Susan Russo




January 7, 2003


Hi Lee,

Thank you for the Christmas letter.  That was very nice of you to do.

I don’t know exactly what you are looking for so I am just going to tell you the basics.

I was arrested July 14, 1994.  My charges are Murder, Conspiracy to murder, and Solicitation to Murder.  My husband was killed because of drugs.  I had to co-defendants, both male, and because I was in the house this story evolved.  Yes I was a battered wife and when I got arrested, they took full body shots of me.  My lawyer said he was going to use this in my trial but he never did.  My co-defendants never involved me nor did anyone who testified.  One person who did involve me recanted his testimony and said the police threatened him with prison because they had no evidence against me.  There was jury tampering as my mother-in-law was seen talking to jurors and I think some money changed hands.  The detectives who worked my case told me he knew I was innocent but I had to go down because it was my husband.  My lawyer never called any witnesses in my defense and would not let me testify either.  Between him and the private investigator I had it cost me one hundred thirty thousand dollars.  I have been in prison for eight years, lost everything I owned and my children are having problems because I am not with them.  I think I really got railroaded.

Lee let me know what you think okay.  I want to thank you for your time.  Please take care of yourself and I hope to hear from you soon.


Sincerely,

Susan Russo

March 16, 2003

Lee, what I want people to know is that the legal system has some serious kinks in it.  There was a time when you were innocent untill proven guilty.   Now it is the other way around.   There was also a time when lawyers worked hard for their clients.  Now it is all about money.

I never had an opportunity to take the stand as my lawyer wouldn't let me.  I never had a chance to tell my side.  The media said things that were never even said.  THe whole trial was a jokeand a lot of people got paid off.  This is what the legal system has become.

Sincerely,

Susan Russo


Susan Russo #W64536
Valley State Prison for Women
PO Box 92
C1-07-2L
Chowchilla, CA 93610-0092

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