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Another Parole Denial for Tom Henry

Thursday, April 27, 2017, was Henry’s en banc hearing. That’s where the parole board member who interviewed Henry at Menard CC gave her report to the full board. It occurred in Springfield and was again attended by Henry’s sister and, for the first time, his son, Thomas, who drove from southwestern Missouri. The board allowed only one family member to speak for up to 10 minutes. Thomas spoke. Henry really thought he had a chance this year. The parole board member who interviewed him in March questioned him for hours, and he

 
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Henry Denied Parole

I was sad to read an email that came in last night from Andrea Ryken, one of the two fantastic student advocates who worked for Tom Henry’s release. To give you the story from her perspective, I’ll copy her words here: “The en banc hearing did not go as well as we had hoped. Henry received the same two votes as last year, and he did at least receive a one-year set once again. However, the tone of the hearing was disappointing, to say the least. Eric Gregg, the Board member who

 
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2013 Parole Decision for Tom Henry

Last evening I got a text from Thomas Elliott, Henry’s oldest son, saying “Dad got two votes and a one year set. Dick and Rose are headed to see Dad now.” “Well, that’s bad news but with good news mixed in,” I replied. “It’s always been a three-year set, except for last time, which was two years, so little by little …” The rules are that the Illinois Prisoner Review Board (IPRB) can either approve or deny parole. If they deny, they also decide how long before the applicant can

 
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The Rules of the Justice Game

Published on 2012/12/11 by in Justice

While digitizing and organizing my many boxes of legal–and other–papers, I came across something I typed out years ago from a book by Harvard Constitutional Law Professor, Allen Dershowitz. The book is entitled The Best Defense. It’s still available. I recommend it. The Rules of the Justice Game Rule I – Almost all criminal defendants are, in fact, guilty. Rule II – All criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges understand and believe Rule I. Rule III – It is easier to convict guilty defendants by violating the Constitution than by complying with it,

 
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This I Believe

Published on 2012/07/27 by in Justice

Today my niece, Paula, who blogs for True Woman, a Christian ministry, referred to my 30-year-old case in her well-written blog (in case you can’t tell, I’m proud of her). She referred to something I told her recently, that my doubting of my former faith began with a comment made to me by a member of our Christian fellowship during the wake of my wife and three children. He had said to me, “God must have some great work for you to do!” The following scene is from my upcoming book,

 
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Coming Blogs

Because I’m a new author, I figured I’d better start a blog—my first book, Tom Henry, will be published in September. Normally a first blog would give readers some idea of what’s coming but, since I got derailed by a news story that struck a nerve the first time, I’m doing that here. So what will I blog about? Well, I’ve got two rules: First, the age-old writer’s advice, “write what you know.” Second, “write what others might want to read.” So here are my three categories of blog themes: Editorial –

 
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Justice for All

Published on 2012/06/19 by in Justice

Just last week the news reported the resolution of a 32-year-old murder case. You may remember it as “the dingo’s got my baby” case. In 1980 a young Australian family was vacationing in a remote area. Lindy and Michael were a God-fearing couple—devout Seventh Day Adventists—with two boys, ages seven and four, and a brand new baby girl. One night Lindy, returning to the tent, saw a wild Australian dog shaking her two-month-old baby in its mouth and running away. She screamed, “Michael, Michael, the dingo’s got my baby!” A

 
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