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October 28, 2010
MOM IS INNOCENT!
Shawna's Son Devon Speaks Out About His Mother
My mom is the most motivating individual in my life. She taught me how to love and care for other people. Without these skills, I wouldn’t be able to be the man I am for the woman I love now. Shawna is my mom and I love her.
All those people out there who only want to focus on the sensationalism...YOU honestly can’t say my mom committed a crime, because you don’t know anything about her kindness and love.
My grandma Caudle and uncle Merrill.are deeply troubled people. Why would anyone, especially media, want to listen to them and then go publish the fantasy in their minds?
Caudle is a mean old woman. Her home was so unsafe that Child Protective Services removed Shawna when she was a baby.
My uncle Merrill M. is a known liar and has no regard for truth. He is a heavy marijuana smoker and his memory is creative at best. A good polygraph would show his statements as false.
My mom was always protective of my sister and I. She stuck up for us and always spoke well of us. Through all my problems, she was always there for me, and she loved me unconditionally.
My mom encouraged us to pursue our interests, and was always at our school events and games. Mom taught us about how important it was to persevere, and to never give up, and she positively reinforced me and my sister.
She made sure we were provided for in all aspects of life. Through all the messed up mistakes I’ve made, (and she did not approve of), she still loved me as her son. She was always my mom, no matter what.
Without my mom and the things she has taught me, I wouldn’t be able to move forward. I never learned anything negative from my mom. I only did negative things in my past because of my own stupid choices.
Come to the Benefit for Shawna Oct 2! Sail Inn, 26 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ Media is welcome, but has to pay to get in just like everyone else. Arizona writer Laine Lawless will be be there to talk about Shawna, and will play a personal message from Shawna to all her supporters.
All proceeds will be donated to Shawna for her commissary needs and phone calls.
New Video from the Benefit!
Laine Lawless plays a personal message from Shawna and talks about her conditions of detention as well as her case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNbE-uFzV0Y
DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ILLEGAL TORTURE IN AZ!
On June 26, 2010, in honor of the UN's Day Against Torture, civil rights activists from The Committee for Justice for Shawna Forde demonstrated outside the Pima County Jail on behalf of pretrial detainee Shawna Forde, and others whose rights have been violated in jail. Forde, a white woman accused in the murders of two Hispanics in Arivaca, has been held in solitary confinement since June of 2009. Members of other groups supporting prisoner’s rights and civil rights were invited but did not attend.
Protesters marched outside the jail carrying signs comparing Sheriff Clarence Dupnik to Josef Stalin and Fidel Castro, and calling the jail “Dupnik’s Dungeon.” Marchers wore T-shirts with Forde's picture and the caption “Free Shawna.”
Many of the cars that drove past the demonstration honked and gave a thumbs up in support. A reporter from KOLD TV filmed the protest and conducted interviews with committee members.
Forde has been subjected to verbal cruelty and abuses of power by correctional officers, some of whom are known to be members of the militant Latino group La Raza. She has been denied federally mandated yard time, access to the law library, her reading glasses, and necessary medical treatment.
Forde's trial is scheduled for January 11, 2011, and if it takes place then, she will have spent 18 months in solitary. This is just one day short of the ARS limit of 18 months to receive "a speedy trial."
Who Doesn't Like Shawna?
Six days after Forde’s arrest, Chris Simcox of MCDC issued this statement in an email: “MCDC leadership followed our pro law enforcement pledge and civic duty to report suspicious behaviors of all worrisome individuals to the proper authorities, as was the case with Shawna Forde.” Threatening others is apparently nothing new with Simcox.
Six days after Forde’s arrest, Chris Simcox of MCDC issued this statement in an email:
“MCDC leadership followed our pro law enforcement pledge and civic duty to report suspicious behaviors of all worrisome individuals to the proper authorities, as was the case with Shawna Forde.”
Threatening others is apparently nothing new with Simcox.
