The post below is by Terri Been, who is the sister of Jeff Wood.
Hello everybody. I thought I would write just a few lines to give you an update on Jeff. I was able to see him a couple of days ago, and I am happy to report he is in much better spirits than the last time I saw him. (He is still being harassed, and he is still without his property, but @ least he is ALIVE!!!)
He has gained back about 5 pounds of the 30 + pounds he lost when they starved him during the Texas prison lockdown…yeah!!! I wish I could report that the harassment of the inmates and their families was over, but it is NOT.
The harassment Jeff is still facing by Polunsky staff is a direct result of false accusations. (The “boss men” believe Jeff owns and possesses a cell phone; which he doesn’t…nor has he ever.) In an effort to divert attention elsewhere, Tabler gave a list of people who had phones, and people he “thought” had phones (Jeff’s name was on the list that Tabler provided).
Jeff has had his property taken on several occasions, and has been “searched” himself for “contraband”. In addition to the body “searches”, they have x-rayed him on several occasions as well. Not once have they found anything because he has NO contraband… Yet they keep searching him and his cell. He yet AGAIN has No radio, NO hotplate, NO fan, NO Nothing…oh, but hey…he got his mattress back after several weeks of sleeping on cold steel so he should be happy right??? (If you didn’t catch it, that sentence was DRIPPING with sarcasm!)
He faces hell on the best day, but the last couple of months have been really hard on him…and many others.
I feel that my brother needs some positive attention to “divert” his attention away from all of the negative he is facing; so if you have a few extra minutes…I humbly ask that you drop him a few lines or a card.
SADLY, Jeff STILL faces execution for a murder he DID NOT COMMIT, and the media still refers to him as “condemned inmate Jeffrey Wood.”
Currently, Jeff’s competency is being evaluated by professionals hired by his lawyers. The results from the evaluation and a petition for Jeff will be filed by his lawyers on January 20th, 2009. Once this happens, a competency hearing will be scheduled. We will let you know when we hear the date.
Until then, we have been urged to continue looking for public support. Jeff has just over 1300 signatures, and we need around 20,000 to make a difference…so we have a long way to go!!!! WE NEED SIGNATURES. (This can be done: Currently Eric Cathey has over 16,000 signatures…and we need that kind of support as well.) We also need letters of support for Jeff, and we need you to contact the Texas Law Makers about the Law of Parties…especially now since there is a BILL up for review to end the Law of Parties – AS IT APPLIES TO THE DEATH PENALTY!!! (But we can’t do this without your help or support.) We need these lawmakers to hear our voices and our concerns!!! One of the problems that I see with the law is that it will NOT be retroactive; so it will NOT help those who have already been convicted of this (my brother for instance); BUT I have been informed that there is a possibility that someone could make an amendment to that bill to “cover” the retroactive…if there was public support for it…SO PLEASE CONTACT THE TEXAS LAWMAKERS!!!
I am starting to collect letters once again in support for Jeff. It does NOT matter if you have previously written…we need more as we had to “start over”. I ask that you not send them directly to the Board of Pardons or Paroles as of yet. Please send me your letters via my e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org and address it as Clemency Letter for Jeff in the subject Box and I will make sure that Jeff’s lawyers has these for the hearing and the future clemency package. I do ask however that you please keep a copy on file so when it comes closer, you can directly send your letter to the Governor via the link on Jeff’s page in addition to our submitting it by paper!
If anybody has any ideas on how to help…I would love to hear them!!!!
I’d like to switch gears here for just a minute if you don’t mind.
I humbly ask each of you to consider joining amaze in an effort to help out families of Texas Death Row Inmates. This will not cost you any money and will only take about 5 minutes of your time!
Click above to join the "Abolish the Death Penalty Project" on Amazee.com and help us win the membership contest. We could win up to $5,000 to use against the death penalty. The project with the most members by Jan 22 wins.
Right now, we are only 80 members behind the first place group!
We plan to use one-half of any prize money we win to help needy families of people on death row travel to visit their loved ones on death row. We will use the other half of the prize money to fight against the death penalty, including a big anti-death penalty rally in Austin at the capitol this spring.
Once you are on the project page, click on "join project" on the right hand side, then click on "register". Then to qualify as one of the members who count towards the contest, you have to upload a profile picture or avatar of yourself. You don't have to do anything else to help us win the membership contest, but if you want, you can contribute content to the project.
Six Executions in Texas in January
Curtis Moore January 14
Frank Moore Jan 21
Reginald Perkins Jan 22
Clemency for Reginald W. Perkins Petition More than 16,500 have signed!
Larry Ray Swearingen Jan 27
(Swearingen IS INNOCENT and facing EXECUTION in 2 weeks. Please read my notes section entitled the science of Murder for more information on him…another innocent life is at stake!!!)
Virgil Martinez Jan 28
Ricardo Ortiz Jan 29
To send the Governor of Texas an email denouncing these executions, go to:
You can also call and leave him a voice message:
Telephone numbers for Governor Rick Perry of Texas
* Citizen's Opinion Hotline [for Texas callers] : (800) 252-9600
* Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers] : (512) 463-1782
* Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST] : (512) 463-2000
* Citizen's Assistance Telecommunications Device
If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD), call 711 to reach Relay Texas
* Office of the Governor Fax:
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Jeff and I both thank you for all of your continued help and support!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The post below is by Terri Been, who is the sister of Jeff Wood.
Posted by Texas Moratorium Network at 10:14 PM