I have often talked about vigilante justice and at the extreme end of it is the treatment of Veronza Bowers. This is something that is done at the national level from within the confines of the Department of Justice and there is no repercussions when opposed by the courts.
Once a day goes by where a person is confined there is no way to get it back. The rightness or wrongs of the original incident is material. We are a nation of laws and to have confidence that the system works is the basis for an orderly society.
Veronza Bowers has about as good a legal defense team as can be brought together and it comes at no cost to him. However, how many people in a country of over 300 million citizens have the assets or resources to assemble such a team much less pay for it.
Now think what your chances are against such a systems.
Dear Family& Friends of Veronza,
On August 26, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
rendered a decision on Veronza’s appeal. In a 45-page ruling, the
Court overturned the U.S. District Court’s decision denying Veronza’s
petition for writ of habeas corpus. In its reversal, the Court
concluded that the United State Parole Commission engaged in
“unauthorized actions” which “impermissibly tainted” the Commission’s
actions in this case.
The good news in the decision is the Court’s complete and thorough
discrediting of rogue Commission Deborah Spagnoli, holding her
accountable for “flagrant”, “unwarranted”, “unauthorized” and
“unlawful” actions revealing her bias against Veronza. That being the
case, the Court voided the Commission’s actions after May 17, 2005,
when the Commission decided to grant Veronza release on mandatory
The bad news is that the Court failed to concur with Veronza’s legal
team and Magistrate Judge Susan Cole. She had found that it was no
longer possible for Veronza to receive a fair hearing at the
Commission and that he should be released immediately on parole.
Instead, the Court of Appeals found that the case should be sent back
to the district court and, from there, to the Commission. Once the
district court sends the case back to the Commission, it will have
sixty days to decide whether to allow the May 17, 2005 decision to
stand. The Court did not preclude the Commission from reconsidering
its May, 2005 decision, but ruled that it must proceed in a manner
authorized by the rules and regulation of the Parole Act as passed by
Congress. If the Commission does not initiate proceedings within the
time frame prescribed by the Court, the writ of habeas corpus will be
granted and the Commission directed to begin planning the
implementation of Veronza’s release on mandatory parole.
Veronza’s legal team is already hard at work in formulating a
response to the 11th Circuit’s decision. The entire decision as well
as an article about it written by Associate Press reporter Greg
Bluestein has been posted on Veronza’s web site at http://veronza.org
I speak with Veronza regularly. He asked me to assure you that he is
fine, and expressed his love and appreciation for each and every one
of you. Having you on his side makes it possible for him to endure.
I will keep you posted.