cell house workers about passing the large envelope of legal documents to Steve who was celled on the lower floor. My senile neighbor continued to forget to pick them up and I had to rely on someone else. The worker was busy packing a couple of prisoners' property for transfer. Apparently, Stateville was trying to rid itself of anyone who had less than 20 years remaining to do on their sentences. Generally, prisoners will quickly ask their counselors to put them in for a medium transfer even before they have reached eligibility. However, a few wanted to stay because they have friends here, family that live nearby, or good jobs. Six of the inmates transferred out this week had coveted jobs in industries: the soap or furniture factory.

In the evening, I wrote a letter to the case coordinator at the IIP to include with the package I was sending to them. Most of it explained my collateral appeal. The initial petition was filed without my knowledge by my direct appellate lawyer. He had forged my signature and even had a notary (Maribel Velasquez) lie and vouch for it. Richard Cunningham, who was accustomed to doing appeals for prisoners on death row, forgot that it was mandatory that convicts with LWOP or a term of years to include any affidavits. For this omission, the court summarily dismissed it. On appeal, a bum from the Cook County PD's Office was appointed to my case and filed a "Finley Brief" alleging I had no meritorious issues. A private lawyer my parents contacted quickly filed a response saying that was nonsense and listed numerous issues. However, the appellate court refused to entertain the brief he filed as did the Illinois Supreme Court.

After writing my letter, I tuned in to the season premiere of the CBS reality show "Survivor." The theme this time was brains versus brawn and beauty. Contestants were put on teams purportedly in these categories. However, those who were supposed to look beautiful, were only average in my opinion, and those who were supposed to be strong were not muscular. The group that was assembled to represent the most intelligent was the biggest disappointment. One black woman who claimed to be a nuclear engineer, I do not think could construct a square with Lego's. It was no surprise two members of the "Brain" group were sent packing.

Thursday morning, I watched the news as I typically do while eating my breakfast. Throughout the week, the LGBT community was in an uproar over a bill passed in Arizona that protected the religious rights of businesses to refuse service or employment to homosexuals. In a truly free country, businesses would be able to choose whomever they employed or conducted business with. However, once again, the principals of the nation were thwarted and the governor of Arizona buckled to pressure by vetoing the bill.

After watching national headlines, the local news of traffic and weather came on. It was only 5 degrees F and that was going to be the day's high temperature. Later an announcement in the cell house was made that yard would be cancelled and I wondered if law library was also. On Thursday, the law library line leaves at 6 a.m. if not earlier. My concern that the copies had not been made, however, was alleviated when an old black man who looks like he is a homeless vagrant handed me the package I gave Steve. Inside were the papers I sent him along with the duplicate copies.

At lunch I met with Steve. He said it was brutally cold when he went out to the library and I owed him one. He began to grill me about who I was sending all the legal briefs to. Steve was not dumb and knew I had found a new attorney or one willing to review my case. Although I get along well with him, I have avoided telling him about the correspondence I have had with the University of Illinois. All I needed was the word going around that they were now accepting cases from northern counties. It would cause a flood of prisoners at Stateville to write them. Finally, I told Steve but made him promise to keep it to himself.

Back in my cell, I put all the papers together to fit in a large envelope. Unlike ordinary correspondence, legal mail can be sealed. Personally, I did not care if anyone in the mail room read my appellate briefs. In fact, I would put them online if I could. However, I did not want anything falling out and I wanted to send the package out without a money voucher for postage which would delay the mail from being sent out till possibly some time in April.

At Stateville, all legal mail postage is free and paid by the inmate trust fund (money taken from prisoners in various ways). Unfortunately, the seal would not work and I had to search the cell house for a strip of wide tape or glue because I did not have another large envelope. Eventually, I found some glue and the package is finally on its way to the Illinois Innocence Project. Hopefully, I did not go through all these efforts for naught and they will help in my struggle for freedom.

