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The $5.2 Million Man: When Is It Time To Die?


Five-point-two million dollars were spent to keep one 69-year-old retired prison guard alive in the Duke University Hospital ICU for 34 days; he was then discharged to death. His wife said, “I was just hoping it would save my husband’s … Continue reading

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Discovering Power


Kathy yelled “You’ve got to do something about this!  If she’s treating you this way then she’s treating everybody this way!  You are smart enough and strong enough to do something about it and you have to!”  All I knew … Continue reading

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The Trial (Part I)


When I walked into the courtroom, Special Assistant Prosecutors John Lang and William Day respectfully rose to their feet.  Lead defense attorney Edward Gerber and his co-counsel did not.  This had been the way throughout the trial:  the prosecution treated … Continue reading

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The Decision


In any event, John talks slowly and asks many, many small, precise questions.  The standard laugh line around the Special Prosecutor’s Office is that Richard Sheeran’s trial should take three weeks but since John is prosecuting it, it will take … Continue reading

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The Witness


I contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and got from them test protocols.  I took these to Dr. Sidney Orgel, a psychologist on the staff of Upstate Medical Center.  He had a private practice run out of an office in … Continue reading

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Trial Preparation


So I kicked the offending travel voucher back to the head auditor and she returned it to Dick Sheeran and a couple weeks later I asked the auditor what had been the outcome.  She gently replied, “Oh, you’d have to ask Mr. … Continue reading

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The Conspiracy


According to news reporters and the Special Prosecutor’s Office, around 1970 the officials of the Onondaga County Republican Committee entered into a conspiracy with the bureaucrats of the Onondaga County government whereby department heads were to produce contributions to the … Continue reading

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The Indictment


So I testified before the grand jury in the matter of the People vs. Richard Sheeran and life went on.  The only person I talked to about it was my mother. I had been hired by Dr. Gerald Grant to work … Continue reading

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The Grand Jury


All people share the right and the responsibility to make the decisions that affect their lives together. And so the stage was set:  my ancestors, the Hopes, had set to farming in the Valley before the country was born and … Continue reading

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Inventing “Citizen Power”


One night in 1977 my mother told me that she and my dad had signed up to attend something called the Civic Literacy Project.  It sounded good so I signed up, too.  The Civic Literacy Project was funded by the U.S. … Continue reading

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