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For Julie Amero, this message: There’s still light

Sometimes it feels like you’re in the dark and there’s only an outstretched hand and a voice to help lead you out, but finally, you step out of that wracking, blanketing, stifling place and the sunshine falls on you like feathers, brushing away the fear and pain.

For Julie Amero, her husband Wes was that outstretched hand and soothing voice. Through her entire ordeal, he was there, steady as a rock, keeping her steady and walking through the nightmare she endured at the hands of Norwich, Connecticut authorities just four years ago. In fact, it was nearly four years ago to the day that she faced trial for committing the crime of protecting children from a computer full of malware and the resulting popup images. Julie was the victim of an incompetent, opinionated investigator and an equally incompetent judicial system. Still, with the help of many angels here on the Internet, she was able to prove her innocence but was still forced to give up her right to teach in order to serve up a pound of flesh. Unjust justice, but Julie was content, knowing that she would be with Wes and they could rebuild their lives.

In July of last year Julie wrote that Wes had been diagnosed with cancer and was given very little time to live. But in characteristic Wes-like fashion, he faced the diagnosis and treatment head-on until he passed away last weekend.

For Julie, it must feel like there is an infinite hole where Wes was, and now isn’t. It must feel like black is shrouding every step she takes, that there is no light around the corner or outstretched hand.

This is for Julie, this message and image at the top of this post. A flower in the dark, with barely enough light at dusk to cast a shadow. Yet the shadow doesn’t steal the light away. Even without the direct touch of daylight warmth, there is a glow. There’s still light. So, too will Wes be with you forever, right at the heart, at the place where darkness can’t reach. And always remember, Julie, that your friends are here with outstretched hands. They might not be as strong or sure as Wes, but together, we’ll do everything we can for you.

Rest in peace, Wes. You were a fine man, the kind of person who was just rock-solid good from head to toe. The kind of person who didn’t even know how to be anything but good. We never met face to face, but I know you like we did.

Much love to you, Julie. I wish this four-year saga had a different chapter at this point in time, but the end hasn’t been written yet, and there’s still light pushing the darkness away.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11

Julie Amero: Unexpected postscripts

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.

Cyberbullying Julie Amero

Julie Amero and her husband Wes Volle were interviewed today by Connecticut TV Station WTNH. The purpose of the interview was not to talk about her case, but to get the word out about the actions of Detective Mark Lounsbury, whose blog I linked to yesterday.

Here’s the interview (thank you, WTNH for making it embeddable):

I did note that he has removed the photo of himself with the assault rifle, an image I found profoundly threatening and disturbing whether it was there in 2006 or not.

What was striking to me about the interview with Lounsbury was how smoothly he was able to craft a reason for writing what he has. Read through the blog post — it drips with sarcasm, defensiveness, and a real need to trash Amero for his own self-aggrandizement. Yet, when he is in front of the camera, he appears calm, smooth, perfectly reasonable.

Have you ever known someone like this? Someone who seethes with anger and whose intensity is nearly overwhelming until they are in public? In the public persona, they appear calm, cool, and perfectly collected, sending the message that everyone around them overreacts.

I’m also disturbed by the comments, where Det. Lounsbury says he will “fix the log error”. Nothing on those logs should be “fixed” at all. They are what they are, and it’s worth noting that the computer clock may have been off on its internal clock, so times may be completely irrelevant anyway. However, it seems clear that he is altering log entries to bolster his “internet case” against Julie. Where I come from, that’s called a lie, plain and simple.

Never one to give up, he insists she admitted guilt, which she certainly did not. She was bent into a position of having to give up a pound of flesh in exchange for the spectre of another trial, and agreed to a trumped up idiotic plea to make things go away. I wish she hadn’t but I understand why she did.

Does it blow anyone’s mind that the man is an active detective with the Norwich Police Department and writes this stuff? It sure does mine.

One final note before I lay this to rest. There is no way for anyone, no matter how experienced, to tell from logs whether links were clicked or pages were scrolled or malware loaded a bunch of inappropriate web sites. No way at all. This man is tossing a pack of nonsense out to make himself look like a hero at the expense of a woman who has lost nearly everything.

Where I come from that’s called bullying. And it’s wrong.

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