43 comments:

  1. To Paul's family: I have submitted this blog to many prayer chains. Prayer + Awareness!

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    1. Thank you so much. We really appreciate all the support and prayers from all Paul's supporters. It is a struggle for many of us to keep faith that one day he will be exonerated and freed. With all the weird mistakes of lawyers over the years and several Clemency Petitions denied, I sometimes think Paul has given up hope. Again, thank you and God bless you.

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    2. The whole family is in my prayers.

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    3. A few of us have submitted this blog to hundreds prayer sites and lists. Hopefully this will raise a lot of awareness for Paul's cause. I myself am partially homebound so I can spend time on my laptop, contacting prayer sites and newspapers. (We set up an email address so our own email addresses are not spammed.) One of us even got a response saying "interesting blog" from someone at the BBC! We'll continue to contact people.

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  2. Glad to hear your case is being reviewed by the innocence project. Glad to hear you and Luna are finally sharing info. At least you are sharing your discovery at this point. Maybe for the fact he is representing himself and has tons of paperwork to go over may be reason for the lack of him sharing his discovery documents with you? Maybe you could ask him to give you copies of the documents he has already read and pertains to you? If you were guilty, twenty five years with parole should have been your sentencing. I saw Luna's prison picture on the IDOC website and it's too bad he is a convicted mass murderer, he is very handsome. All the best to you Paul.

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    1. Why does he need Luna's documents?

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    2. Juan Luna does not have any of his discovery. The documents are all on CDs and must be printed and sent to him. Despite having a constitutional right to them, I doubt the Palatine police will be in any hurry to comply. Hopefully, you mean 25 years would have been an appropriate sentence if I actually killed Fawcett and not purportedly lent my car to someone who did.

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    3. Anonymous of May 10: The judge never allowed my attorneys to review the discovery of the Palatine investigation which overlapped the murder investigation in Barrington. There is a lot of information about me I would like to look at just out of curiosity. However, mainly I want investigative leads which could demonstrate my innocence.

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  3. Hopefully this gets put on fast track.

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  4. Editors. What are the regulations to send Paul books? Can we send used books? Also can we remain anonymous with no return address?

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    1. I believe books to a max security prison must come directly from a distributor. Also they might have a rule against hard cover books.

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    2. Old books can be sent to prisoners in the IDOC. However, all mail to the institution must have a return address and name or they will be destroyed. People who wish to remain anonymous can use fake information and I doubt anyone will be the wiser.

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  5. What about donating to the Innocence Project?

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    1. If you donate to the Innocence Project you cannot be sure your donation will directly help Paul. The Innocence Project is a good organization though, and donations to it would not be wasted. However, Paul may not receive any direct benefit, if your goal is to help him specifically.

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    2. Maybe if we specified "restricted gift" to the IIP only for his case?

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    3. That is why I'm asking about the guidelines to send books. He is in his cell all those hours and I feel I would like to send him books to help pass the time. I have numerous books and not necessarily money to donate. Thanks.

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    4. Do Paul and his family have to pay if the case is accepted by the IIP?

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    5. The IIP has yet to even accept my case and I have not heard from anyone at the university in a couple of months.

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    6. A grant was given to the University of Illinois at Springfield to work on cases in northern Illinois. If a case meets certain criteria and they choose to accept it, the work is done for free. How much money they were given I do not know nor from whom or what organization. I also do not know if the IIP would take my case if I personally paid for the costs. Vice versa, I do not know if I had money I would contract their services. I have yet to meet with anyone from the school.

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  6. Great writing, great writer. I cannot even imagine the pain and despair you endure to produce and share. I am spreading the word about this injustice.

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  7. Why does every prisoner claim innocence?

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  8. Does every prisoner claim innocence?

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  9. In one article, you are referred to as a "small time criminal". Tell us why? Did you commit burglary? More than once?

