You can make a difference in a very direct way! Often I find myself watching an intense documentary or television series, and I come away feeling motivated to make a difference, yet I do not see where in my life I can apply myself to make that difference. Today I’m thinking of the popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer“. Equally as often we find ourselves discovering a miscarriage of justice that has occurred, and while our hearts may go out to those affected by such an injustice, we are helpless to assist. As in the case of Steven Avery, Morgan Geyser’s case has already been tried and vilified in the media, ad nauseam. She will not overcome this impediment without our support! Morgan Geyser‘s case is an opportunity to help in a very direct way. By writing letters to the Court of Appeals we can encourage Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer to remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court.
When Morgan was arrested she was barely 12 years old, and suffered from undiagnosed and untreated childhood onset schizophrenia. While we are not excusing her actions, we are seeking justice for a mentally ill child, who was incapable of changing her course of action. By scanning the newsfeed on our Home Page you can begin to construct a picture in your mind of an empathic child suffering from a disease that alters her entire perception of reality. The violence that came to pass as a result of these all encompassing delusions cannot be erased, or undone. And while that tragedy remains, so too does another tragedy unfold, one which we can impact in a very direct way.
The state of Wisconsin seeks to treat Morgan Geyser as an adult, and will not treat her now diagnosed mental illness. While Judge Michael Bohren acknowledges that Morgan Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if she ends up at Taycheedah Women’s Prison when she turns 18, he maintains that moving the case to juvenile court will “unduly depreciate the seriousness of the offense” (Journal Sentinel). In defense of his ruling, Bohren further stated, “There has to be assurance to the public — and to these defendants as well — that a serious offense has to be dealt with on a serious basis that offers protection to everyone” (Journal Sentinel). For my more adept readers, there seems to be an inherent contradiction here: Bohren recognizes that Geyser will not receive adequate mental health treatment if tried as an adult, yet maintains that his ruling “offers protection to everyone”.
“Every day that passes without treatment decreases the likelihood that she will recover and have the opportunity to become a productive member of society. Morgan is just a child, and she deserves that opportunity and a second chance at life”, pleads Angie Geyser in her Petition at Change.Org. We too plead with you to join our Letter Writing Pool, and demand that the Court of Appeals remand Morgan’s case to juvenile court. This child should not face an adult charge of attempted homicide, with a toll of 60 years in prison, when the evidence clearly indicates that she committed the crime as a result of severe and untreated mental illness.
Please write respectfully to Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer asking them to move Morgan’s case to juvenile court. Letters should be sent to the following address:
Judges Paul Reilly, Lisa Stark, and Lisa Neubauer
Court of Appeals – District II
2727 N. Grandview Blvd Ste 300
Waukesha, WI 53188-1671
You may download the attached file, print, sign and send. It will cost you a sheet of paper, an envelope and a stamp, but the impact will be tremendous!
Download Here: Morgan-CourtofAppeals
Another way to support Morgan, aside from the Letter Writing Pool is to donate to her legal defense. Every contribution, $5 or more, will award donators a slenderchance.com sticker, which can be displayed in support of Morgan’s cause. As most of you know, legal costs are astronomically high, and Morgan’s case is no exception. Every contribution will support costs associated with Morgan’s imprisonment, legal costs, and treatment. Together we can be her slender chance!
“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.”
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson