Scott Dean must be freed

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I have never met Scott Dean personally, but I have come to know him far better than most because Scott and I have been writing to each other ever since he arrived at the Georgia State Prison at Reidsville.

I have undertaken this correspondence as a personal ministry because I have experienced the heartbreak of a close family member being incarcerated and am aware of the profound loneliness, humiliation and personal degradation that prisoners and their families endure. Some remain unrepentant, and some acknowledge their crimes and try to compensate for them. But there are some, often among the forgotten, who endure the rigors of prison, innocent of the charges that placed them there in the daily company of murderers and psychopaths.

Through his letters, Scott has taken me into the depths of prison life: the humiliation, the scorn, the depravity, the danger. He has touched my heart with the humility he has learned in this terrible environment. Having to endure the betrayal of a loved one has not made him bitter, but has resulted in a resolve to renew and repair his broken family.

The testimony that put him in prison has been recanted. As Scott’s supportive wife, Renee, has stated: No victim, no crime. He is being allowed to remain in a dangerous place that he does not deserve to be in. Every day that this man remains incarcerated is a miscarriage of justice and exposes him to possible harm. The fact that his imprisonment was based on false charges compels an immediate release. It’s time.

Kathy Campbell Fullbright

Harlem

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/14/13 - 12:03 am
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I tend to agree

At least give him bail until the whole thing gets sorted out.

jkline
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jkline 03/14/13 - 04:41 am
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Incomplete

The writer of this piece would do better to give more detail. She assumes that everyone is already familiar with all details of this case, and so that just by saying that his wife says "no victim, no crime," the question is answered. We do not know what the crime was, who the victim was, what the circumstances of the witness' perjury was (the word "perjury" is not used, but that is what I understand a statement under oath, later admitted to be false is normally called), or really any basic facts to understand this case. All I can be sure of is that the writer wants the man freed. The "why" of it is not clear to me from this piece.

avidreader
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avidreader 03/14/13 - 04:45 am
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Good Letter

Ms. Fullbright's comments are solid and offer some reasonable insight into Mr. Dean's possible innocence. I agree with Fiat -- let this man out of prison and allow him to spend precious time revisiting the events of his tragic conviction. I believe that there is doubt; the court's system may have bungled this one.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/14/13 - 07:36 am
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The doubt is there

There is a lot of doubt about this case....he needs another chance.....something didn't sit right on this from the beginning.....jmo

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/14/13 - 08:11 am
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Freeing convicted people

Freeing convicted people based on recanting witnesses after the verdict poses a bigger problem.

Families, communities, Special Interest Groups, or gang members of the convicted person all could pressure, pay off, or threaten witnesses into recanting.

A higher court will have to review the new evidence and issues with another hearing. But, only after an investigation is conducted by a higher law enforcement authority and none of the original court or investigative personnel involved.

At each step of the way the system could be rigged for, or against him.

While swift Justice is normally the goal, corrective Justice is often slow coming if "The Process" might have screwed up.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/14/13 - 08:33 am
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Another female correspondent?
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Other than his wife? This man knows how to "smuz the ladies". He has made a career in this field. From what has been said and done. But, hey, lets wait until he gets home and has a dispute with one of his children and we will be back in court.

Everyone is hail is innocent. In their own mind.

Perjury in open court is the key word. Witness tampering is another word.

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 03/14/13 - 08:40 am
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The Process

The process is indeed slow, it has been an agonizing two years for this family.

It is time now for "the process" to get off it's duff and make things right!

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/14/13 - 08:45 am
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Troy Davis vs. Scott Dean
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7 out of 9 witnesses recanted their testimony, in the Troy Davis trial. Was Troy released? Why would people be so quick to release Scott Dean, after being found guilty by a jury of his peers, just as Troy Davis was?

Troy vs. Scott. Bot have recanted witness testimony, yet lets see how this plays out....

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 03/14/13 - 08:50 am
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Troy Davis

His witnesses recanted, not his "victim". Different story entirely.

concercitizen
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concercitizen 03/14/13 - 09:26 am
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HenryWalder3rd- Scott Dean

HenryWalder3rd- Scott Dean was not accused of and closely associated with a murder case.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/13 - 10:26 am
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Recant

Barry Paschal wrote a column reminding us of the two possibilities. The "victim" either was lying under oath or is now lying in the recantation. There is no real way to know which one is the truth. The courts will take a long time to sort this one out.

The DA’s office put on a full-court press in that trial; even setting a trap which Marlin Dean stepped into that allowed the District Attorney herself to testify in the trial. The DA’s office will not back away readily in this case.

my.voice
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my.voice 03/14/13 - 11:07 am
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So we free the man because

So we free the man because you have written him in prison? Does his wife know about these "letters" the two of you are sharing with one another?

And to use your own argument logic, if he IS guilty, letting him out poses no threat? For someone who doesn't really know Scott Dean, you sure are under his spell.

Let the system do what it does.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/14/13 - 11:10 am
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Give it a rest Hank

Why can't you deal with the issue at hand instead of trying to walk it and every topic off track so that we all stand before your own personal soapbox? We all know what your underlying agenda is for every single discussion you join. We know.

It has become tiresome.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 03/14/13 - 11:11 am
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@nocnoc

Excellent points and information that I did not consider at all.

