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LES COLEMAN SAYS:  "I GOT MY INTEGRITY BACK."

Source: http://www.egroups.com/messages/RuMills

Date: JUNE 2, 2000

From Rayelan --

I received this from Doretta this morning --- As soon as she knows more, she 
will keep us posted. I want to thank all of you for taking the time to write 
letters to Judge Platt.  I believe your letters changed his heart.

Please take the time to write a letter to Les. If you can afford it, please 
send him a postal money order. He will need money to supplement food, and if 
he gets out in a month, he will need money to get back to Kentucky.

Lester Coleman ID #47321-019 
Metropolitan Detention Center 
100 29th Street 
Brooklyn, NY 11232 


Thank you --

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From Doretta --

Hi,

Les called this evening. The hearing of this morning lasting three
hours. Present were Les and his attorney, the plaintiff (US gov)
represented by Special Agent David Edward, plaintiff's attorney. Also
present was a representative from the Department of Justice whose name
Les was not able to determine. This fellow sat in the back of the
courtroom observing the proceeding.

Who else do you suppose was present? Two old prosecutorial  friends. The
prosecutor in Les's Kentucky trial. And the federal probation officer
from Kentucky.

The FBI took the trouble and expense of transporting these witnesses
from Kentucky to the Uniondale courtroom.

The prosecution harped on Les's testimony in the Kentucky trial,
contending that he renounced his affidavit and discussed the Pan Am 103
trial against the mandate of Judge Platt. They insisted on a maximum
sentence of two years.

But Judge Platt wasn't moved by their argument. He said that he would
not sentence Les on the basis of anything remotely to do with the Pan Am
103 affidavit or trial. He would sentence Les solely on the basis of his
"violation" of the supervised release. (As you know, the fact that Les
was arrested and convicted of a crime in Kentucky  constitutes a
violation of his release terms.)

Les was allowed to read, word for word, the transcript of his 1997
meeting with public defender Abraham Clott and his supervisor before the
court. This transcript is now part of the public record. It contains
evidence that Les was coerced by his public defense team to plead guilty
to the perjury charges, as well as his emotional trauma and previous
medical neglect/mistreatment. I believe it was presented to support
Les's claim that he has no memory of pleading guilty to perjury. Judge
Platt has accepted this claim as a fact.

Les put it aptly:  "I got my integrity back."

Platt gave Les a sentence of 10 months in prison. Les and his attorney
believe this sentence is retroactive to September 1999. If this is true,
Les will be released on July 3, 2000. If the sentence will not credit
him for time already served, however, he will be held until next
February.

By Saturday I should know when his release date will be.

Les told me that Agent Edward was visibly outraged by the relative
lightness of this sentence. He described Edward as "apoplectic."

Les truly believes that Platt was moved by the content of the many
letters he received from members of Raye's group. That could very well
be true. Without those letters, Platt might have taken everything the
plaintiffs said at face value. But I also think Platt knows he went too
far with his original sentence, and wishes to wash his hands of the
matter.

Paul Rinaldo told Les that if he's called to testify in the Lockerbie
trial, there is little the FBI can now do to muffle him. I know there's
still the matter of a charge issued via the Chicago court. Perhaps Mike
can better explain this particular issue.

I would have been happier if the sentence were lighter. The idea of Les
in prison for even one more month disturbs me deeply. But Les is
satisfied that this was the best outcome he could have hoped for. And he
credits all of his friends and supporters with making it possible.

Paul Rinaldo, Les's attorney, will be issuing Les a transcript of this
hearing, which he will make available to all of us.

I'll let you know more once I hear from Les on Saturday. For now,
heartfelt gratitude to all of you from Les.

—Doretta