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Regarding my clemency petition

July 1, 1993

Regarding my clemency petition

By E.J. Pagel

Regarding my clemency petition

First, I apologize for not contacting you in a more one-on-one method. My life is very limited.Thank you for your previous support and letters you may have written on my behalf!

The work release center director told us that the center will be shut down, we don’t know how soon, maybe two to four months, but there is a good chance that we will be shipped to other centers, rather than be granted early parole, so trying to expedite my clemency is very important now.

I talked to GeorgeAnn Duckett at Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s office, and she remembered me and said she would try to get Chuck to advocate for me. I am faxing my clemency petition to them, and she said she would like to attach as many reference letters as possible, so could you write one, and get anyone else who might be willing to write one? I am sending out e-mails and faxes to many others asking for these letters.

Please write a letter of reference, preferably on your company’s letterhead, to Representative Chuck Jefferson, 200 S. Wyman, Rockford, IL 61101. (They will most likely be forwarded to Governor George Ryan.)

You should probably write “re: Edward Pagel” on the left side of the envelope for them to recognize it quickly. I know I don’t have to tell you what to write (always known him to be honest and dependable, hard worker, not a detriment to the community, etc.) but here are some other facts about my situation.

I have been on work release for 10 months, had 22 weekend passes, more than 40 six-hour passes, and always came back on time. I have never had a dirty urine test, or any disciplinary action against me. I have never harmed or defrauded any individual; my conviction was for marijuana possession. My wife needs me desperately on the farm, and my mother, age 85, is losing her eyesight and needs me for many things. I am her only family.

I was previously an active citizen, promoting benefit concerts, organizing town hall meetings, and participating in public events. I was a team captain for the West State Street Cleanup in April of 2000. I brought free vegetables and bread to senior citizens at my mom’s

apartments, jumped strangers’ cars or pushed them out of traffic. I’m a blood and organ donor… I don’t expect you to go into such detail!

Thanks so much, and if you need more information, you can reach my wife, Sylvia, before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. on the farm at 963-1962, or leave a message for me at the center — 987-7399. You can call me at the farm on Tues. June 25 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed. June 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and from Fri. June 28, 6 p.m. to Sun. June 30, 4 p.m., which may very well be my last weekend at home.

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