Monday, June 28, 2010

Hi to all!

Sorry I haven't posted earlier as well! Spent an absolutely wonderful two weeks with my precious daughter and delighful granddaughter. Colin is so on target (as always!) when he talked about the little things that we all take for granted. Sharing jokes, walks, fixing coffee for each other. Watching tv and holding hands. Let this be a true lesson for all you dear friends. Give your child an extra hug, your spouse and extra kiss. Stop and enjoy each of the "little things" that are so often taken for granted. You truly don't miss them until they are taken away from you. Mechele is doing great! She is not wasting precious and energy with bitterness and hate. Instead she has turned her energies into a positive direction and your support has shown her that we are not alone in our mission to bring her home for good. Things have been crazy here since my return. For those who do not know this, I am a Realtor in south Mississippi. We have finally recovered from Katrina and now are having to deal with this horrible oil spill. If that isn't enough we are at the start of hurricane season and actually have one already in the Gulf. This has been devasting to so many people, espcially our friends in south Louisiana. Please keep these resiliant people in your prayers. Hope to go back to Anchorage beginning of August. I love and value each and every one of you!!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thoughts to share

Hello to all,

I must apologize for the delay in posting to the blog. I have had very limited access to the internet (dang router). I check my email daily, and try to respond quickly. It’s been a crazy time.

There is much confusion about this. The public evidence about my case is abundant. However, the only available evidence is what has been given by the State. There are some items that have been individually posted by the ADN that are independent of the prosecution’s discretion. There are also some items that my husband has posted that are not directly at the State’s discretion. However, we have been very reluctant to post anything and to let the legal issues stay in the court. Throughout the appeal and the bail hearing, we have kept our arguments in the court. We are also very aware that there is a ‘court of public opinion’. It is a shame that this ‘court’ has influence beyond legal arguments.

We will never try this case through the media. However, it is also not productive to not make available evidence that reveals the true irresponsibility of the State’s allegations. This is easier said than done. It requires legal counsel and emotional energy. It has been a non issue during the appeal and the bail hearing (which is still ongoing). But now, it is time to start putting some information out there.

There is confusion about this posted by some internet surfers. They argue that everything that pertains to the case is online. If it isn’t online, then it simply doesn’t exist. This is naive at best. Let me explain for those visitors who are not exactly sure how to obtain these records or do proper research. The evidence, records, or transcripts that have been generated through the internet come from a large pool. This pool of information is available to every person, however they have to request it and pay for it from the state. There has been only a small volume of documentation from that pool that has been posted.

I have decided that it is best to post various documents that are public record but aren’t available online. It will take some time and will be a detailed process. I am working on a website that will be able to contain this volume of data securely. We are now at a point that this is possible. Anything posted has to be vetted and approved by our attorneys. Up until now, our legal counsel has advised us not to post documents related to the trial. The postings will be from previous trial, and ongoing motions. These documents will be posted once they are filed with the court and approved by our counsel. Again… this will be a slow process, so please bear with me. It, of course, will be free. I’ll let you know, via this blog, when this new website is up.

I appreciate all the support you have given me. I appreciate those of you who have taken time and energy out of your life to write me and those who have offered and given help.

There are truly angels here and I would be a lesser being without you,


Heya friends,

I have been super busy with life. I have been very blessed to have all your support. It means the world to me. The blessings and hope you send keep me going.

It has been great to spend time with my wife and daughter together. We have been having so much fun. It has been unbelievable to be able to cuddle with my wife again. Simple things are so precious. To joke, play games, argue and discuss, walk, eat. These are things we all take for granted to some degree with our spouse. It is wonderful.

I haven’t been able to post anything about the case because of legal constraints. Right now we aren’t even done with our bail. As of this moment we have bail conditions that aren’t feasible and are legally dubious. So, we fight on.

I will be going back to Washington for awhile. We have three combat brigades coming back to Fort Lewis and my position at the Department of Defense directly involves returning soldiers.

Thank you all again for your love,