May 28, 2010
My Visit with Shawna Forde
I had sent one letter and received one letter from Shawna Forde and I had been very impressed with how well she had expressed herself. She has been in solitary confinement for months and I wasn't sure what I could expect when I got to the jail.
I went with a member of The Committee for Justice for Shawna Forde to see Shawna. Most of it was spent in a Q and A with Shawna expressing her feelings about her physical safety, the food, medical care, and basically her treatment by the staff at the facility. We didn't discuss her legal case, and I wasn't that interested in it any way as there wasn't much I could do for her. Emotional support and encouragement I could do. I received a good education regarding the realities of solitary confinement--it is so much more than being alone--if you laugh, sing, talk, or whistle you can lose privileges, amenities and even your CLOTHES! Shawna seems to have maintained a sense of humor through all this, and still has a lot of opinions about what's going on in the world.
Our visit seemed to cheer her and hopefully she'll feel good for a while at least. I'm glad I went--it was just one woman giving support to another. I have to occasionally remind folks that Shawna hasn't been convicted of anything yet.
Shawna's supporters maintain a Justice For Shawna Forde website that updates the public on her fight and her conditions. While we were there, we deposited money into Shawna's jail account so she can get some things the jail does not provide. If someone wishes to visit, call, write or contribute to Shawna, I suggestion going through Shawna's group as they have been with her for a while now and seem to know her situation best.
April 13, 2010
My visits with Shawna Forde by Carl Bruder
It’s not often that I make jail house visits, but I decided to go see Shawna Forde because we share some common political viewpoints and I thought people sitting in jail awaiting trial would like to have visitors, any visitor, so I chose to make the trip to Tucson.
Upon entering the Pima County Jail, I signed in at the front desk and took my place at a viewing booth. Visitations are conducted via video monitor which is very much like using a webcam at home. Perhaps, some day in the future, jail visitations could be conducted via the Internet from the comfort of home. I can’t see any reason why that would be a problem.
During the first visit, Shawna didn’t look any worse for wear, considering that she has been locked up for eight months. She was even able to smile. I was glad to see that she was keeping up to date with current events. I would think contact with news from the outside world could help one cope.
My second visit was a totally different story. Apparently, Shawna had some serious issues with the conditions and treatment she was receiving since my last visit. She was noticeably agitated and appeared to be seriously stressed out. Shawna did not look like the same person I saw a couple of weeks before.
She said that she was “written up” by a corrections officer for simply talking. I was beginning to think about where I was. I thought I saw an American flag on the pole outside the building. For a moment, I thought I might have been at some Cold War Era gulag in Communist Romania. Nope! I was still in the U.S.A.
I think it’s ridiculous that the corrections officers prohibit the prisoners from talking. Understandably, jails are structured environments with rules and regulations that are required to maintain safety and order. A "rule of silence" is going too far, especially when many of the prisoners are awaiting trial and have not been convicted of a crime.
I am especially opposed to disciplining or restricting a pre-trial detainee for simply uttering words. After all, anyone accused of a crime is supposed to be assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. (Or so I thought.) I couldn’t help but notice that Shawna had already been convicted by the correction officers‘ “kangaroo court“ as well as in the news media.
"...It is a good country. It suits us. And what we assert is that we are not going to surrender it to somebody else or allow other people, no matter what their merits, to make it something different. If there is any changing to be done, we will do it ourselves." --Cong. Rec. April 8, 1924, Rep. William Vaile of Colorado
January 13, 2010
Shawna's Innocence is Indisputable
What the Media Didn’t Tell You
In the days following Shawna Forde’s arrest, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) issued a 150 page Media Release about the case composed of officers’ reports. It was disorganized but revealing. We have reorganized it by topic and extracted the cogent parts. The mainstream media managed to glean just a few paragraphs from it, leaving the most truthful parts untold. (Just today, the Tucson Weekly reported that PCSO personnel are no longer allowed to talk about this case, and that this 150 pages of officers' reports is no longer available!)
