From: dorettaw  
Date: Thu May 18, 2000 2:07pm
Subject: ANOTHER TURN FOR LES COLEMAN
I'm sharing the following message with everyone in this group as an
update on Lester Coleman. The action I strongly suggest you take is
to write yet another letter to Judge Platt (Hon. Thomas C. Platt, US
District Court, Eastern District of NY, 2 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale,
NY, 11553).

Judge Platt's conscience has been awakened by the letters he has
received so far. He appears to be questioning his earlier decision
re: Les as well as the motives of the federal agents and the abusive
treatment that Les endured at MDC. So please encourage this high-
mindedness by keeping your letter polite and informative. Share the
article on the Lockerbie trial that Raye posted. Emphasize that Les
has a family to care for who are currently in foster care. His children's
emotional health is at risk if he is detained much longer; indeed,
they could be placed in an adoptive home.

Thank you for all your efforts. You're making a difference. Keep it
up.Look for another press release from me once I have more details.

Doretta
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Just wanted to let you all know that I heard from Les this evening.

The hearing that began this afternoon (May 17) was inconclusive,
but interesting.

From: dorettaw  
Date: Thu May 18, 2000 2:07pm
Subject: ANOTHER TURN FOR LES COLEMAN


I'm sharing the following message with everyone in this group as an
update on Lester Coleman. The action I strongly suggest you take is
to write yet another letter to Judge Platt (Hon. Thomas C. Platt, US
District Court, Eastern District of NY, 2 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale,
NY, 11553).

Judge Platt's conscience has been awakened by the letters he has
received so far. He appears to be questioning his earlier decision
re: Les as well as the motives of the federal agents and the abusive
treatment that Les endured at MDC. So please encourage this high-
mindedness by keeping your letter polite and informative. Share the
article on the Lockerbie trial that Raye posted. Emphasize that Les
has a family to care for who are currently in foster care. His children's
emotional health is at risk if he is detained much longer; indeed,
they could be placed in an adoptive home.

Thank you for all your efforts. You're making a difference. Keep it
up.Look for another press release from me once I have more details.

Doretta



____________________________________________________________________

Just wanted to let you all know that I heard from Les this evening.

The hearing that began this afternoon (May 17) was inconclusive,
but interesting.

FBI Special Agent David Edward was once again present in the courtroom
with a US attorney. And the prosecution once again brought up the
accusation that Les had spoken about Pan Am 103 in violation of the
terms of his supervised release.

Les's attorney, Paul Rinaldo (whom I haven't yet been able to contact
for details) brought up the fact that suspension of Les's free speech
rights had been overruled by a Circuit Court, which remanded the
issue back to Judge Platt. When Rinaldo queried Judge Platt about what his
subsequent actions had been, he couldn't answer. He reportedly turned
to his Clerk, who likewise had no light to shed on the issue. Judge
Platt took no action because he apparently never knew he'd been
overruled.

The Judge told the prosecution that he'd been informed that Les was
coerced into entering his guilty plea. He then told them that Les has
a right to withdraw his plea if he wishes. He referred to Les's medical
problems brought on by the maltreatment at MDC. Questions were put to
Les about his health, his meds, etc., which he answered, and Dr.
Berman's name came up. Hemming and hawing ensued.

Les says that a new hearing is being scheduled for next week. No
idea when yet. But this time, the feds know that Les intends to withdraw
his guilty plea. They know that they will then have to prove that Les
perjured himself about classified documents in an affidavit submitted
nine years ago. This will be a sticky business for them and, no doubt,
they're hacked off about it.

Les is resolute about going forward. Next week, he could very possibly
be released on bail.

I'll write up a press release once I know when the hearing will take
place next week. Let me know if you have suggestions, etc.


Les's attorney, Paul Rinaldo (whom I haven't yet been able to contact
for details) brought up the fact that suspension of Les's free speech
rights had been overruled by a Circuit Court, which remanded the
issue back to Judge Platt. When Rinaldo queried Judge Platt about what his
subsequent actions had been, he couldn't answer. He reportedly turned
to his Clerk, who likewise had no light to shed on the issue. Judge
Platt took no action because he apparently never knew he'd been
overruled.

The Judge told the prosecution that he'd been informed that Les was
coerced into entering his guilty plea. He then told them that Les has
a right to withdraw his plea if he wishes. He referred to Les's medical
problems brought on by the maltreatment at MDC. Questions were put to
Les about his health, his meds, etc., which he answered, and Dr.
Berman's name came up. Hemming and hawing ensued.

Les says that a new hearing is being scheduled for next week. No
idea when yet. But this time, the feds know that Les intends to withdraw
his guilty plea. They know that they will then have to prove that Les
perjured himself about classified documents in an affidavit submitted
nine years ago. This will be a sticky business for them and, no doubt,
they're hacked off about it.

Les is resolute about going forward. Next week, he could very possibly
be released on bail.

I'll write up a press release once I know when the hearing will take
place next week. Let me know if you have suggestions, etc.