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When we last left prisoner #84381 in December 2008, he had just been released after six weeks in Monmouth County Correctional Institution. As you may know, he was there compliments of Homeland Security after having his passport and green card confiscated when he returned home from a trip abroad.
Even though he was released and many people thought that was the end of the problem, we discovered it was only the beginning of our legal struggles. We’ve been to court twice and have to appear two more times. The final appearance will be on May 13, before the same Homeland Security judge who originally denied Clem bail and sent him back to prison in November. This whole fiasco has forced us to engage the services of three different lawyers. As you can imagine, the legal costs of fighting this battle have been extreme. In addition to Clem’s case, we’ve been helping his two former cellmates, who continue to languish in jail at this time for similar minor offenses.
If you want either an update or the history of Clem’s situation, please visit his website: www.freeclem.com, where there is an opportunity to donate to his legal defense fund if you so choose.
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this nightmare, which began in July 2008, will finally come to an end and that Clem will be allowed to become a U.S. citizen, free from the threat of deportation.
Robin, Mackenzie, Jordy, and Jake
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.
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.