Four defendants were arrested in this case: 3 males and 1 female. Yet only one arrest was described; that of Hispanic Albert Gaxiola. Jason Bush, the primary defendant, was not even mentioned. Oin Oakstar, a suspect arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, was in the Pima County Jail for months, but has been since released and re-arrested twice. Shawna Forde was only mentioned in a few paragraphs. No information was made available about what led to her arrest. Were these omissions intentional?
Jason Bush was arrested in Meadview, AZ. He had a bullet wound in his leg for 2 weeks that was likely infected and painful, considering he hadn't received proper treatment. It can only be imagined how coercive and lengthy was the interrogation which added up to an 89 page transcript. After the interrogation, Bush was taken to the hospital in Kingman for treatment. We were not told if the bullet in his leg was extracted and kept for evidence, something which might be a crucial part of someone’s case. A few media sources reported that Bush had been arrested AT the hospital!
The media falsely reported Shawna Forde was arrested in Sierra Vista. She was in a rural area near the border known as Hereford at the time, and about a mile from Glenn Spencer’s American Border Patrol ranch.
The PCSO reports on May 30, the night of the killings, a Mexican illegal alien, living at a mobile home on the Flores’ property was present. He had a cut on his arm, a t-shirt covered with blood splatter, and a loaded .357 magnum in his bedroom. Border Patrol agents on the scene questioned the alien and reported he gave conflicting information. Detective Juan Carlos Navarro questioned him, took his t-shirt for DNA testing, and inexplicably let him go! The following day, detectives canvassed the neighborhood, but despite over 16 shots being fired in the Flores’ mobile home, no one saw or heard anything.
The mainstream media mentioned nothing about the .357 magnum handgun which was conveniently found at the fence line of the property and which was traced back to Robert Rowden in Tucson, AZ. But we are given all sorts of details about the arrest of Albert Gaxiola, including the restaurant at which he was captured. Most of these details were not shared by the media.
There are details about the detectives’ contacts with Albert Gaxiola shortly after the killings, and paraphrases of the conversations they had with him. Det. Svec went through Gaxiola’s cell phone and found the word “White” in his Contacts. When asked who that was, Gaxiola answered that it was Shawna. Svec asked him why he called Shawna that, and according to his report, Gaxiola responded that “she hates all ethnicity with the exception of whites.” We strongly suspect that this is a misinterpretation of what Gaxiola said, and was publicized to further a political agenda to wrongly portray Forde as a white supremacist. It’s likely he said, “the only color she likes is white.” Shawna’s friends know that white is simply her favorite color, and has nothing to do with race. In fact, on the day she was arrested, she was wearing all white. And Gaxiola admits that he has a relationship with the leader of the Minutemen, Shawna Forde. Gaxiola is Hispanic, so one can only wonder about how they can make the “white supremacist” smear stick.
Right after the murders, on the same day, a woman named Felicia Reese called the PCSO and said, “I know who did it!” Reese was a houseguest at the home of Sandy Stroup and Oin Oakstar in Arivaca at the time. Reese claimed she had heard Oakstar’s girl friend, Sandy Stroup, talking about the murders, and appearing to know many more details than what had been released by the media. Reese told how she had been shown a video of Oakstar shooting guns and making verbal threats about Raul Flores. She also related how she was asked to drive Oakstar's truck from an RV park back to the home, which she found odd. PCSO took her seriously and sent a SWAT team to Oakstar’s home at 10:30 am on May 30, the same day the murders occurred. They broke down the gate with an armored vehicle, used explosive devices to disorient the occupants, and flushed Sandy Stroup out of the shower wearing only a towel, which fell off outside the house. Stroup was described as “belligerent, uncooperative, and agitated,” and she refused to allow officers to take pictures of her or her kids. Deputy Tyra described her as “a Caucasian female, heavyset,” which just happens to match the description given to the PCSO by the surviving victim.
