from Joe Power-Drutis, June 10, 2011
Sue Ablao and I entered Jackie’s private room on the 3rd floor of the
University of Tennessee Medical Center at exactly noon time today.
Jackie attempted to greet us but was only able to partially lift her
head and whisper in short, broken phrases.
She didn’t realize that just a couple of hours before in a federal
court room in Knoxville, H. Bruce Guyton, U.S. Magistrate Judge
accepted, from Jackie’s attorney, a petition to release Jackie from
the legal chains that bound her. He approved her release pending a
sentencing date to be announced; for her prayerful Resistance at the
Y-12 nuclear weapon enhancement facility in Oak Ridge Tennessee on
July 5, 2010.
The probation officer and U.S. Marshall, also present at court,
assured the judge that Jackie could well be released by the end of the
morning; and so, unlike most of what I have experienced in these local
Detention Facilities, her release actually did occur that smoothly.
Minutes before we arrived 2 guards were posted at her door; they were
gone now. But given Jackie’s experiences over the past 2 weeks, I
don’t think she fully comprehended all that had just taken place, nor
does she understand her medical condition and limitations. But we do.
Simply put, the abominable medical care Jackie received at the Irwin
County Detention Facility resulted in her contracting Pneumonia and
subsequently whether secondary to that or another undefined medical
problem, ended up with her being in Kidney Failure. No one at that
facility caused these conditions to happen; but, not providing
reasonable emergency medical care when her symptoms warranted such
care is willful neglect by any medical standard.
Thankfully 2 days ago when Jackie arrived at the Knox County Sheriff’s
Detention Facility here in Knoxville, the Physician’s Assistant in
charge recognized the seriousness of Jackie’s condition and had her
sent to one of the finest medical centers in Tennessee. www.utmedicalcenter.org
At present Jackie is resting comfortably and is being given medication
to keep her pain free, while treating the Pneumonia and stabilizing
her kidney function. My understanding is her prognosis is good and
that when she is strong enough, hopefully in the next few days, she
will be released to recuperate here in Knoxville until she can travel
back to Seattle where she will return to the care of her doctors at
the University of Washington Medical Center.
It seems amazing to me that our system of justice would put a 76 year
old religious sister through such a near death experience. For What?
Oh yes, for being convicted of misdemeanor tress pass for walking 10
feet across a thin blue line and kneeling down to pray. I wonder what
her punishment would have been if she would have made it to 50 feet, a
hundred, or possibly going further and doing something that shut down
the production line?
Prayers of Thanksgiving Abound.
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