Posts Tagged ‘justice’

You Can Make A Difference

11186379_392078917650487_166879242_nYou 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.

Judge Michael BohrenThe 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”.

handwritten-letter“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

Letter Writing Made Easy

11186379_392078917650487_166879242_nThose of us with busy lives need letter writing made easy, and so we introduce yet another efficient way to support Morgan Geyser. Simply download the attached document, print, sign and send! A little background on the document: this letter was prepared by a SlenderChance.com supporter who is also a professional psychologist. The idea is that we are all very busy, so the thought of penning a letter and sending it can seem daunting, but if we could provide potential supporters an option that is both intelligent and, more importantly, pre-existing, then the likelihood is greater that more people will take the time to stuff an envelope and lick a stamp.

Many of you have already heard this message, in one form or another, and perhaps you have sent a letter, or maybe you are still finding time do so. If you have not then we urge you take the time to download the attached letter, print, sign and send it to the address below. Next month heralds Morgan Geyser’s slender chance – the reverse waiver hearing, during which she will have one last opportunity to be remanded to juvenile court. We believe that by bombarding judge Michael Bohren with letters (prior to June 17th, 2015) attesting to the importance of remanding Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court, he will have the realization that a logical, rational citizenry is calling not for leniency, but justice for a child with schizophrenia.

handwritten-letterAs I have said before and will likely say again, we cannot undo the damage that has already transpired, but we can work towards reducing or eliminating further damage from occurring. We need to put our emotions aside for a moment and recognize that Morgan Geyser is a sick child who needs our support, care and compassion. She needs us to rally our collective voice and be her slender chance at both treatment and justice!

DOWNLOAD LETTER HERETemplate_Honorable-Judge-Michael-Bohren

Support for Morgan Geyser
P.O. Box 865
Waukesha, WI 53187-0865

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

Reverse Waiver Hearing

11198708_392078900983822_2119806641_nThe Reverse Waiver Hearing is nearly upon us! Next month, June 17th – 18th, court will be convened under the order of Judge Michael Bohren, to determine if Morgan Geyser’s case will be remanded to juvenile court. Now is the time to join our Letter Writing Pool and express the importance of moving Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court! When the crime occurred Morgan Geyser had just turned 12 years old, and was suffering from undiagnosed and untreated schizophrenia, yet she is currently facing charges of first degree attempted homicide, in adult court. We at SlenderChance.com believe that this is a flagrant miscarriage of justice. We urge you to join our efforts in Petitioning Judge Michael Bohren to remand Morgan Geyser’s case to juvenile court, where the infrastructure exists to properly address the intricacies of her situation. We ask that you address the judge directly as the Honorable Judge Michael Bohren, and that you opt for the Snail Mail delivery system, despite the additional energy that it requires to pen a paper letter. The impact of actual letters versus emails is profound!

11185692_392077784317267_1752742540_nYesterday heralded some successful news for Morgan Geyser, which was inappropriately reported via the majority of mainstream news channels, so here is the scoop: Judge Michael Bohren upheld a motion filed by Morgan Geyser’s attorney, granting her an evaluation by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Why is this important? Normally children who are involved in the justice system are assigned a social worker. This social worker evaluates the child on a semi-regular basis and helps determine the services a child may need, for example, treatment for mental illness. Because Morgan Geyser is being charged as an adult, DHHS was not scheduled to do an evaluation, as they do not work with adults. This does not necessarily mean Morgan Geyser will receive treatment for her now diagnosed, yet still untreated childhood schizophrenia, but it does bring her one step closer. It is also, seemingly, an admission that at some level Judge Michael Bohren recognizes that he is dealing with a child, not an adult, as she is being charged. One must ask, why would Judge Michael Bohren grant a motion allowing Morgan Geyser access to the resources a child is entitled to, if in fact he presides over a case where she is legally an adult? Hopeful speculation perhaps, but a success that paves the way to the possibility of treatment in the case of Morgan Geyser!

“Compassion is the basis of morality.” 
~ Arthur Schopenhauer 

Morgan Geyser Needs Support

Crop MorganMorgan Geyser needs support! We are positing the notion that Morgan needs and deserves treatment! There is no way to undo the harm that has already transpired, but we can certainly prohibit any more from occurring. In an increasingly chaotic world with dwindling resources, where overcrowding is the rule not the exception, we can expect to see more and more mental illness. It is easy to dismiss until it touches down in your life, but the devastation it can create is terrifying. As a society we need to take responsibility for our own! Learn more about The Facts.

I was encouraged today by an article in Slate, written by Dahlia Lithwick, concerning Morgan’s Case. It would seem that there is a mainstream voice calling for reason and logic in a case clearly riddled with madness! There is a strong and prevalent push to treat this 12 year old child as a competent adult, and very little credence is being paid to her now diagnosed, yet untreated schizophrenia. As is often the case, she has and is being tried in the media. The media is demonizing Morgan in its endless effort to turn a buck from the misery of the world. It is quite clear that Morgan is mentally ill, and that this untreated mental illness precipitated the violent crime. Even the media has latched on to the figure of Morgan’s delusions, and cast it center stage, coining the phrase: the ‘Slender Man stabbing’. Lithwick’s article is the first mainstream news targeting the decision to try a mentally ill child as an adult, and while Lithwick may not know it, she is doing exactly what we are asking you to do: to speak up for Morgan!

IMG_1263We believe that we can be Morgan’s slender chance – her slender chance at receiving the help she needs! The easy route is clear: lock her up, throw away the key – out of sight, out of mind. But we believe that Morgan Geyser is the canary in the mine. The crime at the center of this case is merely the symptom; the problem is untreated mental illness. I also located an interesting USA Today article posing an argument against trying children as adults in the criminal court system. As most people know, scientific studies have shown that children are not developmentally capable of understanding the cause/effect of their actions in the same manner as adults, which is precisely why the juvenile court system exists. While the USA Today article does not specifically target the elephant in the living room, mental illness, it still represents a minority of journalists who are rightly questioning the Judge’s decision on March 13th.

There is only one hope, one slender chance left for Morgan Geyser, and that is the Reverse Waiver Plea. In this vein we ask that you join our Letter Writing Pool in an effort to influence Judge Michael Bohren to make the humane decision, and remand Morgan to the juvenile court system! There are many ways to get involved though! Engage by commenting on blog posts. Share this page on your social media sites. Tell the people you know, and ask them to tell the people they know. Donate with the button on the Support page – funds which will cover legal fees for Morgan Geyser – and receive a complementary sticker to help promote Morgan’s cause. Be a part of the solution, instead of the problem!

“Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” ~ Robert Kennedy