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 11:32 am
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"All I can be sure of is that the....

writer wants the man freed. The "why" of it is not clear to me from this piece."
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You must be new to the area or you have been living under the proverbial rock. Ask around, read the Chronicle archives..

Enough said...

harlemgirl
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harlemgirl 03/14/13 - 11:25 am
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Penn State

The knee jerk reaction around the time of the Penn State mess had to have been in the minds of the jurors for the Dean trial. Those who did not follow the trial could easily have jumped on that guilty bandwagon.

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 11:34 am
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Let's let due process sort....

this thing out.

The obvious question facing authorities at the moment is; was she lying then, or is she lying now, and why?

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 11:37 am
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Just waiting for Hank...

or someone else to bring up the "injustice" in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal for contrast and comparison.

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HenryWalker3rd 03/14/13 - 11:51 am
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Another Racial Comment from Hank
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Before you guys go on as you do, I was simply comparing testimony being recanted.

Your problem is: Someone isn't afraid to speak about "touchy" subjects in this forum.

This and these topics account for about 3% of my life.

Too bad Henry isn't my real name.

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 12:08 pm
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That's okay, Hank, Darby is...

not mine either...

All the "great ones" use a nom de plume and some of us, even a nom de guerre.

Darby
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Darby 03/14/13 - 12:21 pm
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And Hank, one more thing,

if you will indulge me.

You do seem to see a racial bigot behind every blade of grass.

Trust me, (or not) while we do have a problem in this country. It exists on both sides of the racial fence. It's going to require effort from good people of differing views if we are ever to make meaningful progress. It sure as hell won't come as a result of legislation.

It can result from listening to and understanding each other's concerns.

One last point... if we don't understand the problem we can't form a solution. We need to come to the realization that our problem is not racism, but bigotry. Bigotry on BOTH SIDES.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/14/13 - 12:22 pm
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Comparison

HenryWalker3rd posted:

Before you guys go on as you do, I was simply comparing testimony being recanted.

Actually, as I read your 9:45 am post, you were not comparing the testimony. Instead, you were comparing events surrounding two different people.

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burninater 03/14/13 - 01:49 pm
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HenryWalker3rd, differing

HenryWalker3rd, differing community response to different cases of recanted testimony is an entirely appropriate issue to discuss.

Don't let people stifle the airing of legitimate issues with derogatory social pressures (eg. get off your "personal soapbox", stop being "tiresome"). You have as much of a right to raise issues meaningful to you as anyone else does. Don't let an individual's attempts to stifle discussions, just because they don't like them, get in your way.

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Riverman1 03/14/13 - 03:29 pm
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I believe what Scott Dean did

I believe what Scott Dean did clearly came out in the trial. It was also interesting what his wife, Renee, said transpired in testimony. Also, Dean's character from past incidents confirmed his behavior as did the testimony of Ashley Wright confirming the witnesses' behavior.

Having said all that, what he did was not bad enough to keep him in prison for 20 years. He has been incarcerated awhile and if he got out today, considering what was actually done to the daughters, I wouldn't complain. There was no evidence of actual rape. He's been punished enough.

However, it's interesting about the statistics of women who have claimed someone raped them. They often recant for many reasons. Some valid...some not. Another story there.

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LillyfromtheMills 03/14/13 - 04:05 pm
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* I thought I was in the lounge - :)

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/14/13 - 05:53 pm
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Appears someone still has

Appears someone still has their hurt feelings on their shoulders.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/15/13 - 08:51 am
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ICL and others.
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A hit dog will holler.

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 03/15/13 - 08:55 am
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Burninater - I'm used to it.
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Burninater - I'm used to it. You know the Robert Frost poem about roads diverging in the woods.....yea, that's me. Thanks for the encouragement!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/15/13 - 10:38 am
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I couldn't agree with you

I couldn't agree with you more Henry....just made an observation and called no names. My comment wasn't directed at you but guess truth wins out.

stopabuseofpower
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stopabuseofpower 04/07/13 - 09:34 am
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What is it going to take for

What is it going to take for this town to understand that not only do we have a broken down court system,we have people in those positions that make the situation as bad as it is. They could do their job with a conscience,but what they do is...they make their decisions before they even go into court. When a judge is the sole person to decide what is evidence and what isn't...something is very wrong,when rules of conduct are not followed when those involved abuse their power you know in your heart that something is terribly wrong,not just with the system but the characters of the people making these decisions..the judges,the lawyers,the guardians and the police officers. If I did not know first hand...I could not sit here and tell you what I know to be true...is true. The police had no choice but to take the statement,but then was put into the hands of a guardian...that was the downfall of this case...ask a guardian how much her investigation means to any case in juvenile or superior court...it means everything and they know it..the judges know it..and even in the face of evidence that contradicts the guardian...they will dismiss your evidence to the contrary and go with the guardian anyway...so right now we should all be looking at Janet Weinberger..she was the guardian on this case...a paid guardian when it should have been a GAL from Juvenile Court that is not paid. THe judge appointed Janet..now is the picture starting to take form now. THose jurors did not have a chance to do the right thing,because it was all decided before they even went into the court room..they heard what the judge and the guardian wanted them to hear. BUt the fact is..it should have never gone that far..it should have stopped dead in it's tracks in Juvenile Court.

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