[Ppnews] Veronza Bowers - USPC Decision
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Mon May 30 08:57:38 EDT 2005
Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 08:54:45 -0700
From: "Monty H. Levenson" <monty at shakuhachi.com>
Subject: Veronza - USPC Decision
Dear Family and Friends of Veronza,
I am writing to inform you that, after a lengthy deliberation, US Parole
Commission has decided, once again, to grant Veronza Bowers, Jr. release on
mandatory parole. The Parole Commission has set a new release date of June
21, 2005 for him. Although this is wonderful news, past experience has
shown that it is not yet time to celebrate. Twice before, Veronza's release
was rescinded at the very last minute by parole authorities.
Here is what has happened and what we can expect:
A request to reconsider the earlier decision of the commissions that set a
February, 2005 release date was made by the widow of the victim and the
Fraternal Order of Police. This resulted in cancelation of Veronza's parole
less than an hour before he was to be released from federal prison. The
earlier decision was made by a single commissioner. Reconsideration of that
decision was heard by the entire five person commission. One commissioner
recused him or herself and the final vote was two votes for denial of
parole and two votes in favor of parole. Under the rules applicable to the
commission's decisions, this means that the original decision to grant
parole must be reinstated and a new release date set. That date is June 21,
It is important to understand that this decision could still be reversed.
There are two possible events that could precipitate such a reversal: 1)
another appeal by the Fraternal Order of Police and/or the widow; and, 2)
intervention and an appeal by the United States Attorney General. Such
appeals would be heard by the same five-member commission that just
deadlocked two-to-two with one commissioner recused. Accordingly, the
outcome would likely be the same as this most recent decision. However, if
such an appeal is taken by the Attorney General, he would have standing to
take the matter to court if the commission remained deadlocked. The appeal
itself and any such court action could result in a further delay of
It is likely that another storm of protest from law enforcement and their
supporters regarding this decision and untrue and disturbing statements
about Veronza will spew forth in the media. This has already begun to occur
as evidenced by recent articles in the Los Angeles Times and U.S. Newswire.
As upsetting and provocative as these articles are, we have decided that
the best policy is to ignore anything in the press and focus on the fact
that Veronza is one step closer to obtaining release on parole. As much as
some of us would like to respond, our experience has proven that there is
absolutely nothing to be gained by fanning the flames in a media war or
dignifying such lies and distortions with a response.
In summary, this decision is good news but it is not the last word on the
issue of Veronza's parole. That final word is when he is actually released
and walks out of prison.
I want to personally thank all of you who have have helped with an
incredible outpouring of support-both moral and financial-as well as those
who took the time to write directly to the USPC on Veronza's behalf.
I will keep you posted as the situation evolves.
All the best,
The Freedom Archives
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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