Archive for the ‘Innocents’ Category

A Computer for Joseph Allen’s Sister?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

I communicate with Joseph Allen via email using He also has been doing this with his sister Dora in Alabama.

Joseph contacted me to tell me his sister’s computer has stopped working. She really can’t afford to get it fixed or to buy a new one.

I spoke with Dora. She said that the old computer was an AC. I’m not familiar with this brand.

Joseph asks if someone out there might have an old computer they might donate to Dora. If you can help, either comment on this post or email me at

If you need to refresh your memory about Joseph’s plight, here is some information.


Highway – A New Prison Post From Gunther Fiek

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Those white crosses mark nameless people. Only a number can be seen in each cross. The cemetery off Highway 178 is where the Georgia Department of Corrections bury inmates “without family, friends, or a care from the world.” I couldn’t help but wonder whether that would be me one day. Or, any of the men I have met over the years. I tried to shake it out of my head. I prayed.

Read the full post by Gunther Fiek.

The San Antonio Four Declared Innocent — Please Help the NCRJ

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016



THE SAN ANTONIO 4 — Anna Vasquez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh — are innocent. So declared the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on November 23, 2016.

The four young Chicana lesbians were imprisoned for almost 15 years on false accusations of sexually abusing Liz’s two little nieces while babysitting them for a few days in the early 1990s.

When no one else would believe in their innocence, the National Center for Reason and Justice did.

When no one else would find them legal help, NCRJ did. We persuaded the Innocence Project of Texas to take their case. IPOT won their released from prison in 2013.

With your generous donation, we can do more.

When no one sought to publicize their flight, NCRJ did. We alerted local journalists and the documentarian Deb Esqenazi to the story and helped them tell it. Deb’s powerful film “Southwest of Salem” galvanized support for the women nationwide.

And now, just before Thanksgiving, the Four have been exonerated. Although they can never get back what they lost, the state will pay them restitution for each year of wrongful imprisonment.

Help NCRJ celebrate—and work for justice for others—with a special extra donation of $25, $50, or $100 to NCRJ at

A New Post From Gunther Fiek

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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“It is because of experiences that I’ve lived the reason why I, in a way, erected barriers around my self so that I can filter in – or out – people. I’m careful who I offer my friendship to and even more careful to not judge someone. I’ve always had the desire to help those that I see want to change. You sooner or later realize that you’ve made a mistake but, as I said before, once I’ve offered someone my friendship I try to salvage it. I confess that with time I realize a person’s intentions but I turn a blind eye just for the sake of their company. It is also because I learned that I can do my time better, as it also gives me happiness, when I’m able or was able to do something for someone. But it is in man’s nature to disappoint one another.”

Read the full post.

SJC seems to support freed Lowell man

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The National Center for Reason and Justice has sponsored the case of Victor Rosario for many years. We are likely on the verge of complete victory.

“Chief Justice Ralph Gants questioned what standard the court should follow in determining whether Tuttman erred and abused her discretion in ordering a new trial, the main question of law that the court was asked to consider.”

“Don’t we focus now on the fundamental issue of whether there was a substantial risk of a miscarriage of justice?” the judge asked.

Read the article by Milton J. Valencia in the Boston Globe.

A new post from Gunther Fiek

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

“You see, unlike the ‘free world’, prison does not have a place where we can seek refuge from anything that may disturb that peace. We can’t move to a different home, neighborhood or city to find that peace. Here, we are surrounded by individuals with all kinds of personalities and beliefs. You are stuck here 24/7. When that peace in you is disturbed, it sends shock waves that threatens the integrity of one or all three pillars. That peace is like a shield that prevents external forces that may cause any of the pillars to tremble. And that peace can only be achieved by having peace with God.”

Read the full post by Gunther. Please consider subscribing to his blog.


Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Act now to exonerate the San Antonio Four! Follow these suggestions at the Southwest of Salem website.

Also consider a donation to the National Center for Reason and Justice.

Freedom remains tenuous for freed prisoner

Monday, October 24th, 2016

“Lisa Kavanaugh, one of Rosario’s lawyers, the head of the Innocence Program for the state’s public defender agency, said that Rosario should be exonerated by prosecutors. His conviction was thrown out in large part because advances in forensic technology cast doubt on whether the fire was deliberately set, raising questions about the accuracy of the confession. Kavanaugh said she welcomes the high court’s review of the case, saying the court’s decision could settle Rosario’s case and others like it that have been built on questionable evidence.”

The National Center for Reason and Justice has long sponsored the case of Victor Rosario because we are convinced of his innocence.

Read the article by MIlton J. Valencia in the Boston Globe.

Gunther Fiek’s Blog

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

My good friend Gunther Fiek has started a blog from prison. I encourage you to subscribe. Here is his first post:

An Endeavor

Men accused of killing toddlers say Shaken Baby Syndrome should be on trial, not them

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

“Attorneys for the two men said medical experts have relied on three injuries to reach the conclusion that both victims were violently shaken: bleeding behind the eyes, bleeding on the surface of the brain, and brain swelling. Those injuries alone, defense attorneys said, are not sufficient to prove that the toddlers were abused.”

Read the article by Kristine Guerra in the Washington Post.