[AKidsRight.Org] 30 More days in jail / Your help in reform / Your FEEDBACK

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From: John Murtari (jmurtari@AKidsRight.org)
Date: Tue Oct 31 2006 - 15:04:23 EST


Good People & People of Faith,

Well, 30 more days of jail.  All attempts at early release failed
(more details in a later message).  I will be released on December 1st
and hope to make a weekend visit out West to see my son in early
December and then have him with me for Christmas vacation.  Until then
I will continue my part of our effort and keep enjoying my tube
feedings -- they have saved a lot of wear & tear on my teeth.  Maybe I
will be able to become a spokesperson for Carnation Instant Breakfast:
Surviving on 8 cans a day and feeling fine!

Seriously, I hope with your efforts we can make good use of this time
as we work together for reform.

Media Contact Help
Teri Stoddard (teri@AKidsRight.Org) & Jane Spies (Lark5000@aol.com)
are exploring all the media contacts we have for additional stories.
We welcome any contacts with the media any of you may have.  The site
has several resources to help:
  http://www.AKidsRight.Org/support_jm.htm (Blog with details)
  http://www.AKidsRight.Org/paper.htm (Past Newspaper & TV Coverage)

The jail does allow reporters to do both in person and over the phone
interviews.  They also allow cameras.  I was also able to do a live
radio talk show.  The news agency must contact the jail directly to
set up a date and time.  Direct contact info is:

  Sgt. Joseph Powlina 315-435-1709 ex. 4
  or if he's not available
  Deputy Joe Caruso same number ex. 3

Tuning our Goals
The next 30 days give me more opportunity to interact with many of you
directly regarding our goals for reform.  You are welcome to write me
here at the jail (please include a legible return address):

  John Murtari
  POD 5A-4
  555 S. State Street
  Syracuse, NY 13202-2104

In a past message I shared my thoughts,
http://www.AKidsRight.Org/civil_rights_essay.htm.  I'm eager to hear
your thoughts on reform and also your personal experience with the
system.  If you can include a stamp in your letter that would be
great.  Postage is my biggest jail expense.  I look forward to hearing
from you!

(feedback follows below)
                                       John Murtari
Coordinator                            AKidsRight.Org
jmurtari@AKidsRight.Org                "A Kid's Right to BOTH parents"
Toll Free (877) 635-1968(x-211)        http://www.AKidsRight.Org/

--- <skipbrackett@mindspring.com>

> I am so glad that people like John are out there fighting for
> principle and basic human rights against a system that has evidently
> lost its sense of justice and humanity.


> You are making the ba$tard$ pay!

--- Marilyn Price <herbienym@yahoo.com>

> This just makes me sick.  He deserves better than this and so does
> his innocent son.  When will this world ever learn that kids need
> their dads? 

--- Charles <iamjahlul@aim.com>

> John, good one.  just think, if Christ had bargained away his
> responsiability. Or our Acestors that were slaves.  Keep the faith
> John.  Victory is certain.

--- Ron <RolRAGG@aol.com>

> What was done to John was absolutely horrible. I have been on
> disability for five years. Social Security pays my child
> support. Last time I went to court I had a Judge say he could impute
> income to me. Social Security had me see their doctors and they put
> me on Permanent disability. If income is imputed to me I have
> decided I will do what John has done. I don't think he should accept
> a settlement. He should serve the remainder of the
> sentence. Remember John is the victim here. John is the wronged
> party. Why should he settle. The system has failed him and his
> son. I hope John wins his case. If he does it will be a victory for
> all of us.  Thank you.

--- Robert Gartner

> October 13, 2006

> Judge Bryan Hedges
> Onondaga County Family Court
> 410 Montgomery St. 
> Syracuse, N.Y. 13202

> RE: Incarceration of Mr. John Murtari

> Dear Judge Hedges,

> I am concerned for children of fathers and for those fathers in this
> country today. I have known Mr. John Murtari for about three years
> now. I am concerned about his son Domenic and the relationship
> Domenic has with his father. From what I have heard John has
> maintained relationship with his son despite remarkable odds against
> success.

> Of course John claims that 'child support' monies have gone to
> airplane fares in order to sustain relationship with his son for
> many years. Would you have had it otherwise?

> My two daughters, each born of a different woman, and I are victims
> of similar decisions. My youngest, now twelve years of age, I have
> never seen although she lives right here in Houston, probably not
> over fifteen miles from my house. I pay the 'child support'
> administered upon me via the state Attorney General, although this
> mother chooses to sit in Denial with the grossly mistaken notion
> that I did not want a baby therefore I could not possibly want or
> need a relationship with my daughter. I believe her mother is unfit
> to be one. But you know the system. I don't have more money to fight
> for justice both for myself and for the welfare of my daughter. I
> could say the system has failed her and I am sure that the system
> could have done better to assure that my daughter gets her needs
> met.

> My oldest, now twenty dropped out of high school made a baby and
> moved back in with her mother recently. She is so alienated that she
> cannot pick up the phone and reconnect with me, not having seen me
> or heard my voice for the past fourteen years. An advocacy group
> helped her mother to take her back from me after I raised her for
> five and a half years. Her mother is a severe level parental
> alienator not unlike Deborah Geisler of Houston who sent her nine
> years old son to shoot her husband in the back, Rick Lohstroh, here
> in Houston. The son was just convicted last week at ten years old.

> Real sense is needed for Domenic and John. I implore you to please
> release John from incarceration next week. I implore you to find
> ways he can reunite with his son more easily than having to fly
> across the nation to be with him.  I implore you to reduce or throw
> out the arrearage assessments.

> John and I know about violation of justice and the systems'
> ignorance to, blindness to, and disregard for justice. Make it right
> for him please.

> Sincerely,

> Robert Gartner

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