Archive for August, 2010

Film Maker Interviewed about Freeing Bernie Baran

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Dear Friend of Justice,

Film maker Daniel Alexander will be interviewed about his movie, Freeing Bernie Baran, this evening on Austin Texas radio station KOOP at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.

The movie will premier at the Austin Gay/Lesbian film festival on September 11.

I will be listening live. Please join me by clicking here.

-Bob Chatelle

Rest in Peace, John M. Swomley

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Dear Friend of Justice,

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Reverend John M. Swomley, father of Bernard Baran’s lawyer, John G. Swomley. I never met the elder Swomley, but I know that his values were deeply instilled into his son, who achieved the exoneration of Baran and has fought for justice and civil liberties on so many fronts.

Here is an obituary of a most remarkable man:

-Bob Chatelle

Friedman Conviction Most Reluctantly Upheld

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Dear Friend of Justice,

The Second Court of Appeals upheld Jesse Friedman’s conviction, but only because the habeas petition was filed too late. In a strongly worded opinion, the Court made clear that they felt a miscarriage of justice had occurred and were sharply critical of the police, the prosecution, and the trial judge. The Court suggested that the case should be reopened at the state level.

The Nassau Conty DA’s office says it is giving the ruling “serious thought and consideration.” So there is some hope that justice may yet be served.

Jesse believes that it was the social science research that carried the day with the Court’s opinion. This research was provided to Jesse’s lawyer by NCRJ Directors Debbie Nathan and Emily Horowitz.

Here is the Article in the New York Times:

Here is the full decision:

As if Massachusetts Didn't Have Enough Bad Judges, Governor Patrick Wants One More

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

R.I.P. Robert Aitken Roshi

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Dear Friend of Justice,

This morning I received the sad news that Robert Aitken, an eminent Buddhist teacher and scholar, had died at the age of 93.

Roshi was a true friend of justice, as is his son, Tom. They contacted me many years ago after learning about the case of Bernard Baran from Katha Pollitt’s first column in The Nation. Both contributed financially to Baran’s cause and spread the word about this great injustice. Roshi also regularly corresponded with Baran while he was still behind bars.

Roshi also sent Baran many of his wonderful books. Some were passed on to me and I treasure them.

-Bob Chatelle

Judge Kern: Baran Lawsuit May Proceed

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Dear Friend of Justice,

This was posted on the blog of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly:

The decision will probably be appealed. But I think we have a reasonable hope or prevailing.

-Bob Chatelle