Oakstar was not there, and the SWAT team tore off the skirting on the trailer to make sure he wasn’t hiding in the crawlspace. Eventually, Oakstar was arrested walking down the street a couple of blocks from the home. He was booked into jail for being a convicted felon in possession of weapons which were found at his home. The only media picture of him was published by the Green Valley Sun, and it is of his back. No picture of his face has been published.
A day after the SWAT team raided Oakstar’s home, Detectives Svec and Murphy went to visit Gina Gonzalez, the surviving victim in the hospital. They questioned her about the appearance of the intruders who had shot her and killed her husband and daughter. She described the Caucasian male as over 6’4” tall, balding or with a receding hairline, 35-50 years old and approximately 300 lbs. The female was Caucasian, 35-50 years old, “5’ tall, and heavyset or chubby,” according to Det. Svec’s report.
The detectives asked Gonzalez if it was Oin Oakstar and Sandy Stroup (who fit the descriptions). Gonzalez knew both of them, since her husband had engaged in drug business with Oakstar before. Gonzalez allegedly replied it was not them. Was Gina Gonzalez fearing further retaliation? She claimed, according to the media release, that she could not identify the people who shot her and her family. Which was it? That she couldn’t identify them, or that she could, but it definitely wasn’t Oakstar and Stroup? Was this botched witness recall cast aside for future implication of "a designated suspect?"
Oin Oakstar is 6’3” tall, and weighs 300 lbs. Source information indicates that Sandy Stroup, AKA Sandra Somers, is a short, fat white woman. Shawna Forde is 5’3”, and weighed 150 lbs. when she was arrested. Maybe she’s a bit on the short side for the average Caucasian woman, but she’s not fat. Jason Bush is 6’6” tall, and is built very lean at 225 lbs. He’s tall, but not big.
According to information revealed in the December 21 Probable Cause Hearing, Oakstar will be testifying for the prosecution! The Green Valley News recently reported he is getting supervised probation and no prison time in exchange for his testimony. He was released on his own recognizance, despite his evaluation as a high risk offender.
During that hearing, Det. Navarro described the female perpetrator as “white and heavyset.” How many women in Arizona or Arivaca would that describe? Is there a legal definition of "heavyset," or is it just a PC term for someone who's fat? And upon cross-examination by Eric Larsen, Shawna’s attorney, Navarro was forced to admit that Gina Gonzalez could not pick Shawna Forde out of a lineup of other women! She could not even say what color hair the woman intruder had, despite all the lights in her house being on. Larsen stated, “There is no evidence against my client.”
Meanwhile, Shawna Forde, who is innocent, sits in jail in solitary confinement.
What’s really going on here?
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October 13, 2009
Nancy Drew writes:
Here is the conspiracy...Joe Adams and Shawna maybe were involved in some way, and Shawna comes to Joe with her intel on this cartel she has infiltrated. He states in the Star that she was merely a "pain to him," not "a danger," so Shawna comes to Joe thinking that he can help her or will help her with this valuable intel that she has, because he is supposedly a CIA informant. Only he is also working on the wrong side of the law, and maybe the cartel that Shawna has intel on is actually working directly with Joe to illegally help fund his missions (the same thing they are accusing Shawna of), and when he realizes that she is now "a pain in the ass" by having this info which could put him in a bad position if the cartel is busted, then he leads her to believe that he will help her, but instead, he reports her to the Feds and reports her negatively as a "threat" because he also knows she has a few enemies within the Minutemen world...which will testify negatively against him...then he sets her ass up to take the fall for this crime, framing her, and hopefully putting her away in jail, so that she is no longer an impediment to his activities. This may be why he "disappeared" for awhile after her arrest...laying low so as to not to attract attention, but now that the "Truth Brigade" has outed good ol' Joe being a part of her associates, he felt the need to comment to a reporter working for the Arizona Daily Star who has been a regular source for more Shawna-bashing. This way he can continue to dispel any mention of his involvement!