Disturbing Phone Call From Joseph Allen

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

Dear Friend of Justice,

Yesterday my partner Jim and I had a wonderful lunch with Joseph Allen, NCRJ Treasurer Frank Kane, and an NCRJ supporter.

Less than half an hour ago I received a most disturbing phone call from Joseph Allen.

(Read about the Smith/Allen case here.)

Over a year ago, Judge James Burge rightfully ordered both Joseph and his co-defendant, Nancy Smith, acquitted.

Shamefully, this decision was appealed by the District Attorney and Ohio’s Attorney General.

If I understood Joseph correctly, the Appeals Court has decided to let Smith’s acquittal stand but has thrown out Joseph’s acquittal.

The reason: in 1994 Smith’s attorney filed a motion for acquittal but Joseph’s lawyer did not.

I am stunned by this news. But nothing about the criminally dysfunctional American “justice” system surprises me anymore.

I am trying to find information online but thus far I have not. I’ve asked Joseph to call me if he finds out anything more. If any of you have any relevant information, please let me know.

Sad and angry as I am, I haven’t given up hope.

-Bob Chatelle