Archive for April, 2013

Joseph Allen May Go Back to Prison on June 5th

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Many of you are already quite familiar with the Smtih/Allen case. If you need a refresher, the link below (from a post made on 5/12/12) contains a summary of this very complicated case.

There have been some disturbing recent developments.

Judge Burge recused himself from the case. (I suspect this might have been done under duress.) A new judge has been appointed.

The new judge is going to hold a resentencing hearing on June 5th.

Like Nancy Smith, Joseph has applied for clemency. Joseph’s lawyer hopes to keep him free until a decision is made on the clemency petition.

If the judge grants that, he would be free on bond. Bond would most likely be set for $100,000 as it was when Joseph was first released from prison.

If we pay a bondsman, the fee will be 10% or $10,000.

The National Center for Reason and Justice does have a Prisoner Relief Fund for such contingencies. We cannot, however, spare $10,000.

We could if we could get some additional contributions to the fund.

I hope you will consider making a donation to the NCRJ’s Prisoner Relief Fund. The Smith/Allen case is as bad a miscarriage of justice as I have seen.

You can send a check to:

POB 191101
Roxbury MA 02119-1582

Indicate “Prisoner Releif Fund” on your check.

You can also donate online:

Joseph is in terrible danger. I hope you will be able to help us keep him free.

-Bob Chatelle

The NCRJ Needs Your Help

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Mos of you are familiar with my organization, the National Center for Reason and Justice

.We are looking for volunteers to help us in our work. Please visit this page to see the kind of help we are seeking.

St. Francis professor fights to overturn Jesse Friedman’s conviction

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

“Now, Professor [and National Center for Reason and Justice Director Emily] Horowitz brings back [Jesse] Friedman and [Ron] Kuby to answer questions and show new evidence that contradicts the claims made in the original case on Tuesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. in Room 4202 of St. Francis College located at 180 Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights. The event is free and open to the public.”