I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Leonard's parole appeal.

This update in from Leonard's friends:

LP-DOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045
February 4, 2010
Parole Appeal

Eric Seitz filed an appeal of the August parole decision with the U.S. Parole Commission months ago. Concerned that the decision was taking more time than is usual, Attorney Seitz recently called the Commission. The Commission claimed to have never received the appeal!

There is a time limit for filing an appeal of a parole decision. Failure to file within the required period of time is considered a waiver of appeal, which is not Leonard’s intention.

Seitz immediately sent another set of materials to the Parole Commission together with proof of delivery of the original set.

As of several days ago, the Parole Commission confirmed receipt and also acknowledged they were at fault for “losing” the original set of materials. Therefore, Leonard’s appeal of the parole decision will go forward. The Commission’s final decision is expected soon.

Any operating unit within the U.S. Department of Justice would lose its head if not attached, it seems. The prison infirmary at USP-Lewisburg recently “lost” x-rays taken when Leonard received “care” for a head laceration sustained when he slipped and fell on some ice. A second set of x-rays was taken, doubling Leonard’s exposure to radiation. His symptoms, blurred vision, for example have not yet been fully addressed.

We’ll keep you posted.

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