PLEASE Sign the Petition for Christopher Pittman!
>Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2006 01:47:22 EDT
>Subject: [drugawareness] PLEASE Sign the Petition for Christopher Pittman!
>The last show I did with Barbara Simpson on Coast to Coast radio, the first
>part of December of 2001, was on the case of young Christopher Pittman. Then
>12, Chris had just shot his grandparents in South Carolina and burned the
>house down. Although it had not yet been publicly announced it was
>clear to me
>from the turn of events that one of these antidepressants were behind this
>tragedy and I immediately went to work to contact Chris's family,
>attorney. This was also evident to Barbara after doing numerous shows with me
>on these drugs, and she contacted me wanting to do a show about it. She was
>concerned that Chris and his family needed answers and she knew I was the one
>who generally gave those answers to these families. Of course I let Barbara
>know that action had already begun in that direction. And without
>confirmation of what we already knew in our hearts Barbara and I did a four
>hour radio show on this case and the issue of antidepressant medications and
>within days any blanks on names of medications and length on them had been
>filled in by the mainstream press.
>Not long after that I got a call from and began working closely with a
>friend of the Pittman family, the coroner in charge of handling
>things for the
>funeral for Christopher's grandparents - Watson Wright. We had MANY long
>conversations after that first call. Watson was one of the best
>darned coroner's in
>the country and had the awards and positions to prove it. He sent me hard
>copies of all the articles on Christopher's case - he had saved them all. He
>wanted to help in anyway he could. He knew that is what Joy and Joy Pittman
>would have wanted him to do for their grandson. He knew Christopher had not
>committed this crime out of choice. He had wanted to come with us to
>testify to the FDA about the dangers of these drugs and what he has had to
>witness as a coroner because of the drugs. Watson was a wonderful man and
>still owner of the Pittman's dog when he died this past year. The
>a great loss in his passing.
>Several years later Andy Vickery, one of the best darned attorneys in this
>country - especially when it comes to SSRI antidepressants, let me know that
>he wanted to handle an SSRI criminal case. My response was "Great, I am glad
>to hear that!" And the next thing out of my mouth was encouragement to make
>Christopher's case the one he decided to try. In the end
>Christopher's case was
>the case he picked to take to court. That the case went the way it did
>during trial is only evidence of how completely illegal it should be
>drug companies assist the prosecutors to the extent they do. Of
>course they do
>that in order to insure their drugs are not found guilty in any case because
>an individual taking their drug is found innocent of a crime he committed
>while under it's influence. It is negative press and affects marketing
>drastically as well as leading to additional wrongful death suits.
>I am telling you all of this so that you know full well how involved I have
>been in Christopher's case and how many hours I have devoted in support in
>every possible way. Now I am asking you to do the same by signing
>yourself, if you have not yet done so, and ask you to PLEASE pass it on to
>others asking them to do the same. It needs to be done quickly as there is a
>court date set in early October and the desire, as you will read below, is to
>have that petition ready to present before that date.
>You can find the petition online at _www.drugawareness.org_
>(<http://www.drugawareness.org>http://www.drugawareness.org) on the
>front left hand side of the page or go directly to the
>petition at this address:
>Thank you on behalf of Christopher and his family and all of those of us who
>love him. And know that this will help all of the other hundreds of children
>in Christopher's position. There have been so many . . . and they continue
>to come in so quickly. For instance we recently had another 12 year old boy
>kill his sister and the 10 year old boy who shot his doctor/father
>is going to
>court in Houston any day now.
>Ann Blake Tracy, Ph.D.,
>Executive Director, International Coalition For Drug Awareness
>Author: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? - Our Serotonin Nightmare
>& CD or audio tape on safe withdrawal: "Help! I Can't Get
>Off My Antidepressant!"
>Order Number: 800-280-0730
>Christopher Pittman's oral arguments will be coming up in October. The hope
>is to give the bill and petition to Andy Vickery in turn to give to the South
>Carolina Supreme Court. By doing this it will show the justices that there
>is indeed a consensus out here wanting juvenile justice reform and
>new laws in
>place for involuntary intoxication on mediations for kids like Chris.
>Chris is the poster child for what Teenscreen can do to their children. His
>petition desperately needs more signatures if the courts are ever going to
>take change serious.
>I strongly believe that South Carolina may just be the state that will
>change amendments on the medicated drug intoxication issue, because
>of Chris . . .
>if people truly believe that these drugs do this to adults and children ,
>why would they not support a petition that may help make change in the laws
>once a person commits a crime while on an SSRI?
>Can you please help me with this Chris is running out of time. I would like
>to ask if you could pass this on to those that may be able to help as they
>did with the teenscreen petition that has already toped 11,000, this is what
>Christopher's petition honestly needs to show.
>I am sure with you asking we can gain much more support for Chris as well
>as Andy when he presents the oral arguments.
>Anything that you can do will be greatly appreciated by me, JJFC and
>Christopher and his family.
>Also when the date is set, Andy has given the ok for a rally after the
>arguments, I hope that you will consider coming as well as many
>others. I will
>send you all the information as soon as a date is set by the courts.
>Again I thank you for any help that you can give.
>Justice for Juveniles