Letter From Lynda Lyon:
Alabama Supreme Court set an execution date for me for April
19 2002, my life has become a circus. Two different psychologists were
dispatched to my cell to determine if I was, might be – or might become
suicidal. I assured them that I am not suicidal. I have a firm belief that
suicide is morally wrong, and George and I are continuing to fight for an
investigation by Congress into the conspiracy and cover-up in our case, a
subsequent overturn of our convictions and our immediate release, including
compensation for our loss of freedom, affection of family, and property,
for a total of $42 million.
the “date” was announced, the warden , and the prison
Commissioner and his deputies came to my cell to tell me they had decided I
could have two interviews - one state and one national. I had already chosen
an investigative reporter to have the state exclusive and plans were
underway for an interview. But a few days later the Commissioner returned
with the warden and another man I’m certain was a “bigwig” with a statewide
police organization. The Commissioner told me he had changed his mind about
the interview “in consideration for the police community”. I’m no fool, and
I’m no ‘shrinking violet”, and I asked him bluntly if he had changed his
mind under political pressure. He immediately looked down – a certain
giveaway that I had hit the bull’s-eye. However, his reneging has backfired.
In a letter to the reporter, I told her that the Commissioner was violating
Federal policy dealing with prisoner’s rights according to a famous class
action lawsuit in which the Federal courts ruled that prisoners cannot be
denied face-to-face media interview except for legitimate security concerns.
So, the TV station, seeing the opportunity to have an exclusive interview
with the first woman scheduled to be executed in Alabama in 45 years, is
suing the Commissioner for violation of the First Amendment. Other reporters
on a Friday Night PBS news reviews program admitted that the Commissioner’s
sudden reversal of his permission for interviews made them suspicious that
our charge that there was conspiracy and cover-up in our case may have credence.
week later, the Alabama Supreme Court suddenly changed my
execution date to May 10, 2002 without explanation, though the media have
conjectured that the Alabama Supreme Court was concerned that I would be
viewed as another “April 19th martyr” by the so called “patriot community”.
Ironically, I had not even noticed the date’s significance until the court
and the media made a big deal of it, which points out that the so-called
“right-wing”, “radical”, “extremist”, “anti-government” movement is largely
a media fabrication blown way out of proportion to the actuality of the size
and organization of various protest groups. The media love to consider
themselves onto “something big” while chasing ghosts.
a flurry of activity on the internet and other places
concerning my “date” and I am very grateful for the outpouring of support. I
’m receiving letters from all over the world, Even so, many are concerned
that George and I are mentally unstable for pursuing appeal to Congress
rather than the courts. But, I did have a two hour visit with the best DP
lawyer in Alabama, and even he honestly admitted that the appeals process is
so biased toward the prosecution that our chances are slim for acquittal and
release. Settling for a commuted or reduced sentence is not an option for
us. We are entitled to a full investigation, and we are not afraid for all
the facts to be revealed.
continue to report that we are “extremists”. Compared to
what? We have libertarian beliefs but we are certainly not “anti-government”
. The fact that we are vocal about the abuses by government agents or
agencies we’ve encountered make us no more “anti-government” than the NAACP or NOW,
who vocalize similar complaints.
I are far from mentally incompetent. The enmity toward us
is for one simple reason – we refuse to be victims, and we refuse to
continue to be railroaded by the same court system that pus us on Death Row.
If I may borrow a Yogi Berra quip – "It’s not over ‘til its over".
Signed by: Lynda LyonLynda Lyon [Block Z575]