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Mama Speaks:Updates from Death Row

Hi, everyone!  I’m finding it very hard to get back into a trial.  I may do a “marathon” event and watch all the Holmes trial over the weekend.  It’s VERY inconvenient that Court TV is no longer being broadcast, and that HLN is still trying (and failing) to find its niche in television programming.  Am I the only one who remembers that HLN stands for “HEADLINE NEWS”?  That is ALL it USED to do…run the HEADLINES every 15-30 minutes!  To tell the truth, I haven’t seen local or national news in years!  Papa comes home when the news begins, and he just doesn’t want to watch it. He calls it “Eye WitLESS News”, and admittedly, local news here consists of murder, mayhem and traffic jams caused by people doing stupid stuff off the bridges!  I refuse to watch FOX NEWS, and papa refuses to watch MSNBC or CNN…and frankly, after reading the truth about Nancy’s Dead Fiancé (and callers fawning over her two children), I can’t take the “talk-show” format…so, I am thinking that I must live in a cave and grow mushrooms for as much as I know about the world!

Well, the news from Death Row…Wayne, my pen pal in Ohio now has email!  The prisons issued them “tablets” which the connect to a kiosk in the Day-room and they can down load their mail.  They can also buy music, and “rent” books.  This is a BIG improvement for them.  In the years I’ve been writing “my boys”, the worst is the mail.  Personally, I believe that the guards mess with it, both incoming and out-going.  Not because it contains contraband, just as a way to be hateful.  I’ve had way too many letters “never received” for it to be just “lost”…with email, either you did or didn’t mail it.  It also reduces the risk of contraband being introduced into the prison thru the mail system.  A HUGE improvement for the men on Death Row!
Toney, in Florida has heard rumors of the tablets, but hasn’t yet been told positively when/if that the tablets will arrive.  I haven’t been writing as much as I used to, and I just haven’t had the spirit to drive out there.  He sent me a “art” piece he made. I appreciate that he thought of me…but, just between you and me (and a billion other people on the Internet)  I don’t know what to do with it.  
Both men continue to work on their cases.  In some respects, it’s good that it takes so long for the appeals process is so very long, it gives these fellows something to do.  I’m not sure I would want “saving my life in a court of law” as my hobby for years on end…
One other note, then I’m done for today…I peeked into the Twitterverse today; it did not appear that any mayhem, blood or disorder was occurring.  I’d say give it another few weeks and be sure that all the craziness really is over and it might be safe to return.  There’s the sweet smell of sanity in the air…
Kelly is doing her best to get back to 100%…keep sending prayers her way!
Much love to everyone!
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7 Responses to Mama Speaks:Updates from Death Row

  1. renaes24 says:

    Would someone please fill me in on this ‘dead fiancé’ thing? I take it she was engaged to someone & they died. Is there any back-story? Anyone?

  2. Mama Via says:

    Yes, she was engaged…I think the story was that he was in construction, and picked up a worker who had just been fired, and the worker killed her fiancé…

  3. Mama Via says:

    In March 2006, an article in the New York Observer suggested that in her book Objection!, Grace had embellished the story of her college fiancé’s 1979 murder and the ensuing trial to make it better support her image. Grace has described the tragedy as the impetus for her career as a prosecutor and victims’ rights advocate, and has often publicly referred to the incident.[61] The Observer researched the murder and found several apparent contradictions between the events and Grace’s subsequent statements, including the following:

    Her fiancé, Keith Griffin, was not shot at random by a stranger, but by a former coworker, Tommy McCoy.
    McCoy did not have a prior criminal record
    Rather than denying the crime, McCoy confessed on the night of the murder.
    The jury deliberated for a few hours, not days.
    There was no ongoing string of appeals (McCoy’s family did not want any). McCoy has only once filed a habeas petition, which was rejected.

    From wiki

  4. Mama Via says:

    What SHE says:
    Excerpted from The New York Observer, March 6, 2006: Every crime-fighting superhero has a creation story. Nancy Grace, the prosecutor turned breakout star at CNN Headline News, has a particularly moving one. As she tells it, in the summer of 1980, she was a 19-year-old college student in small-town Georgia, engaged to Keith Griffin, a star third baseman for the Valdosta State University Blazers. The wedding was a few months away.
    Then, one August morning, a stranger—a 24-year-old thug with a history of being on the wrong side of the law—accosted Griffin outside a convenience store. He shot him five times in the head and back, stole $35 from his wallet, and left him dead.
    Police soon tracked down the killer, and a new phase of suffering began for Ms. Grace. The suspect brazenly denied any involvement. At trial, Ms. Grace testified, then waited as jury deliberations dragged on for three days. The district attorney asked her if she wanted the death penalty, and in a moment of youthful weakness, she said no. The verdict came back guilty—life in prison—and a string of appeals ensued.
    For Nancy Grace, the ordeal she describes felt nothing like justice. And so the Shakespeare-loving teen set out to change the justice system: first as a bulldog prosecutor, then as a Court TV and CNN anchor, crusader for victims’ rights and professional vilifier of the criminal-defense industry.

    Because of what happened in Georgia, Ms. Grace has said over and over, she knows firsthand how the system favors hardened criminals over victims. It is the foundation of her judicial philosophy, her motivation in life, her casus belli.
    And much of it isn’t true.
    Nancy Grace was engaged to a man named Keith Griffin. He was murdered in Georgia. And the man who killed him is serving a life sentence. In that, Ms. Grace’s version lines up with the official records from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, newspaper articles from the time of the murder, and interviews with many of those involved in the case.
    But those same sources contradict Ms. Grace when it comes to other salient facts of the crime and the trial—the facts that form the basis of Ms. Grace’s crusade against an impotent, criminal-coddling legal system.
    • Griffin was shot not by a random robber, but by a former co-worker.
    • The killer, Tommy McCoy, was 19, not 24, and had no prior convictions.
    • Mr. McCoy confessed to the crime the evening he was arrested.
    • The jury convicted in a matter of hours, not days.
    • Prosecutors asked for the death penalty, but didn’t get it, because Mr. McCoy was mildly retarded.
    • Mr. McCoy never had an appeal; he filed a habeas application five years ago, and after a hearing it was rejected.
    Ms. Grace has also misreported the date of the incident—it was in 1979, not 1980—and has given Griffin’s age as 25 when it was 23.
    The justice system, in other words, apparently worked the way it was supposed to.
    In an emotional phone interview ranging over the inconsistencies in her account, Ms. Grace said, “I have not researched the defendant. I have tried not to think about it.”
    “She has bent some stuff,” said Steve Griffin, Keith Griffin’s brother, in an interview with The Observer. “The reality of it is, the guy killed him. I know that. Our family knows that. There’s nothing we can do to bring him back. What she’s gonna say, she’s gonna say. I’m not gonna stop it.
    “But if she doesn’t tell the truth, it’s gonna come out sooner or later.

    PATDOLLARD (dot) com

  5. Nicole says:

    I have and will keep Kelly and all of you in my prayers. I do have a question what did you read about Nancy Grace’s fiance? I was wondering how it happend and why. Keep up the Awesome work on the blogs! I just love you guys!

  6. TrulyUSA says:

    Thanks for the explanation Mama! Kelly, please take extra special care of yourself for us!

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