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My Beloved Family,

I wrote a letter to Governor Fletcher today, asking him to look at Louis's case and see if he could help him in any way. I told him how it concerned me that such a long sentence might do more harm than good. I also told him about the staff from the Juvenile Detention Center where he spent the first year coming to court to testify in his behalf. Perhaps if he looks at the case and reads their testimony, he will be moved to help him.

Louis got into a fight last week. I don't know if it was because prison has changed him (he has no history of violence) or if it was unavoidable. Either way, I want him away from there if at all possible.

He has learned his lesson. Actually, he had learned that when this all went to court. That was why the Juvenile officers testified on his behalf. They had tears in their eyes when they heard his sentence. Since then, he has grown so very much. It is time for him to come home and start building a new life.

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Kentucky Constitution
Section 77

Power of Governor to remit fines and forfeitures, grant reprieves and pardons -- No power to remit fees.


He shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, commute sentences, grant reprieves and pardons, except in case of impeachment, and he shall file with each application therefor a statement of the reasons for his decision thereon, which application and statement shall always be open to public inspection. In cases of treason, he shall have power to grant reprieves until the end of the next session of the General Assembly, in which the power of pardoning shall be vested; but he shall have no power to remit the fees of the Clerk, Sheriff or Commonwealth's Attorney in penal or criminal cases.

Text as Ratified on: August 3, 1891, and revised September 28, 1891.
History: Not yet amended.
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Now they've gone and done it. Mama is mad!!!!!
Mad Fire

I received the following letter today from James W. P'Keefe, the Executive Director of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Dear Ms. Gann

Please be advised your letter to Governor Fletcher has been referred to me for review and response. I am deeply troubled in this case as I am the letters from many mother's who write expressing the love and support they have for their sons and daughters now incarcerated.

The sentence does seem severe but the police crime report states the victim was struck in the head with an unknown object, rendering her unconscious and she fell to the ground. (This was the initial assumption of the police investigating the case, however, the Neurologist who treated her and later testified in court said the injuries were consistent with her falling and hitting her head on the pavement as Louis had said in his confession and later testimony.) She was severely injured. (This is also true and caused Louis great remorse. Fortunately, she did recover.) The law is very specific in crimes of violence and thus the 85% of sentence must be served. (This part of the letter merely irritated me. This idiot didn't bother to look at the court prceedings, only the police report.)

(Now for the part that really angered me. I have this terrible aversion to being lied to.) The Governor has no control over enacted law and cannot change the sentence. (That's funny, doesn't section 77 of the constitution say quite specifically that the governor....shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, commute sentences, grant reprieves and pardons....?) Louis should take advantage of all educational courses, college courses, and learn a trade or vocation during the time remaining.

I am terribly sorry the Governor cannot intervene in such cases but he cannot. I wish Louis the very best and hopefully he will choose the right path in the futures. Thank you for your letter.


James W. O'Keefe
Executive Director


To add insult to injury, this letter comes just a few short months after our dear governor granted a blanket pardon to anyone except himself who was being investigated over his administrations hiring practices. For himself, he just took the Fifth. Amendment, that is, I am unfamiliar with his drinking habits. So, our Executive Director of Justice and Public Safety is not only unfamiliar with the Kentucky Constitution, but also of current events.


There. I think I feel better. Maybe after a good night's sleep I will be able to figure out step two. Something a bit more civilized than the steps I have had running through my head since I read that letter this evening.

Thank you all for your prayers and support. It looks like I am going to need more of them. Bang If I bang that wall long enough and hard enough, it just might fall down.


Namaste,(yes, even Governor Fletcher and James W. O'Keefe)

Dear Vicky and Sue,

Thank you for your continued prayers. That, and having someplace to vent my frustration at 3 in the morning are saving my sanity through this.

It seems that Toronto is my home for very special Angels. Angel Last night (or, actually the wee hours of this morning) another friend from Toronto woke up and came online. We chatted until 5 and he really helped me calm down. If it hadn't been for Razi, I'm not sure I would have gotten to sleep at all.

The assumption that Mrs. Fuller had been hit in the head was made by the people who came out of the bingo hall and found her. And it was a logical assumption, anyone would probably have made it. But it made it into the police report through their statements and has haunted us ever since. Whatever faults my son had at the time, he did not, would not, could not hit an old woman in the head.

I remember the second time I went to see him at the juvenile facility where they held him until his trial. It was one of those really good days in the visitation room. Everyone was talking and laughing, including the guards. Everyone but Louis, that is. Nothing I said could get a smile out of him. Finally, I got aggravated. I told him that I realized that wasn't where he wanted to be, but that he had put himself there and he might as well make the best of it. He gave me the oddest look and said, "Mom, I'm not upset because I'm in here. It's that lady in the hospital. Everytime I start to have a good time, I remember her, and it feels like I don't have the right to enjoy myself." I've often wished I had a recording of that conversation, or that it had been heard by someone whose testimony carries more weight than a Mother's.

Since that day, Louis has done a lot of growing up. He has become a fine young man and I am more proud of him that he can ever understand. Now that he has been transferred to Eastern Kentucky, I am very concerned about the people he is forced to associate with and what their influence will do to him. That is why I am trying to convince Governor Fletcher to do something to help him.

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share something special that happened tonight.

When I got home from work, Billy and I went out for coffee, then drove down to the riverfront. While we were walking in the moonlight, we saw a Beaver walk down the beach into the water and swim off. We came home and I looked up Beaver in my Medicine Cards. Here are some of the things I read..........


Teach me to build my dreams,

Including others too.

One mind,

One thought,

Hearts as one,

Lessons learned from you."


"Beaver medicine is akin to water and eart energy, and incorporates a strong sense of family and home."

"This tiny animal is well equipped to protect its creation."

"If Beaver has may be time to put your ideas into look for alternative solutions to life's challenges and to protect the creations which you put your love and energy into."

"Meditate upon Beaver's determination and willingness to work. Visualize the goal you wish to accomplish, and be willing to work with others to achieve that end."

Somehow, it feels as if Life sent me a wonderful message tonight.

Dear Susan,
that was surely a very significant encounter with the beaver! I did not know of this meaning, it fits your exigencies perfectly.
May dear Louis influence others with his good heart and not the other way around. Like you say he has grown in wisdom and maturity, he will really do the best with his time I am sure. And you will not stop trying to get him out as soon as possible.
Praying for everything to evolve according to heaven's laws and harmony.
Love and hugs.
Margherita Hug
Margherita....I love the picture of the Beaver you posted. Even though I had read it several times before, it had been a while and I had to look it up to be sure of the meaning.

I just caught my typo.....water and made me realize how close heart and earth are. An inspired typo?

I've been receiving a lot of positive signs lately. It has been rather wonderful.

From a prayer by Linda R. Jones

God be with us as we waitLeader: Loving and compassionate God,
We are waiting, waiting
On the edge
Of something we’re not sure of
In this moment we’re uncertain
Though we listen
We don’t know.

All: Show us how to hold
Ourselves open to the unknowingness
Of this moment
Of Time.


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