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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Coming Clean

An assumption that I see a lot is this; "If Coy were innocent, Jane Doe would have come forward by now."

It's a nice thought, that someone with a horrible secret would be eager to get it off their chest, but it defies human nature. We hide our lies, as a recent exoneration from Ohio illustrates. Ricky Jackson just earned the dubious distinction of having served the longest prison sentence before exoneration.

He served 39 years for a murder he didn't commit, because that's how long it took for the (then twelve year-old) witness to admit that he had lied. Two co-defendants were also exonerated.

In 1975, the boy's testimony was detailed and convincing; it wasn't until he was in his 50's that he admitted the lie, and told his pastor that it had hung over his life like a shadow. He testified this November to free Jackson, and from the article (linked below) it sounds like prosecutors tried to convince Jackson to plead guilty at the beginning of the hearing, in exchange for certain release.

He refused, and won his freedom anyway.

Sometimes this fight seems endless and hopeless; Please, keep in mind that the situation can change at any moment. In the Cleveland case there was no reason to think that, after so many years, one witness would come forward to set the record straight. It was a miracle that it happened, and that's what we hope and pray for in Coy's case.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thank you!

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you so much for getting involved this past week! I just spoke with Sylvia Coy and it looks like SPM is now receiving the care he needs, and will be getting a hospital visit soon. Your actions directly affected this situation, every single call was important. Thank you for being willing to step up. Someone (I believe @SPMFanClub) posted a youtube video that got over 13,000 views in about 5 days.

In the interest of smoothing things over with the prison system, please don't make any more calls. It doesn't sound like they were too pleased with what happened, and I hope we can avoid causing any backlash for Coy by stopping now that they've agreed to treat him.

Thank you again for responding so quickly and so overwhelmingly. If you'd like to send a letter or a Christmas card to Coy, please do so at the address below.

Carlos Coy                                                                                                                  
Wallace Pack Unit
2400 Wallace Pack Rd
Navasota, Tx


Monday, December 8, 2014

Dear Family 21



            I want to share a situation with you because I need your help. About a year ago the left side of my face felt like it was going numb, and so did my left arm. This happened while I was on the Allred Unit. They took me to the hospital that same night and after several tests, including an MRI (which is like a brainscan) they couldn’t find anything wrong. But ever since that day I’ve felt that same numbness on the left side of my face. Now, I’m on Pack One Unit in Navasota Texas and this medical condition is getting worse. About three months ago I was in the dayroom doing some exercises and I busted my head on this steel air condition vent. My head was split open, I needed stitches but all they did was clean it and bandage it. Let me just say that the worst thing that can happen to you in prison is that your health fails. The medical personnel will literally let you die if you don’t have any outside support to get their attention. So, anyway, after I busted my head open, it healed after about a week. Then one night I started feeling shaky, like it was cold. My jaw was shaking, my whole body felt like it was shivering. The next day I noticed that my jaw was still shaking, kind of like it does when you’re real cold. So, I told a nurse because it wouldn’t stop shaking. That was three months ago and I still haven’t gotten checked out. The reason I’m telling you this is because my symptoms are getting worse. Not only is my jaw shaking, but I feel dizzy and I have a pain in my head right where I busted my head open. I’m not sure if there’s blood on my brain, or if it’s something else. But things got real bad after that head injury. The problem is that the medical providers are not helping. They have not sent me to a real hospital so I can see real doctors. I’m sitting here as my condition grows worse and it’s scary as well as painful. I need to get help. I know I can depend on you because you have never let me down. I want you to call UTMB, which is the medical department of Texas prisons. Let them know that I’m suffering a pain in my head that won’t go away, that my jaw has been shaking non-stop for three months, that I feel very dizzy and that nobody at this unit is treating my emergency condition like an emergency. I don’t even know if I’ll make it by the time you get this letter, but it’s all in God’s hands. I don’t fear death, but I’m not in a hurry to meet it. But if I don’t make it, let me remind you that I love you and pray that you’ll give yourself the very best in life. Only you can give yourself the best and you’re smart enough to know what’s best and what’s not.

            Well, the numbers I have on UTMB are 936-437-4271 and 936-437-1972. Let them know we don’t want any trouble, we just want the humane treatment that any human being deserves. I wouldn’t be bothering you with this if it wasn’t serious. Let them know that you’re my friend but that we’re also like family and that you demand I be seen by real doctors immediately. Tell them that I’ve been trying to get seen by a real doctor for months and now things have gotten really bad. Thank you for helping me and if God is willing, I’ll be writing you again soon.

Con Todo Mi Amor,

From Incandesio:

Coy's inmate # is 1110642. Please, be polite, and if you want to post the first name of the individual you speak with, do so in the comments. Let them know you'd like to register a complaint; see if they'll give you a call back once the issue has been resolved. Please be willing to give your name and a phone number, so they can identify each complaint.

If you're not sure what to say, consider this a basic guide:

"Hi, my name is such-and-such. I'm calling about a prisoner who is not receiving necessary medical care. I would like to register a complaint about the delay."

"If this is not the right department, can you please transfer me to someone who can help?"

"This is very important to me; I want to make sure that my complaint is (recorded, logged, documented, etc). Would it be possible for me to receive a case number, or a call back when my friend receives his care?"

According to UTMB's Org chart, the vice president of Offender Health Services is named Owen Murray. You can ask to speak with him, although you probably won't get through, and you can ask to leave him a message.

If you run into a situation you're not sure how to respond to, let me know about it in the comments. Chances are that someone else will run into the same one and we can work together to figure out what should be said. Let's get this done.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Technical Difficulties 2

I sincerely apologize, everyone, but I am still without a computer. I hope to have my laptop back up in time to put up a real post on Friday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Trap

A question that I get a lot is, why hasn’t Coy had a retrial yet? Either from fans who want to know what’s taking so long, or from opponents who assert that, if Coy were innocent, he would have seen justice by now. Well, the Washington Post has a great article by Radley Balko about the unclear laws and difficulties prisoners face when trying to appeal based on the testimony of ‘experts’ revealed to be unreliable.

            In order to appeal, Coy would need new evidence; evidence that any expert who testified against him is no longer a credible witness may be enough, but what would constitute evidence of that? He would have to prove that the evidence was either new, or unavailable during his trial; that it would have substantially changed the outcome of the trial, and he would have to appeal within a year of it becoming when it was discovered.

            The article points out that that evidence of this kind is notoriously slippery; he uses some examples of courts simultaneously upholding an expert as credible in cases they are defending, while attempting to discredit the same expert when he testifies for the defense.

            The article describes the situation in much greater detail, and if you’re interested in how the appeals system works it’s a great read. Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for it. It seems like Oncken’s Brady violation in the caseof Glen Kahlden, or the questionable work by the CAC’s Colleen Taft 
would be enough to at least re-open the investigation. However, with the laws currently in place, it doesn’t look like they are.
It's a depressing note to end on, but keep in mind that Judge Ellis, the same one who presided over COy's trial, has requested a new trial for a defendant in the past, and Lisa Andrews, one of Coy's prosecutors, was responsible for Oncken getting called out on the Brady violation. There is always hope.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SPM Lives

No post today; instead, head over to www.spmlives.com and check out the new website. There is a blog, and you can hear SPM and Rasheed talking on the latest one: http://spmlives.com/site/ghetto-tales/spm-rasheed-part-1/

SPM mentions that he caught a case when the album was released, and gives a little information about what he expects to happen. Please, leave them a comment and let them know what you think of the site!