Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Letters of Support Needed NOW

To all of you who have supported Troy Chapman over the years: Now is the time you can directly help him!

As I've written about before (see previous post below), Troy's lawyer is going to send a commutation request package to the Michigan Executive Clemency Advisory Council. The package will include letters of support from people who know Troy or his work and who support the reduction of his sentence. This is you!

Portions of this package may also be included in any motion we file, so there can be a dual use for the work you do.

PLEASE take some time to write a letter on behalf of Troy. Now is the time that he needs you all the most.


While you will send the letter to me (address below), please put this address at the top:

Parole Board
c/o Michigan Department of Corrections
Grandview Plaza Building
P. O. Box 30003
Lansing, MI 48909

I'm asking that you send the letter as hard copy because these letters are going to be put into a physical binder and they need to be real letters with signatures. As wonderful as electrons are, we're doing this the old-fashioned way!

After you write and sign your letter, please send it to me by July 15 at:

Maryann Gorman
PO Box 731
Narberth, PA 19072

You can send it electronically to friendsoftroy AT verizon DOT net only if the electronic copy has your signature visible.

Not sure what to write? Here are suggested points for your letter; use all that apply and anything else you think is relevant:

a. How do you know/know of Troy?
b. Why are you writing this letter?
c. How has Troy/Troy’s writing affected your life?
d. What is your impression of how Troy has atoned for his crime?
e. Why do you feel he should be released?
f. Would you be willing to have him live in your community?
g. Are you willing or able to testify further if asked?

I will send all the letters to our lawyer for inclusion in the package and motion for a hearing.

Thank you in advance for your love and support.

Maryann Gorman

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