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Husband Denied Medications in Prison, Wife Appeals to President Obama

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This letter is from Judy White, the wife of Gary White, the Republican Jefferson County (Alabama) Commissioner who was sent to prison after he refused to perjure himself despite pressure from prosecutors p to say as he was directed in Grand Jury testimony against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

Mr. White refused to participate in a wrongful prosecution. Federal prosecutors made their case without his help and then prosecuted White for bribery and conspiracy; they began delivering subpoenas the very day after he refused to comply with their demands. He was convicted and sentenced to ten years in federal prison. After being directed to bring all prescription medications, when he arrived at federal prison on September 29, White told his wife that his medications were immediately confiscated. Earlier today, he reported that he is still without medication, despite daily requests. Mrs. White has called and wrote prison officials warning them of the dire consequences and begging them to provide the prescribed medications, all to no avail.

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After contacting members of their delegation, the House and Senate Judiciary Committee, the Bureau of Prisons, Office of Inspector General, and the Regional Office with oversight of the prison, Judy White is now appealing directly to President Obama to right this wrong.

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October 10, 2010

VIA E-MAIL: president@whitehouse.gov

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FAX NO. (202) 456-2461

The Honorable Barack Obama

President of the United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500

Re: URGENT Request for Emergency Assistance

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Dear Mr. President:

My husband, Gary White (age 63, with no prior criminal record, former elected official), is one of the innocent victims of a selective, vindictive political prosecution at the hands of corrupt Bush-administration officials; as a result, he became an inmate at the federal prison camp in Edgefield, South Carolina on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, twelve days ago. His innocence, however, is irrelevant to the matter about which I am pleading for your help. (And as an aside, both of us had been life-long active Republicans, but after becoming enlightened to the politicization of the DOJ and their corrupt actions, particularly in Alabama, I voted in the Democratic primary in 2008 for the first time, and even put an "O" on my car where my "W" had been.)

I am writing to you to implore your urgent intervention in hopes of saving Gary's life, which, along with his health, is in grave jeopardy as the result of prison officials withholding critical medical treatment. Gary was ordered to self-surrender. When he was contacted by a U.S. Marshal and told the location of the prison, the marshal also told him to call the prison and find out what he was to bring with him. Gary did so, on speaker-phone; I witnessed the conversation. The prison official told Gary to bring all his prescription medications with him, which he did. (In fact, although Gary has been recognized and designated as indigent by the Court, the day before he went to prison we refilled two of his prescriptions to insure against any lapses in medication. Some of his medications carry warnings of adverse consequences of missing doses and/or sudden cessation; some are in demand as street drugs.) Upon entering prison, Gary's medications were taken from him and he has been denied and deprived of them since. Specifically, the last time he was able to take the medications prescribed for his serious health problems was on Wednesday morning, prior to becoming a prisoner and the responsibility of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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Judy White of Leeds, Alabama, is the wife of former Republican Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White and is dedicated to the pursuit of justice in his case, as well as other political prosecutions. She is devoted to their children and family, (more...)
 

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