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Letter to Judge to give a lighter sentence??

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computerboy

Junior Member
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? California

Hi Everyone,
This is my first post here so I hope someone can help me. It is a unusual situation and I don't know what to do.
Here is some background...My ex-roommate was arrested by the FBI several months ago for possession and distribution of child porn. His arrest as well as others arrested for the same thing made national headlines. The news media was outside my house and I had to stay away for 2 days to avoid them. I was very lucky to have avoided the media. My ex-roommate has since plead guilty to the charges and his sentencing will be coming up soon. He could get 5-20 years
Now here is the part I need help with. I recieved a letter from his attorney basically asking me to write a nice letter so that the Judge will go easy on the sentencing. I'm reluctant to do this, because I'm afraid the media will get ahold of my letter and I'll be labeled a supporter of a child molester. My life would be over if that happened. Would the letter I write become public record and available for anyone to see? Or Am I being paranoid? I really can't go through all that again. I feel bad that he is in prison because I know he is much as more than a criminal. I would like your opinion...Should I write the letter??
 


I AM ALWAYS LIABLE

Senior Member
computerboy said:
What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? California

Hi Everyone,
This is my first post here so I hope someone can help me. It is a unusual situation and I don't know what to do.
Here is some background...My ex-roommate was arrested by the FBI several months ago for possession and distribution of child porn. His arrest as well as others arrested for the same thing made national headlines. The news media was outside my house and I had to stay away for 2 days to avoid them. I was very lucky to have avoided the media. My ex-roommate has since plead guilty to the charges and his sentencing will be coming up soon. He could get 5-20 years
Now here is the part I need help with. I recieved a letter from his attorney basically asking me to write a nice letter so that the Judge will go easy on the sentencing. I'm reluctant to do this, because I'm afraid the media will get ahold of my letter and I'll be labeled a supporter of a child molester. My life would be over if that happened. Would the letter I write become public record and available for anyone to see? Or Am I being paranoid? I really can't go through all that again. I feel bad that he is in prison because I know he is much as more than a criminal. I would like your opinion...Should I write the letter??

My response:

Once the trial is over, and all appeals are exhausted, the file then becomes an open book for the public to inspect. So, distance yourself from this person and DO NOT write anything. Everything you, or anyone else writes, goes into the court file.

His attorney must think people are stupid. This is such a hot potato that you'd have to be whacked out to write anything for the idiot.

Your first impression was correct. Besides, by the time he gets out, both of you will be quite old, and a distant memory.

IAAL
 

calatty

Senior Member
Do what you want, but I have never seen letters of support published in the media. It is standard practice to have friends and family members write in support of a lenient sentence and extolling the man's good qualities, even in child porn or child molestation cases.
 

computerboy

Junior Member
Hey Everyone,
Thanks for your responses, they are all very appreciated. I have decided not to write the letter. I was leaning that way anyway. If he was in prison for something else then I wouldn't feel worried about it. He admitted that he was guilty so I do feel like he should be punished. I just never felt that I should have any part of deciding how long he stays or doesn't stay in prison.
You all know about the bad side, but he did have good side too. He was always giving so much of his time to help other people. He was unhappy about a lot of things, but seemed to be able to make people happy to be around him (most of the time) Things seemed to be just turning around for the better for him when he was arrested. I can't help but feel that he was put on the wrong track many years ago when he was a boy and never seeemed to get away from it. Again, Thanks for your responses.
 

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