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Bob Shell News

From: Alfred Lehmberg <alienview.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 20:49:47 -0500
Archived: Thu, 15 May 2008 08:47:00 -0400
Subject: Bob Shell News


From Robert Morningstar: News on Bob Shell

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To: Robert Morningstar <robert_morningstar.nul>
From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
Subject: Bob Shell
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 21:03:55 -0400

This note from Bob to his friends is being sent individually to
a list he provided.

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I'm alive and as well as possible under the circumstances. First
of all, if any of you wrote to me and did not get a response,
it's not because I don't answer all mail. It means I never got
your letter. Mail delivery in "the system" is not what it should
be.

To contact me, write to me at:

Robert Shell
379855
Keen Mountain Correctional Center
P O Box 860
Oakwood VA 24631

Best to type, print a label, or hand print in block letters. I
almost did not get a letter last night because the guard could
not read the sender's handwriting.

There are a bunch of rules on mail. First, your letter must not
weigh more than one ounce (28 grams) or it will be returned. If
you want to send more, you'll have to split it up into multiple
envelopes. All letters must have a return address on the
envelope. You can send me pages from magazines, newspaper
articles, printouts from web pages, and similar things. You
can't send anything printed from any Department of Corrections
web site. You can send photos no larger than 4 x 6 inches, but
no more than five at a time. Polaroid photos are banned for some
reason.

Please write and send photos. It keeps me connected to the real
world.

If you want to send me money to make my life a bit more
comfortable, you must send it in the form of money orders. U. S.
Postal Service money orders are best, but they will accept other
kinds of money orders. Personal checks are not accepted. A
little money can go a long way in here. You can not send me
books or magazines, but you can send me the money to buy them.

News - After a nine month delay, the transcript of my trial was
finally finished late in April, and a copy has been filed with
the Virginia Court of Appeals. This means my appeal is
officially under way.

My first lawyer has chosen not to contest my charges of stealing
my money, poor performance, and substance abuse, and has been
permanently disbarred. Hopefully, I will get my money back at
some point.

I want to correct something that has been widely misreported. It
has been reported that I was convicted of giving Marion the drug
overdose that killed her. This is absolutely wrong.

The original contention of the prosecution was that this was
what happened, and they charged me with Felony Homicide on that
basis. I was never charged with murder. The jury wisely saw
through the smoke and mirrors and refused to convict on Felony
Homicide. They reduced the charge to Involuntary Manslaughter, a
much less serious charge. The jury believed what I have said
from the beginning, that Marion took whatever she took while I
was gone. They held me negligent for not preventing access more
carefully in my absence. This lesser charge is why my sentencing
guidelines called for a maximum sentence of from one year, eight
months to three years. It is very unusual for someone to do any
serious time on an Involuntary Manslaughter charge, which, by
definition, is an accident. Unfortunately in Virginia, the
sentencing guidelines are not mandatory as they are in most
states.

I still believe that this wrong can be righted. It does happen.
On April 19 in San Diego, Cynthia Sommer was freed from prison
after serving more than two years. Her husband had died in 2002
from an apparent heart attack, but lab tests found arsenic in
some of his tissues. On the basis of this and a lot of testimony
disparaging her lifestyle, she was convicted of murder and given
a life sentence. New lab tests showed that there was no arsenic
in her husband's body and she was cleared. She is one more
victim of an unethical prosecutor in the U.S. Mike Nifong is far
from an isolated case. The Cynthia Sommer case is very
interesting and has many parallels with mine. A Google search on
her name will bring up lots of hits if you want to read more.
She had one major advantage on me. In her case, all of the
autopsy samples were properly preserved, so new tests were
possible. In my case, in spite of state laws requiring
preservation of samples to allow future testing, all samples
were destroyed by the Medical Examiner. I was convicted on the
basis of evidence that no longer exists!

I want to thank everyone for your support. Without all of you
behind me, I would not have the strength to go on fighting. I'll
never forget the help and kindness I have received.


Bob

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