I’d like to take this time to thank all those involved in and responsible for seeing that the proper light is being shed on this injustice that so many of us has suffered under the guise of the federal justice system. Of course I’m talking about the ridiculous practice of “stacking” the 924(c) statute/charges/sentences against those of us who have had the unfortunate circumstance of having multiple 924(c) charges charged against us in our indictments.
I want you all to know that I, and those of us who stand convicted of these charges really do appreciate all your time, efforts and sacrifices you’ve made and continue to make in seeing these practices come to an end and the 924(c) statute repealed and amended to meet Congress’ true objective to stop and/or deter recidivism and keep guns out of the hands of those committing crimes/criminals. It’s imperative that all involved in this struggle and fight realize that we do understand the true essence of appreciation and value those of you who truly care about us and our cause.
We know you want us home as bad as, or even more than we want to be there. With that being said, I have to say, stress and emphasize the fact that, although we’re gaining momentum and getting closer to our objective, we can’t settle for mere “progress” being made in reaching our goal in a fight that shouldn’t even be necessary in the first place. I say this because the fight to change the drug laws, that are just now seeing the fruits of the years of labor many have put in, are just now making relevant “progress” and again, that was “years” in the making.
We must not settle for Congress and/or other lawmakers “word” that they will “consider” or “take under advisement” the Sentencing Commission’s proposed necessary changes to the 924(c) “stacking” practice; or the few Congressmen like Bobby Scott’s desire to see these changes or the family and friends of those of us locked up under this practice need and want for change. No, we’ve got to “DEMAND” these changes IMMEDIATELY!
I mean, look at what we are asking for, a common sense reading and understanding of this intended “recidivist” statute. They sense is not common, the truth of which becomes more relevant and validated with the absurd interpretation of laws and their enactment regularly from Capital Hill and the U.S. Supreme Court. Why do we applaud those law makers and interpreters of those laws when they get them right after years of wronging so many? I mean, who deserves recognition for something their job or position requires them to do anyway?
The satisfaction and compensation should come from the fact that you have fulfilled your responsibilities that you were elected or selected to do in the first place. I mean, would you compliment a father for expressing the fact that he takes care of his children? Isn’t he supposed to in the first place? I guess when it’s not a common practice for someone to do something required of them you should applaud their efforts to fulfill their responsibilities.
So I guess I’ve answered my own rhetorical question, yes we should congratulate Congress, the Senate, Obama and U.S. Supreme Court when they do “get it right” since it’s uncommon that they carry out their responsibilities in a manner they were elected to in the first place. So yeah, thank you Congress, Senate, Obama, Sentencing Commission for appearing to take notice of the absurdity of the 924(c) “stacking” provision that is and has been unjustly applied to so many of us for far too long.
But we’d really appreciate it if you’d actually “act” and correct the mistakes and errors of the interpretation of this provision that has caused so many of us so much pain, loss and hardship for far too long. For those of us who’ve suffered due to this provision for years I want to paint a picture for you. Imagine coming into this system as a result of this 924(c) provision as it’s being applied right now and back then.
Imagine coming into the system at such a young age that you are still considered a child yourself. But imagine having children barely able to walk. Now imagine those same children having children themselves. That makes that young individual like myself, my co-defendants and so many others like us “grandfathers” now. We come in as children and spend so long in this system that we’ve gone from barely being fathers to being grandparents. What will it take to bring these changes about to get out there to at least be there to raise our “grandchildren” since we weren’t there, as a result of the absurd interpretation of the 924(c) statute? Will it take for us to be carried out of here in a box?
Is it just to destroy so many families and kill a man because of the misinterpretation of a few words in a statute? Why is it so easy to determine that a young man is beyond rehabilitation because of the application of a statute that is designed to be applied to “repeat” offenders when that young man is a first time offender? Miller v. Alabama speaks to the contrary of that. But I forgot, this country kills individuals annually because the law as written and applied to them was proper in its reading and interpretation and those lawmakers and judges rest easy because of that “absurdity” even when they find out later that the wrong man was put to death.
So again, we sincerely thank those of you who are in this struggle with us and trying to help bring justice to us and our families. We just ask that you all, that “we” all keep up this fight and effort for change so that those of us who have missed out on our children’s growing up and have now become grandparents, will have the opportunity to be there for our grandchildren childhoods and our children’s lives and so that those of us in this struggle who haven’t been down as long, get a chance at a real life outside these walls and get to spend years with their families and children “live and in person” as opposed to from behind glass, tables, emails and phones. Again, thank you all so very much, YOU ARE APPRECIATED…
Let us Remind the politicians how they can correct their mistakes. Do the following and help us bring them home: