Read recent coverage of Clem’s case in the New Jersey Star Ledger.
In a turn of events fitting of this Kafka-esque plot line, Clem was released on parole this past Tuesday night (December 16th). The circumstances were odd to say the least. Clem was suddenly asked to gather his things and after moving through a series of holding cells he was driven towards Manhattan. Approaching Newark airport, Clem still didn’t know if he was being deported, shipped of to Texas or something else. But they passed by the airport and eventually dropped Clem off on a street in Manhattan at 7:30pm in the middle of a snowstorm without any cash. One collect call later and this chapter of the bizarre drama finally come to a close.
Clem is on parole pending upcoming hearings in January and March. So this story is not over yet.
Clem has been let out on parole pending his Jan. and March hearings.
There is a Santa Claus after all !!!
Thank-you everyone for inundating our Senators with letters. We don’t know if it was the lawyers, the letters, the Union heads asking the Senators to look into Clem’s case, or a combination of everything, but he’s home now.
We are going to keep up the web-site www.freeclem.com for updates.
And our first order of business is to help two of Clem’s inmates, Zeff from Albania and Cheybou from Cameroon.
Clem will write you soon and relay some amazing tales.
Until then, many thanks and much love,
Robin and the rest of the family
So stay tuned. In the meantime, you can read Mackenzie’s reaction to the release.
For the first time in 35 days, I can catch my breath. The news that my father would be released left me elated and excited. I didn’t know what it meant, when it would happen, or how, but I knew it meant good news. I can not tell you how it felt to know that after all of the struggle, there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
I raced home from work to begin preparing a welcome home dinner and make a huge sign. I jumped around like a wild woman and screamed at the thought of seeing my dad again. There are no real words to describe the heartbeat I felt in my stomach or the nervousness that ran through my brain. All I could focus on was that our day had come to be reunited again.
As I heard the garage door open, my head raced with excitement. I waited as I heard footsteps up the stairs and began bursting at the seams. The living room door opened and I leapt from my seat to be at my dad’s side. I screamed, “Daddy!” and raced for his hug. Finally, after these painful weeks, I could rap my arms around him again. I squeezed tighter and tighter, not wanting to let go, for the fear of losing him again. When I looked up, I saw the tears in his eyes and felt those in mine.
It’s a moment that I will never forget. I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for all that you have done for my dad and my family. My mom and I could never have gotten through this without the generousity and kindness people in this town and across the world have shown us. For my dad, the letters of encouragement, books, and visits meant the world. He proudly told me that his Corrections Officier commented that no one receieved anywhere near as much mail as he did and that he must have a lot of support. That is indeed true. From the bottom of my heart, I can’t thank you enough.
I am truly humbled at how much people open their hearts, and even their wallets, for a family in crisis. I feel as though I owe each of you something that I can never fully repay. My dad would not be home with my mom and me without the perseverance and strength of the people that surround us. Your advice, encouragement, support, research, letter writing, strategies, and all have been the most beautiful gifts I will ever receive.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂
Sunday, December 10.
I’m passing on this e-mail from Clem’s VP….Robin
I had the opportunity to visit with Clem and John David today.
Clem got two of us for the price of one and fortunately, John David and I were both on the “visitor “side of the glass!
Clem wanted me to convey his great appreciation for everything everyone is doing on his behalf. The cards and letters, the books, the letter writing campaigns, the visits, and the things he says he’s sure he doesn’t even know about.
He says he’s run out of envelopes and could never keep up with all the “Thank You’s” but he asked me to please let all of you know how deeply touched he’s been and his inability to thank each and every one of you himself is no reflection of the love and gratitude he has for his amazing circle of friends and family.
You could see when he walked into the visitor area he’s a bit down, but as Joe Volpe pointed out from his recent visit, when he sees a few buddies standing there you see a smile come to his face and you know in that moment he can turn off his troubles and he knows people miss him and are thinking about him.
His spirits remain high given the circumstances, and knowing that were all out there pulling for him, makes all the difference in the world.
He asked me to make sure I share his thanks to all of you.
An article covering Clem’s wrongful detention was recently published by Telegraph.co.uk. It had prominent place on editor’s favorites on the front page for an entire day.
What we need to do is get it onto other websites. Please read the article and then digg it. This means clicking on the digg link on the article, then registering on the digg website and entering that you “digg” the article. The more people who digg it, the more people will then choose to read it.
Please get as many people to digg it as possible. This is one way we can build up his case and get more people involved.
You can read the article here.
You can digg the article here.
Several players and friends from Clem’s beloved soccer team sent a letter to the editor for a recent publication of our local newspaper, The Sparta Independent. Everyone trying to help get Clem out is very appreciative of the support.
Letters to the editor, and letters to those in positions of power, really do go a long way. As can be found elsewhere on this website, the addresses for some of the more important figures are:
ATT: Pamela Thievon, Constituent Services
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen
30 Schuyler Place, 2nd Floor
Morristown, NJ 07960
ATT: Leslie Tejada, Constituent Services
US Senator Frank R. Lautenberg
One Gateway Center, 23rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
US Senator Robert Menendez
One Gateway Center, Suite 1100
Newark, NJ 07102