March 18, 2003
The Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby
Dear Mr. Suddaby:
I am asking you to please review the prosecution of United States of America v. Murtari. I hope some compromise can be reached that can result in a halt in prosecution of this matter. Over the past year I have spoken with Mr. Olmstead (the original prosecutor) and Mr. Southwick on this. They are both familiar with me and the conduct involved. I also have a great deal of respect for both of them.
Events of the past several months have certainly shown me the resolve of the government in prosecuting this manner and I also appreciate the leniency which has been show. You have my sincere thanks and I wish I could be more “cooperative”. If the issue which brings me to the outside of Senator Clinton’s office was one of taxes, education, etc…. I would also have ceased in my conduct. Unfortunately, for me and many parents, this is an issue of Civil Rights and one for which we expect a genuine dialog with our United States Senator. I plan on returning to the building on April 7th to continue our petition.
I wish I had more to offer in “compromise,” but all I can ask for is a return to a point where my peaceful petition had been allowed to proceed inside the building for weeks at a time. My appeal is pending and it will take time to run its course. Perhaps we can return to the prior status quo while it is pending? Hopefully, this will also give the political process a chance to move forward. The lack of communication causing the petition effort my be resolved.
Mr. Richard Southwick, Esq.