Hi to all! I just returned from a two week stay in Olympia. We flew to Alaska for three days and had a very positive, much needed visit with Mechele. She wanted me to express her gratitude to all of you who continue to support her and follow her story. She also wanted me to thank all of you who have been so generous with your letters, books, and checks. This ordeal has been both a financial as well as emotional draining experience. Our thanks to all of you who have helped ease our burdens. As you may know, the appeal is in the final stages. We are awaiting oral arguments, which we are told will take place sometime in September or October. Mechele and I discussed at great length how we no longer trust the media to portray our side of this case. Therefore, we are taking some measures tell our side of the story ourselves. We do not want the media to be allowed to run rampant with lies, untruths and misrepresentations of the facts as they have done in the past. This time we will go public, but on our terms. We also feel that we should begin a "Free Mechele" campaign. We would like to kick this off with a letter writing campaign to the three judges who comprise the appeal court, as well as letters to the prosecution. I am hoping to have this aspect complete and ready to put into action within the next two weeks. I would really appreciate any suggestions, comments or ideas that any of you may have to make this a successful project. We really need the support of residents of Alaska, as these judges work for you, the taxpayers of the state. If anyone is uncomfortable replying directly on this blog, please feel free to email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your imput will be greatly appreciated. Believe me, your support and concern has made a big impact on Mechele and our family. We can make a difference! We can add to the attorneys appeal to "Bring Mechele Home!" I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you!
Sandy (Mechele's mom)