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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TO ALL BLOG READERS:

In April 2010, we set up a petition on petitiononline.com to gather signatures in support of Paul's Executive Clemency Petition. The petition letter was addressed Illinois Governor Blagojevich who later was prosecuted and sent to prison. The petition site refused to change the governor's name when Patrick Quinn replaced him because there were already hundreds of signatures.  We left it up with the hope that the new governor of Illinois would understand and periodically we sent the signature lists to him.

Paul's Petition for Executive Clemency was reviewed by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, and an oral hearing was conducted in July 2010.  (See 53. "My 5th Clemency Petition" and 67. "Clemency Hearing").  After the hearing, the board made a recommendation to then Governor Blagojevich, but he never responded to Paul's petition or hundreds of others.

Over the last year or two, Governor Pat Quinn has made decisions on some of these old petitions, but not Paul's. If you haven't already written to Governor Quinn, now would be the time to do so. Illinois will have a new governor in January.

Letters encouraging Governor Quinn to grant Paul's request for clemency should be sent to:

Governor Patrick Quinn
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL  62706
USA

With our thanks and appreciation to all of you,

Paul, the Modrowski Family, and Blog Helpers

28 comments:

  1. Will do, thanks for posting this.

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  2. Your readers care about you, Paul. I send seasons greetings to your family and friends too.

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    1. I wonder how many folks read this blog on a regular basis?

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    2. More than you think.

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    3. This is true--readers do care about you! I also send my best wishes to you and your family and pray for justice in your case. I wrote Gov. Quinn a few weeks ago, and since then I've been asking my friends and relatives to write him too.

      I just envisioned Gov. Quinn's secretary dumping a large bag of letters on his desk!!

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    4. 11/19/14 comment: I do not know how many regular readers I have. The site only gives the number of people who visit this site. It is generally between 15,000 and 20,000 a month.

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    5. Is that number of people? Or number of 'hits.'

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  3. Mr Quinn is going to be shocked when he gets a couple of letters from the UK....

    Doing tomorrow and posting to get this shambles of a sentence overturned. Paul, keep fighting and hanging in there; you have a LOT of support on this blog so I hope all the readers help as this is YOUR chance to do something positive for Paul.

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    1. Thank you for your support and for writing the governor on my behalf.

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  4. Paul I'm glad I discovered your blog.

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  5. Did you know that Governor Quinn abolished the death penalty in the state of Illinois? He is a practicing Catholic and when he learned of all the cases of innocent men who were once on death row, he decided he could not take any chances. I admire him for doing that even though many did deserve death for what they did. None were set free, but at least they had more time to try to prove their innocence.

    I don't recall Paul writing about his death penalty hearing. Yes, the states attorney wanted his death! At the end of that hearing, the judge ruled that because Paul was not present at the time of the murder he could not give him death. Just goes to show you what kind of people have jobs as prosecutors. Very scarey indeed.

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    1. If he's such a practicing Catholic, why did he legalize sodomite marriage?

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  6. Good thing Gov. Quinn abolished the death penalty. Hard to believe the IL states attorney actually wanted Paul killed for lending his car? I know he didn't, but that was the states contention. And furthermore, the states attorneys knew damn well that a blood stain was found in Faraci's car, not Paul's. Perhaps all states attorney go to hell for all their lying just to get convictions (and perhaps pay raises or bonuses).

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    1. He abolished the dp but that doesn't help anyone that was wrongly convicted in the first place.

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    2. Good point. But there is a new "Conviction Integrity Unit" led by SA Anita Alvarez that is supposed to be investigating those cases. I have yet to hear about any of those and wondering if Alvarez actually is doing her job! Anyone wrongfully convicted who finally gets justice and is freed would certainly make front page news.

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    3. In fact it may have hurt the truly innocent ones because by leaving death row, they lost their extra appeals.

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    4. I never thought of that (eliminating death row doesn't help the wrongfully convicted)! Good point. Knowing how many years Paul has waited and how many lawyers have screwed up and failed to help him is probably a common occurrence. The governor's reasoning though was probably good if he never personally knew any wrongfully convicted men. My heart breaks for Paul and others who suffer years and years for something they didn't do. The "system" is broken and needs serious reform. No innocent person should have to wait years to get justice--certainly not 22 years as in Paul's case.

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    5. Response to 12/2/14: The Conviction Integrity Unit led by Anita Alvarez is a fraud. The Cook County States Attorney only created it to make the public think she actually believes in truth and justice. Last month I received a letter from Susan Caraher stating "I am in receipt of your inquiry letter requesting that the Conviction Integrity Unit review your case. Pursuant to your claim of wrongful conviction, we have examined your case. Based upon review, we have determined your claim is without merit and does not warrant any further investigation on our part at this time."
      If my case was actually reviewed, there is no conclusion that could be reached but that I am innocent. I sent the office indisputable evidence and a stack of it. There was even an affidavit from the actual killer saying he did not use my car. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office was already fully aware of my innocence, however, they only care about maintaining their convictions. The only people whose charges are dropped are those who are already in court and the judge is about to release them anyway.

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    6. Yes, many people did not understand that by eliminating the death penalty it reduced the chances of wrongfully convicted prisoners from exonerating themselves. There is no passion to help those who have life without parole. Furthermore, their access to good lawyers diminishes as do their rights on appeal. If I was sentenced to death, I may have won my direct appeal. Instead, I languish in prison for eternity.

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  7. I will write the Governor and send out to my friends. Please stay strong.

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  8. What's going on with the Innocence Project?

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  9. Poor guy. I hope he gets released.

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  10. This has got to be one of the dumbest convictions I've ever heard of. And FWIW, I am acquainted with or related to several people who are/were guilty.

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  11. I want to thank all of you who have written the governor on my behalf. I sincerely appreciate all of the support and your kind wishes.

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    1. Thank you for publishing your blog.

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    2. Can you please start again posting new?

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