Friday, June 5, 2015


To determine the session law of the first occurrence (ratification of) the below statutory subsection:
2014 CRS: §16-5-204(4)(lima) - Any person may approach the prosecuting attorney or the grand jury and request to testify or re-testify in an inquiry before a grand jury or to appear before a grand jury. The prosecuting attorney or the grand jury shall keep a record of all denials of such requests to that prosecuting attorney or grand jury, including the reasons for not allowing such person's to testify or appear. If the person making such request is dissatisfied with the decision of the prosecuting attorney or grand jury, such person may petition the court for hearing on the denial by the prosecuting attorney or the grand jury. If the court grants the hearing, then the court may permit the person to testify or appear before the grand jury, if the court finds that such testimony or appearance would serve the interests of justice. As transposed from 1963 CRS: §39-5-204; presumably subsection (4)(lima).
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cribbage and Snuff in prison visitation

Mary-Ellen visited me last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visitation is an odd prospect. Each party comes from their world to a break room of small closely packed tables and vending machines.  Here they are allowed to co-exist and interact until 4pm then we have to retreat from the brief overlap to our respective worlds.

We sat at different assigned table and different sides of the room each day.  I had the better view, that looked into the room rather than a close wall.  This is so the monitors can see my face and take notice of me swallowing contraband. 

So, we played cribbage, ate processed and packaged food, talked, and avoided contrabandish activity.  I had to reschedule a conflicting medical appointment for chronic sinus pain on Saturday.  I proposed to tell the nurse, at the re-scheduled appointment, that something to induce sneezing could be a treatment starting point.  Mary-Ellen suggested wasabi too.  During the Sunday visitor bathroom break I tore open  a small black pepper packet and contemplated the varigated grains.  This real pepper was worlds from the ground-to-silt tree bark substitute in the chow hall.  I pondered the implications of snorting some - decidedly contrabandish behavior.  I settled on pushing my finger onto the pepper flakes to get a sample stuck to the finger tip and pushing the pepper into each nostril, discretely. Mary-Ellen returned to ask what I was doing. 

"Pushing pepper into my nose," was my response.

"Do you think it will work," she asked.

I replied, "I can't tell."

We resumed chatting, eating, and playing cribbage, without any further thought to the merits of nasal ingestion of black pepper,  After 20 minutes I sneezed a half dozen times. (Have not had sinus pain since.)

Mary-Ellen closed out the afternoon with the only 24 point hand of the weekend.  Upon departure she said, "Keep on doing all the things you're doing," in reference to letters to state legislators, sentence commutation to the governor, and inter-state transfer request to the Dept. of Corrections.

Please stay tuned for all these political / bureaucratic interactions.


Note from MEP  /  The chow hall only allows packets of aspartame as officials are concerned inmates will make hooch out of sugar packets. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Addresses for Commutation letters

Letters for commutation for Jason can be sent directly to:

Offender Services
2862 South Circle Drive
CO Springs, CO 80906
Mary Kanan
Director of Executive Clemency
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

CCA, A Causal Influence in the Formation of I.S.I.S.

CCA advisors (executives, board members, trainers, etc.) volunteered and flew themselves to Iraq during the U.S. occupation to advise the military on how to operate Iraqi prisons. It is established that the abuses at those Iraqi prisons (remember Abu Grhaib) were the germ for I.S.I.S.

Yes, I.S.I.S. started as abused and disenfranchised prisoners. Thus; CCA, by extending their narcissism and arrogance to how the military should oppress an occupied population, gave the world this Islamic state.

Peace, Jason

One could only hope that the massive U.S. prison population could unionize into a peaceful organization without disenfranchisement. Without a vote our politico will continue to allow abuses in the justice system. One can see this need from recent events in the fight against racial injustice. The percentage of Blacks in our prisons that can’t vote…? Can it be deliberate? Have the laws on our books been designed for just this gross oppression which affects the poor as well?

Peace Mary-Ellen

Sunday, December 21, 2014

How Often Can We Be Wrong About Everything We Think?

Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter of support for the commutation or signed the group letter.
Some landmark points in my life have been the discovery of mistaken beliefs about how things work. These occurrences form the basis of the essay below.
How Often Can We Be Wrong About Everything We Think?
Let's pace over the well-trod ground of misconception. At various
times in our lives we discover that everything we think is wrong. I
hope to address any misconceptions about the legal defects I have tried
to correct.  The operating misconceptions of a first timer to the judicial system enabled and caused these misconceptions to prevail. 
The defects are most concisely represented by this fact: A week
after sentencing my attorney, Kathryn Hay, informed me that she would file notice of appeal and recommend range testing. The range should have been resolved in the mind of Ms. Hay on
week one of representation. I speculate that she must have felt some guilt for her ramblings at sentencing where she made only one concrete statement; that I shot Marc Bender from four feet. [Anyone following Michael Brown, Ferguson Mo., or with rudimentary ballistics knowledge, knows that determinability drops after 12" and becomes indeterminate at 18"!] Babbling an incongruous distance was her way to refute the prosecutor's testing from 0"->12". Hell, she was on a roll from having me sign the plea contract uncounseled and having the head public defender tell me (without knowledge of range, or anything?) that it was plea or be found guilty of first degree murder.
That's three massive misconceptions: 1) range testing after sentencing, 2) uncounseled plea, 3) appeal to uninformed authority.
A fourth, that encompassed the first three, is that Hay had assured
my family that there were defensible issues and that she would defend
Five is that Patricia Lara planted false statements in the pre-sentence investigation report; one, that my then spouse worked at the bar where it all went down, and more grievously, that Marc Bender was "an innocent by-stander to the collapse of the marriage." Mr. Bender invited Cari Pecci to move in with him the first time they copulated,
and was the cause of the collapse of the marriage. But that's not relevant, is it? No. Ms. Lara inserted this clause from training, so that it could be projected to Bender generally; as "an innocent bystander" to everything. This renders it impossible, in the stage show of a courtroom, for him to be the recipient of any effect he caused.
How elegant are the intentionally imposed misconceptions within
the system that everyone conceives to function with goals of equanimity,
justice, and such? These acts against me prove that I was in an environment opposed to its advertised purpose. This achieved the misconceived goal, by the owners of the system, of telling an aggrandized story, to support an aggrandized sentence, and perpetuate aggrandized authority. Everything we thought was wrong.
Let us reverse this and look at the situation from the first impressions, which leveraged the five complaints above. Someone shoots
their wife's boyfriend in the parking lot of a bar; enough said, res
ipsa loquitur, right? We are wired to make minimal evaluations to continue to acquire air, food, shelter, and the other needs of Mazlow's
hierarchy. These type of estimations would always prove inaccurate if researched. We never know because we don't take courses in logic and critical thinking and seek employment making researched findings for a society that has to make their own evaluations in their fields of expertise. Most of us are accountable for
our findings and actions in support of our employment, and perforce, correct relevant bad assumptions, estimations, and accusations. My experience has been that thinking wrong; while intolerable in private business; serves the ends
of the judicial branch of our government. They run better (by unchecked
authority) under the "that's my story and I'm sticking to it" paradigm.
I hope you can see the perverse irony of how a defendant may bring that
same paradigm to confront a charge, like a sparrow into a courthouse
wall. Whatever these judicial shot-callers choose to think becomes
permanent. Immutable. Its falsehood emanates from a foundation of
law degrees, false logic, and privilege of assumption as profound as it
is invisible.
          This indulgence – decadent manipulation executed in high profile invisibility – leaves this query; is the wrong thinking intentional, whereby they have thought of ‘right’ but indulge in ‘wrong,’  or,  has the privilege of public deception evolved to self-deception and we, the “voice of the people” believe, along with them that they are incapable of misconception?

          If the latter is true then everything I have thought is wrong.  They are not simply deceitful, they are pathologically delusional.

                    The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with
                    your opinions and content with your knowledge.

                                                  Elbert Hubbard

Post Script:  by Mary-Ellen
I have to give Jason credit for saying “If the latter is true…”