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October 7, 2004

The Data Underground

I am now in California, which means a lot of pacific time blogging in the days ahead. And I will, later tonight, have some substantive points to make about the USSC data memo which is now available to the world (and here). But for now I just cannot resist, as a fan of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, noting that it was Lou Reedt who analyzed the Blakely data that the USSC kept mostly underground until now.

So, let's all sing along with a true Lou Reed classic:
Take a walk on the Blakely side
Said, Hey babe
Take a walk on the Blakely side
And the Justices go
doo do doo do doo do do doo.....

October 7, 2004 at 09:48 PM | Permalink

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Despite the release of this memo, I'm still waiting for my man.

Posted by: Peter G | Oct 7, 2004 10:45:40 PM

Well, I couldn't get the song out of my head after reading this post. So I wrote a little ditty of my own about taking a walk on the Blakely side. I posted it on my blog, Begging the Question. Now Prof. Berman's a muse!

(It looks like I can't do html in here, so the permalink is: http://beggingthequestion.com/2004_10_03_archive.html#109725030531859670 )

Posted by: Milbarge | Oct 8, 2004 11:57:24 AM

I am a wife of an innocent man who is a victim of this sentencing catastrophe. My husband was brought into a conspiracy of about 30 people both domestic and international. He and only two other men went to court to prove their innocence. They prosecutors told him that if he went to court they where going to ask for an enhancement in his sentencing. During the trial the judge would not let the defense hardly defend their case but allowed the prosecutors all privileges. My husband was not tried separately. He was tried with the two other defendants and all but maybe one short day of a week trial was he even included in this presentation before a jury. The hear say witnesses told two different stories and that really didn't make since. I spoke with one attorney afterwards that had set in on the case the first few days and told me that he didn't see how they even where able to have a case to present in court in the first place. We had every bit of proof on paper and witnesses to show that my husband did not have a part of this conspiracy. During the trial my husbands sixth amendment was violated and our attorney Mr. John Freisell repeatedly asked for a mistrial and The Honorable Judge Harmon denied it several times and told him she was not going to grant it to him and he will have to take it up with the fifth circuit. The jury was not correctly instructed before they went to decide their verdict. The leader of this conspiracy pleaded guilty and got a maximum of 8 years and a $250,000.00 fine. Most of the rest of the defendants on this case pleaded out and are walking the streets. Please look into this case my husband is looking at life in prison. And he is the only one that has no part of this conspiracy. Please we need your help I have been sending out for help and no one will respond. After the trial another attorney looked and my husband and said with tears in his eyes and with shock in his voice and said "Mr. Ginns I just want to shake your hand because I have just watched you get ripped apart by this court and it is obvious that you did not have any reason to be apart of this trial or conspiracy. Also after the trial was over ABC labeled my husband along with two other men as running the largest ecstasy ring in Houston. Please don't turn me away I am begging for your help. We have 3 young beautiful kids who are ages know 5, 8, 8. They including myself miss him very much and he deserves to be home with his family. But these children may never see their father again. I have had to put one of our sons in therapy because of all of this. Please I beg of you help us. It is in Houston, Texas; Case #02577, Defendant 18, Ronnie Lee Ginns; inmate #14312179; Federal Court House (Southern District of Texas) He is in the Federal Detention Center on Texas Avenue. Please help us. I am desperate. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to read this; please don't ignore this cry for help. There are multiple lives at stake. Sincerely, Shalee Ginns, P.S. I apologize for the miss spells I wrote this in a hurry and did not have time to go back over it. I am at work and try to fit this in between working and taking care of the house and our kids.

Posted by: Leigh | Oct 8, 2004 12:48:04 PM

Leigh,

I couldn't get your e-mail to come up so that I could respond directly.

Did your husband have a public defender?

Has an appeal been filed?

When was he sentenced?

Posted by: Shelly | Oct 8, 2004 2:08:48 PM

Shelly

The Federal Courts gave us a court appointed attorney. My husband was due for his sentencing in October, however it has been rescheduled for the beginning of December only I am hoping that someone will want to pick up this case and do the appeal for my husband. We have a lot of appeal it issues. The attorney that the courts gave us is a nice guy but lacks conviction and experience. That is why I am pleading to the world for help hoping that someone will come to our aid.

Posted by: Leigh | Oct 8, 2004 5:59:07 PM

Leigh,

Please do not tell the people that use this
site that you had no idea where the large
amount of money that your husband was
bringing in came from. He was involved in
the destruction of many many lives in
Houston. I have read the transcripts, and
your husband is guilty. If he loved his wife'
and three kids he would have worked 2 maybe
3 jobs to support them instead of selling
drugs. I was in a federal prison, inmate
thinks they are not guilty. Your husband
needs to accept responsibility for his
actions and realize what he was doing was
wrong and ILLEGAL

Posted by: Desi Saenz | Mar 29, 2005 10:38:38 AM

Leigh,

Please do not tell the people that use this
site that you had no idea where the large
amount of money that your husband was
bringing in came from. He was involved in
the destruction of many many lives in
Houston. I have read the transcripts, and
your husband is guilty. If he loved his wife'
and three kids he would have worked 2 maybe
3 jobs to support them instead of selling
drugs. I was in a federal prison, inmate
thinks they are not guilty. Your husband
needs to accept responsibility for his
actions and realize what he was doing was
wrong and ILLEGAL

Posted by: Desi Saenz | Mar 29, 2005 10:40:00 AM

Leigh,

Please do not tell the people that use this
site that you had no idea where the large
amount of money that your husband was
bringing in came from. He was involved in
the destruction of many many lives in
Houston. I have read the transcripts, and
your husband is guilty. If he loved his wife'
and three kids he would have worked 2 maybe
3 jobs to support them instead of selling
drugs. I was in a federal prison, inmate
thinks they are not guilty. Your husband
needs to accept responsibility for his
actions and realize what he was doing was
wrong and ILLEGAL

Posted by: Desi Saenz | Mar 29, 2005 10:41:51 AM

In response to this DESI SAENZ....When I was married to Mr. Ronnie Ginns he had no freaking money!!!!! He was always borrowing money from everyone. You don't know the whole story and I abviously don't either. What ever you read in the transcripts I do not know anything about. I know what I went through when I was with Ronnie and we where ALWAYS broke and I have all of the legal proof on paper of all the loans! So don't you try to call me out as a liar!!!!!!!!! YOu don't know what I have been through!!!

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