January 30th, 2004
Honorable Gustav J. DiBianco
US Magistrate Judge
RE: United States v. Murtari
P.O. Box 7396 Syracuse, NY 13261-7396
Dear Judge DiBianco:
I checked with Mr. Schlanger before sending this letter. Since it addresses matters in the future for which he is not presently assigned counsel, I was told I could just send it directly and not through him. A courtesy copy is also being sent to Mr. Schlanger.
I do plan on returning to the Federal Building on February 12th to continue efforts to peacefully petition Senator Clinton for help in Family Law reform. More attempts will occur after that one. I write this letter in hope of avoiding unnecessary expense and valuable time both you and Mr. Southwick have to spend on other matters. For my family I would like to see these items brought to trial and sentence much sooner. Having to serve a string of consecutive sentences is a hardship I would like to avoid for my family if possible.
I would like to “suggest” both to the Court and the US Attorneys office the following. For a while I had considered modifying my behavior to ‘stand still’ in the hall, but I will not do that. On February 12th I will behave as I always have at the Federal Building when petitioning the Senator. If the Federal Police can treat me in a similar manner to the other arrests which occurred on the 14th floor, and the US Attorneys office can charge me with similar counts as they had before – I am willing to forgo assignment of counsel and calling witnesses for a trial. I assume there is some way for both sides to stipulate during arraignment that the testimony and evidence in the prior matter is sufficient – and you can just decide the matter of guilt or innocence in chambers and I can return within a few days for sentencing? I do want to make it clear that I am not pleading guilty or “no contest” to future charges. I still believe I have been involved in no criminal conduct in the building.
Included below are copies of some recent correspondence which may help show why this effort is so important. I also want to thank the Court for allowing me to have Christmas with Domenic. We all had a very nice time! Next week my mother and I fly out to see him for the weekend. It is his birthday and he turns 11. Our next ‘big vacation’ is Spring Break, I hope to have him here in New York from March 20-29th.
John Murtari 635-1968, x-211
CC: Asst. US Attorney Richard Southwick, Esq.
Hanley Federal Building, Room 900
100 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY 13261
CC: Mr. Craig Schlanger, Esq.
201 E. Jefferson St., Suite 530
Syracuse, NY 13202