I am writing this to inform you of yet another injustice. This is the story of a friend of mine, Ruth Paschal #150910. Tomorrow January 27th is her parole hearing. Please call the parole board.
In 1981 there was a murder. A man was forced to jump from the Skyway Bridge in Florida. Ruth was in the car while 2 men stood on the bridge with him. One of those men was Ruth's husband. She did not commit murder. The other man who did commit the crime confessed to the police and was granted immunity in exchange for his confession. Ruth was pressured to stand trial with him against her better judgment. She has served her 25 year sentence and is now still in prison for her 29th year. The Florida parole board should do the right thing and grant her parole in 2010.
This is Ruth's second parole hearing and she deserves her freedom. We are asking people to sign her petition, make phone calls and fax the Parole Commission and Governor Charlie Crist on her behalf.
She is a woman of faith and has taken many vocational and self betterment programs while in prison. She mentors other inmates and is consistently given good reviews from her superiors.
Please urge the parole commission to grant her parole. Feel free to add your own words to the letter. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing whatever you can do. Call, email, fax. We need to let the parole commission know that we mean business. It is time that women like Ruth get their freedom.
Mail letters to:
Florida Parole Commission
2601 Blair Stone Rd
Tallahassee, Fl 32399
Call and/or fax the following
Frederick B. Dunphy, Chair, (850) 488-0476 / FAX (850) 414-6031
Tena M. Pate, Vice Chair, (850) 487-1980 / FAX (850) 414-2627
Monica David, Commissioner, (850) 487-1978 / FAX (850) 487-1220
Executive Office of the Governor Switchboard: * (850) 488-7146* [Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time]
Fax: (850) 487-0801
Office of Governor Charlie Crist
State of Florida
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001