Prison Pete

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
  Power failure.
I got your latest note today. The letter was received untouched by either the cancellation or bar code machine.

They had a bad thunderstorm here tonight, so I am waiting to go back to the unit and get locked in to be counted. We probably will be locked in for the night since it takes them over an hour to clear the count once they start, and it is now 6:52 PM.

We now get locked in for the night at 10:00 PM. We used to get locked in at 9:15 PM and could come back out from 10:30 to 11:30 PM. At least now we can see TV until 10:00 PM.

Have you seen the NCIS show on CBS Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM? The dialogue is very cutting edge akin to Moonlighting.

Oops, this letter is now in being written in pen due to the power going out mid-word and us being rushed back to the house and locked in for count. Also, I am listening to a program called Fresh Air on NPR. They are talking about the private contractors being used in Iraq, over 20,000 people.

The thing to think about is: if they are in Iraq getting $500 per day, you know that the various companies are getting even more per person. They are making money on war!

On the way back to the unit just now I saw a full rainbow. I cannot remember ever seeing one go truly end to end!

I know you are retyping my letters, but this one is not worth typing, and it will not happen in the future. I will be able to type the rest!

To answer your question, no, I cannot get CDs, but thanks for the thought. The "good news" if I go to NY prison is I will be able to get some of those types of things!

However, the latest NY court status is looking hopeful. I am preparing an answer to the DA’s reply to my initial filing to the US District Court.

The DA was supposed to get an affidavit from my prior lawyer, but she declined to provide one! Since I am claiming ineffective assistance of counsel, and the DA did not actually specifically answer that argument, maybe (ice cube chance in Hell) then I might have the Feds tell NY that yes, my lawyer was ineffective.

Then I would sort of start over in NY and file the double punishment issue! The point is that while the Feds cannot make NY go away, they sort of would not rule "bad counsel" if the double punishment was not a valid argument!

Crap, it is 8:30 PM, the doors are back open, and we got two TVs both showing the same movie, so I cannot catch NCSI.

OK, I should be working on legal stuff anyway.
g'day from australia pete. (and editor)

am writing to congragulate you on an interesting and insightfull blog that i find quite fascinating.i think its quite an achievement for you to remain so imaginative with your writing and so observant of the slightest things in prison and human life when it would be so easy to neglect it and "go with the flow". have you always possessed this skill i wonder?? or has it been something only recently (as 8 or so years can be) discovered upon incarciration??
i am also wondering if you have had some type of attitude adjustment after spending so much reflective time in the clink in relation to your crime and sentancing?? or have you always been so honest and fair in relation to these matters??.
i thouroughly enjoy your writing and descriptions of every day life and i certainally imagine it to be a fair warning to those treading the criminal path to possible imprisonment. BEWARE! i wish you the best that i possibly can in proportion to whatever unknown crime you may of committed, as you sound as if you have tried to turn your life around and make yourself a better person. congragulations on succeding so far. shall continue reading your continuing blogs with interest and one day hope to stumble upon the answers to my questions. thankyou.
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