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Dear Friends,

I am so thrilled to report that Debbie was found suitable for release on parole by the Board of Parole Hearings today!

Debbie's unbeatable spirit and the tireless work of her attorneys produced this incredible outcome. But as they said, it was the support and interest taken by people like you who made the difference.

1+1+1....1332 strong....THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS.

Deborah Peagler has been imprisoned since 1983. She has finally earned the right to a new hearing, but District Attorney Steve Cooley continues to oppose her freedom, even after agreeing to a deal that would have led to her release in 2005. Now she has been diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer and should be allowed to spend her final days with her family.


Debbie's attorneys are gathering letters in preparation for her parole hearing, expected to take place later this year. (Her hearing was scheduled for May 28, 2009, but was postponed just two days before it was supposed to take place). Please send your letter today to her attorneys 
at this address:

Nadia Costa
Bingham McCutchen LLP
3 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco, CA 94111

Subject: One week away.

Dear Friends, 

As you know, Debbie's much anticipated Parole Board Hearing on May 28th was sadly postponed. It has been rescheduled for ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, July 10, 2009. 

This is our last push. Please take a moment to send the petition to anyone (particularly CA residents) you know who have not yet signed. With 1277 signatures and counting, we are all hoping that the Parole Board and Gov. Schwarzenegger get this message loud and clear. 

Debbie's health has continued to decline as she fights Stage IV cancer. This truly is now or never. 

Thank you so much for making a difference.


Letter to
Ex. Director ACWIP Gloria Killian
Dear Parole Commissioners and Governor Schwarzenegger,

I write to urge the California Department of Corrections Board of Parole Hearings and Governor Schwarzenegger to take immediate action to release Deborah Peagler (W#19341) from state prison. Debbie is a battered woman who was diagnosed in February 2009 with Stage IV lung cancer. According to medical reports, she has only days or months left to live.

Debbie already has served 26 years of a 25-to-life sentence despite the fact that in 2005, the Los Angeles District Attorney acknowledged in writing that she should be released from prison with credit for time served "in the interests of justice."

Deborah Peagler poses absolutely no risk to public safety and should be released immediately to spend her remaining days with her family and other loved ones. Please do not let this battered woman die in prison.


(name, address)

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