The Uphill Slide

There is always something.

09/04/2017
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Truth or Dare

My stomach flip-flopped as I climbed the steps at the Allegheny County Courthouse almost two months ago. The vise was tightening. Psychological torture. Control device. Others call it rehabilitation and just a monitoring tool. Just a difference of opinion? This … Continue reading

04/26/2017
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Righteous Justice?

Years never expressing an opinion of the death penalty. “Thou shalt not kill” I was taught though that seemed incongruous with “An eye for an eye”. The death penalty was legal and then it wasn’t and then it was. The … Continue reading

03/11/2017
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Enough Injustice to Go Around

It’s not just the wrongfully convicted and their family that pays for that injustice. Read Jeannette Popp’s story about how she felt to find the wrong men were convicted of her daughter’s murder. Then she faced the real killer.  

02/11/2017
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Sentencing Hearing #2

Two weeks after the October 7, 2015,  hearing, we were back in the same room before the same judge. This time Jacob was wearing his suit wrinkled from storage in the jail, the same suit he was wearing the day … Continue reading

02/10/2017
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Sentencing Hearing #1

I’ve had unfinished drafts saved for a while, and it’s time to finish Jacob’s story. Forgive my disjointed approach. We arrived for the sentencing on the morning of October 7, 2015, with several of Jacob’s friends. Jacob was guided down … Continue reading

02/05/2017
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If You Go Back To Jail

“If you go back to jail.” Who ever thought I would say those words so calmly? I make so many statements that seem to be in some foreign language. Can I really be saying this? But those are the words … Continue reading

01/13/2017
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Juries

I’ve often wondered what went on in the jury room at Jacob’s trial. The decision on the five charges was split finding him not guilty of the most serious charges and guilty on three. It was anti-climatic as the not … Continue reading

01/10/2017
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Found A Penny

January 10, 2017 was the day for oral arguments in my son’s appeal. My daughter had to work, so we needed a babysitter for my grandson. I called a couple of people who had other commitments that day. Then I … Continue reading

12/09/2016
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What Other People Say Tells Me That I Am Not Crazy or Alone

Below are quotes from lawyers and from the accused in this story documented in the film Southwest of Salem:  The Story of the San Antonio Four directed by Deborah Esquenazi. If you do not know the story of the San Antonio Four, … Continue reading