Thursday, August 21, 2008

Support Parole Transfers for Herman & Jalil

Contact Governors of NY & CA (SF-8 case)

Herman & Jalil are issuing this urgent message requesting friends and supporters to contact the Governors of New York and California to expedite the signing and execution of amended Executive Agreements, which will allow Judge Moscone to issue an order to return them both to NY State to attend their parole hearings.

In 2007, Herman and Jail were extradited from New York State to California to face charges in the SF8 case. Both were scheduled for parole hearings on their New York sentences in the spring of 2008. It would have been their third appearance before the board. Under a New York parole regulation, however, no hearing can be held unless they are physically present.

On May 18, 2008, SF Judge Moscone agreed with the consent of the state prosecutor and the SF County Sheriff to return them both to NY State for parole hearings--their legal right after more than 35 years of imprisonment.

On June 16th, Judge Moscone rescinded his May 18th order due to pressure from the CA Attorney General's office, and held the transfer in abeyance until new language was adopted to conform with the concerns of the Attorney General. The Attorney General's office has drafted an amended Executive Agreement which would allow the brothers to return to New York, although the Attorney General has refused to disclose the text of the amended agreement to the brothers or their attorneys. According to the Attorney General's office the amended Executive Agreements have been sent to California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York's Governor Paterson to be signed.

Herman and Jalil have a liberty interest in returning to New York. If these brothers were granted parole, then it is likely that they would also be granted bail in the SF8 case. All other brothers in the SF8 case are out on bail despite the severity of the charges. The Attorney General's tactics to prevent Herman and Jalil from returning to New York to attend their parole hearings infringes upon the brothers right to liberty.

If parole hearings await the resolution of the SF8 charges, it could be another year or two before Herman and Jalil are given hearings.

Please contact the Governors of New York and California by phone, letter or email

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160

David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Urge them to sign the amended Executive Agreements which will allow Herman Bell and Jalil Muntaqim (Anthony Bottom) to return to New York State to attend their rightful parole hearings.

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