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    1. Allegations were made by Melanie, a girl I dated in high school. Contrary to her testimony at my sentencing hearing, she was obsessed with me and refused to accept that I no longer wanted to date her (think Jodi Arias). We never went steady and I dated multiple girls even those who were in the same school or were her friends. I made no secret of this nor that I did not seek a serious long term relationship with her. When I began to diminish the time I spent with her in favor of other girls, she became extremely angry and even years later she was vindictive speaking half truths and outright lies on the witness stand. I did not stab her dog or burglarize her house and the prosecution was fully aware of the person who did. During conversations with undercover ATF agents, Harry Adams admitted to various crimes including breaking into the house and stabbing the Spiess family dog. These conversations were recorded without his knowledge with a court order and I have the transcripts. The same person also plead guilty to harassing phone calls and this is of public record. None of this evidence was presented at my death penalty hearing because it did not matter to the judge. By the way, I was never charged with any crimes in connection to these matters and Melanie persistently continued to call me and come to my house even after I purportedly stabbed her dog.

      I was also falsely accused of stealing a bag of change from a hot dog restaurant, but the actual perpetrator turned out to be the younger brother of one of my friends. His lawyer got involved and got the charges against me dropped but not before a warrant was issued for my arrest for missing the court hearing. (This is the court date I missed that another blog reader asked about.)

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  10. Some of them do and some say "I belong here" LOL

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    1. From what Paul has written, it seems most of them admit their crimes.

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    2. It is a misnomer that most prisoners claim their innocence. Many have plead guilty and even those who have appeals pending will admit to crimes albeit not in court or publicly.

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  11. What percentage of the IIP's clients end up getting freed?

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  12. Innocence Project ! Yea!

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  13. Paul, I know there is plenty of incompetent and/or unfair legal counsel out there, and I know what it is like to be without family support. I am hoping and praying the best for you. I found a request on a church website to pray about this. Know that people care for you.

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  14. I hope you get justice .

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  15. Yeah yeah yeah, every prisoner is innocent........

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    1. US politicians are called "lawmakers" and that should make you think about something...if you remember what the law is: a rope to hang many as society can't provide enough jobs for everyone so you trim them by "credit score," by "experience," by "education" by background check" and in the end you take drastic measures and just lock up the madafakaz by the 50 per day, per big county. It works, unemployment rate is under 10% when in fact it should be around 35% wouldn't be for all those factors used to unqualify qualified citizens from even applying for good jobs. No, not every inmate is innocent (they are inmates not prisoners as they like to call themselves) but most are doing sentences way too long based on their crimes while very lucky ones (the connected ones) get away with 1005 pure murder and 1005 pure rape and all that so keep making fun but remember how your politicians are called...and ask yourself why "lawmakers"...who needs so many laws...in how many ways can you say "thou shall not kill?" Humans today, due to their high number, are no-longer individuals but either consumers or slaves or "extra," depending on what they do on a particular day...Let's hope you remain "consumer" but you sound like a slave and a future extra and you know what extra calls itself? "Prisoner."

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  16. In April 2009, my former son-in-law was found guilty of sexual assault in the first degree of a handicapped person. The girl was his 21 year old cousin who had an I.Q. of a 13 year old, but did all manner of drugs, smoked and drank alcohol daily. My s-i-l owed her some money and didn't have it so she made up a story that he forced her to smoke crack and stuck his finger in her vagina "for five minutes." My husband and I had been at their (step-daughter's) apartment that day and evening and knew the girl lied repeatedly throughout her testimony, often changing her story. The two detectives lied saying they had talked with us though they never had. They claimed they took no notes of our phone interviews. Attorney John Ridge didn't put us on the witness list so our testimony's were not allowed. A plea was offered that would reduce the charge and he would do no jail time but he would have to register as a sex offender for life. He refused because he denied touching his cousin sexually. The attorney never told him what would happen if he was found guilty. Judge Kathy Elliott-Bradshaw found him guilty, sentenced him to five years at 85% and parole at 3 years to life. My step daughter divorced him when she became pregnant by another man. We hired a top notch criminal attorney to file the PCP and it was at the Appealant Court when he was released on parole last spring. We had to rent a house because he couldn't live with any children, not even his own three. He wasn't allowed any pictures of them in the house, nor phone calls nor letters. No internet or cable TV. He was on house arrest and wore an ankle bracelet. He was mandated to attend sex offender classes at $50.00 a week, which he agreed to do (with our continued financal help.) Then he discovered that he had to admit to the crime or he would be kicked out of the class which would violate his parole. Even if he had wanted to admit to the crime, just to stay out of prison, he couldn't because of the PCP. He refused, was violated and returned to prison for another two years. The PCP, with our testimonies, was denied. He is up for parole again on May 15, 2015 and will face the same situation. If he refuses to admit to the charge, he will not be allowed out. I have learned that there are hundreds of men in prison for the same reason. Prison is big business and there ARE innocent people inside. Too many.

