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Thursday, October 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“NO JAIL FOR BEING A DAD”
Fathers4Justice to visit with wrongfully imprisoned Bill Coleman
Washington, DC – October 01, 2009 –
Fathers-4-Justice™ U.S. (F4J) board member Donald Tenn is traveling to the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Connecticut to meet with wrongfully imprisoned Bill Coleman as part of the Fathers 4 Justice, “No Jail For Being A Dad” campaign.
Bill Coleman is on a hunger strike because, he says, “The justice system is broken and corrupt!” Coleman also stated, “I am protesting a broken judicial system that is incapable of providing justice as well as protesting the State of Connecticut assisting in the abuse of my children. Having explored every avenue, to save my children and prove my innocence, I now believe the system is not an option for the truth to come out; and I choose to fight to the maximum with my life.”
Coleman’s ex-wife told police in 2002 that he raped her and a jury convicted him in 2005 of sexual assault in a spousal relationship, unlawful restraint, breach of peace, second-degree threatening and sixth-degree larceny, without any physical evidence. Coleman, 49, was given a 15-year prison sentence, suspended after he serves eight years, on his wife’s testimony alone. Coleman says she falsely accused him to gain the upper hand in their child custody case. She never had a medical exam which would have included a rape kit. He passed a lie detector test, but it wasn’t admissible as evidence in Connecticut.
Coleman’s defense attorney, Michael Gannon had his license to practice law suspended in June 2007, yet Coleman’s request for a retrial has not been approved.
Coleman, a British citizen is incarcerated in Suffield’s McDougall-Walker prison, where officials want to resume force-feeding. The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut is assisting Coleman. Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program wrote that “brutally force-feeding” Coleman violated his basic human rights and his right to make a political statement by refusing food.
A rally will be held in support of Bill Coleman on October 2, 2009 from 11 am to 6 pm at the prison.
MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution
1153 East Street
SouthSuffield, Connecticut 06080