If you’ve been reading my blog from the early days, you know about my involvement with Julie Amero’s fight for justice. But for new readers, know this: Julie Amero was the victim of a poorly secured network, vicious malware, and a culture of suspicion and ignorance within the ranks of the law enforcement community in Norwich, Connecticut.
After very nearly being sentenced to forty years in prison for the heinous act of trying to shield students in a class where she was substitute teaching from pornography being served via popup to her school computer, after losing the child she was carrying as a result of the stress of her arrest, after living for another two years in limbo until finally being “allowed” (and I use that term with all sarcasm) to plea-bargain the charges down to ones that credited her time served and closed the case, one would think it was time for Julie and Wes to move on, enjoy their lives together, and let the past live in the past.
One would think.
The fates had a different idea, I guess. Via Sunbelt Blog, Wes Volle (Julie’s husband) writes:
As you have heard, I have terminal cancer with an original life expectancy of about one more week ( at best ). But following true to course, I never listen to anyone or anything when it comes to something that I don’t want to hear. I’ve never backed down from a good fight in my life and I’m not about to start now. I am going to beat this horrible disease.
Wes has been Julie’s rock through all of this. He has been her defender, her support, and her rock. He’s also not going down without a fight.
I’m feeling like I’ve been run over by a bus, but hey, even some of them survive. The doctors and some good friends are making me comfortable with lots of drugs, but sometimes I feel like Alice in Wonderland, you know the song – ( one pill makes you larger and one makes you small, but the ones that mother gives you don’t do anything at all) . I’m down to fighting weight now (195 lbs), I’ve lost almost 50 lbs and everyone says I look good, and I figure that they are saying that in the context for a guy that’s supposed to be dead now. Their words of encouragement help me through some of the the really tough times…
Make no mistake, times are tough for Wes and Julie. The police and the courts ruined Julie Amero’s life, and took her future. Now cancer comes in a closing act, and threatens to take the little that is left.
…because I need to stay alive for Julie, I don’t think she will last long when I’m gone even though she seems to listen to me when I tell her that she must continue to live on in the aftermath of my death. She is handling this like a trooper, but there is only so much she can handle. She can never work again, and we are in the final stage of appealing her social security case, but that will only go so far when and if she gets it. Her spirits are middling and the benefit that Herb is putting on will help ease her mind about being left behind with a ton of hospital and doctor bills.
The benefit Wes refers to is this one, put on by Herb Horner.
I will refrain from railing too much about the injustice of someone being faced with terminal cancer and still needing to be sure the medical bills don’t wipe out the family finances, which were already devastated by what they paid lawyers before the netroots stepped up and helped in the original case.
Alex, I feel terrible about having to ask for money. I wasn’t raised that way, but I wasn’t raised to think about dying of cancer either. So if you have contacts that are still willing to contribute to Julie, please do what you can to help her out (again).
If you can, please donate to Julie via the PayPal link here. Times are hard for us all, I know. Donating might not be possible. If that’s the case, leave a comment with some good wishes for Julie and Wes that I can pass along, and I’ll include it with a donation of my own.
On a personal note, my heart breaks for Julie and Wes, and my prayer for them will be that some redemptive good will emerge from the tatters of lives ruined by zealotry and a rush to judgment.