    Those who make the laws have no idea what they're doing and there are not enough attorney's to help those who need them. Courts are a joke and unless you have money, the only way out is a miracle.At least the Innocence Project was interested in your case, Paul...and I pray they will come through for you. I have also contacted everyone that you have with the same results but we haven't given up hope. Miracles happen.

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  17. In 2009, My former son in law was found guilty of criminal sexial assault in thr first degree of a handicapped person. The 'victim' was his 21 year old cousin who, according to recirds had an I.Q. of a 13 year old, but that didn't stop her from using ALL drugs, smokin, drinking alcohol daily and being sexually active. To get attention, she claimed he forced her to smoke crack and them inserted his finger into her vagina 'for five minutes" He vemently denied this happened and when offered a plea deal of no prison time but would have to register as a sex offender for life, he refused. His 'attorney' never told him what would happen if he was found guilty and though my husband and I were in the apartment that day and KNEW the girl LIED, we were not put in the witness list! Judge Kathy Elliott-Bradshaw stated that she had been sexually assaulted as a teenager but refused to recuse herself. The two detective lied on the stand when they testified that they had interviewed us several times by phone but had taken NO notes of any of the conversations! They NEVER called us! He was sentenced to five years at 85% then 3 years to life parole. We hired a top notch criminal attorney to file the post conviction. His wife divorced him when she dicovered she was pregnant with another man's child, but I stuck with him. He is the father of two of our grandchildren and loves them very much. The PCP was finally at the Appealant Court when he was released to parole in March of 2014. We had to rent a house for him because everybody we knew either had children or internet. He was on house arrest, ankel bracelet, not allowed ANY contact with his children (not even a picture!) and mandated to attend weekly sex offender classes at $50.00 a pop. At the first class he discovered he would have to admit to guilt or he would be kicked out of the class. Even if he wanted to admit to the fakse charge, he couldn't because of the PCP. He refused, was violated and returned to prison for another two years. The PCP was denied. Our testimonies ignored. The girl now has three children and thoughs till an addict, has them in her ';care'. Meanwhile, he will have to admit to guilt before he will be released from prison. If he never admits, he'll never be released. If he admits and is released, he'll go throught he same process again and not be allowed to see his children, who love and need him. There are hundreds just like him.
    Paul, I've writtent he same letters you've written and all I can say is it's a blessing that the IP agreed to look into your case. We haven't given up hope either...because miracles can happen. God bless!!

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  18. You don't know your social security number?

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    1. That's rather....odd...that he doesn't know his SS#

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    2. No, I do not know my SS number. Remember that I had just turned 18 when I was arrested. I had little reason to use it: one summer job, one income tax return, and one drivers license.

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  19. Blog readers and followers! Please read comments in post #253 "the invasion of Ukraine" and help Paul

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  20. From the Tribune: "Paul Modrowski himself made a tearful plea to the judge just before sentencing in which he admitted his life hadn't been exemplary but denied he was involved in Fawcett's murder"

    Paul, what did you mean when you said that your life hadn't been exemplary?

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    1. He meant that he hadn't solved the world's hunger crisis yet!! Now quit nagging Paul about small indiscretions of teenage life.

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    2. Anonymous of June 19: Please read post 267. Adolescence to answer your question.

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  21. Oh cool
    I hope you get released.

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