208Re: [WM3az] Letter to Gov. Huckabee from Jason Baldwin
- Apr 18, 2006Hey Bob!
Here is a suggestion by Jason for Awareness Day that I know you will be
My best to you and Patrice.
From Jason --
Dear Supporters of the WM3:
A friend and I were chatting this weekend when she brought up an important
issue. With Awareness Day fast approaching, what is being planned for
Arkansas? After all, this state needs to be everyone's focal point. She
proposed a brilliant idea, which I want to pass on to you.
I know many of you over the past decade or so have literally inundated the
Governor's office with letters. How many letters have been sent? Well, it
could be anyone's guess. I don't believe anyone is keeping a record, and of
course, the Governor's office keeps an apparently endless supply of those
rubber-stamped "form" letters everyone receives in response.
So the idea is this: We all write another letter to the Governor of
Arkansas-but wait! This time, instead of mailing these letters directly to
his office, we address them to the post office box listed below, like this:
WRITE TO FREEDOM
Attn: Gov. Mike Huckabee
P.O. Box 7406
Little Rock, AR 72217
How does it sound so far? (By the way, I came up with the name of this
little mission-"WRITE TO FREEDOM." It has a nice ring, doesn't it?) The
letters need to be brief, polite and focused. Gov. Huckabee says he hasn't
seen proof of our innocence. Is he satisfied with the "proofs" of our guilt?
Tell him what fact of this case troubles you most. Stress how important it
is for him to be well informed. And don't wait. There isn't much time.
Please write that letter today!
All letters must be in by Friday, May 26. As they arrive, Arkansas
volunteers will sort them as follows: Letters from Arkansans, Letters from
Other Americans, and, last but not least, Letters from Humanity around the
As Awareness Day approaches, I expect this cache of letters to grow
exponentially. In other words, I'm hoping we'll need lots of supporters here
in Arkansas just to carry them to our great state's capitol. As the date for
that event draws near, supporters here in Arkansas will post details for
anyone-from anywhere-who wants to participate.
If all goes well, local and national media will also be on hand. That's why
I want you to do this too: On the outside of your envelope, write a brief
statement about what you told the governor and what you hope he does
concerning the case of the West Memphis Three. That way, these statements
can be made available to the media, without opening the Governor's mail.
I believe the Arkansas Constitution grants power to the Governor to help
people who have been wrongly convicted. But for him to do that in this case,
he needs to know the facts. Certainly, once he does, justice will not be
Thank you, everyone. Today is my birthday and I have but one wish. This is
the last year of my twenties. I'll be happy indeed if Damien, Jessie and I
can spend just one day of it as free men.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob B." <megashub@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 9:19 AM
Subject: [WM3az] Letter to Gov. Huckabee from Jason Baldwin
Reprint from WM3.org:
On the January 5, 2006, broadcast of "Arkansans Ask: Gov. Mike
Huckabee," the Governor was asked about granting clemency to Damien, Jason
and Jessie. He stated that he was not inclined to do so. Jason wrote a
response to the Governor, which which was recently printed in the Arkansas
A protest of innocence
Arkansas Times Staff
Re: Jan. 5 broadcast of "Arkansans Ask: Gov. Mike Huckabee."
Dear Governor Huckabee:
You say you haven't seen proof of our innocence [the West Memphis Three]. I
say that is possible but only if you haven't searched. I know you are an
extremely busy man. You have to be because you have the needs of everyone
in Arkansas resting upon your shoulders. I understand and do not blame you
for taking the advice of your advisers on this case.
However, know this Governor: I was 16 years old when I was kidnapped - and
from day one I have told the truth about my innocence every chance I was
given - but no one with power or authority on earth has listened to me.
But He has. God has listened and if you don't believe it all you have to do
is look at all the hearts he has touched concerning this.
It wasn't fair or right when you said the only concerned citizens were
outsiders and that they had reached their conclusions after only viewing a
movie. There are many Arkansans who know that I am innocent who have done
more than just view a movie. No. 1 on that list is Mara Leveritt. Ask her
about the facts of this case. Debate publicly with her. Just make sure you
have your facts straight first because I guarantee you she has hers.
Better yet, drop to your knees and ask God about this in prayer. Be a hero,
Governor Huckabee. Take the initiative and really look at this case. If you
don't, I understand and I've already forgiven you. Just know this: My faith
will never waver and should it do so - God will pick up the slack.
P.S. Congratulations on your health. I'm a counselor here in prison and I
use your example as a role model for the guys to emulate. Thank you.
C. Jason Baldwin
Jason Baldwin, who was convicted at age 16 in the slaying of three West
Memphis children in 1993, is serving a life sentence at Tucker. Another
co-defendant also received a life term and Damien Echols has been sentenced
to die for the crime.
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