14 July 2000
Mr. Don Siegleman
Governor of Alabama
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
I am a retired Alabama Correctional Officer.I worked at Holman Prison from late 1984 through May, 1997.Patrick Swiney came to Holman Prison in 1989.My position as Correctional Officer enabled me to observe and assess Patrick Swiney in a way and in circumstances very few people could or would appreciate.Despite his heavy sentence, he has always conveyed a positive attitude.This man is not a trouble-maker.He has a very accurate definition of his rights as a prison inmate.The old adage, "out of sight, out of mind" is a preferred mode for survival with some peace for some inmates because sometimes, when they press for their rights, it is regarded as defiance of the system, when it may be defiance of oppression of rights by people who do NOT care if they live or die.Patrick knows these things very well.
He is a very honest man.His honesty often puts him in jeopardy with some of the administration who are very personable on the outside, but downright evil on the inside.
All along, I continuously had the opinion that Patrick didn't belong there at Holman.We have talked at times about the crime he was convicted of and when he says he doesn't know what happened, I believe he is telling the truth.I've since reviewed Patrick's case with his wife, and Dr. Boris deKorczak.When I saw the forensic lab tests that state there was no gun powder residue or blood found on Patrick's skin or clothing, my suspicions of him being wrongly incarcerated were confirmed.As a corrections officer, you can pretty well tell who is guilty, and Patrick is not one of the guilty ones.
I support Patrick's release from prison.I am puzzled as to why the courts in Alabama keep refusing to look at this evidence of innocence.Something's not right here and I recommend you do everything you can to free this man from prison immediately.I own a weapon such as the one they say is the murder weapon.There's no way in the world that I can shoot that weapon and not have gun power residue on my hands and clothing or in my hair and skin pores.The forensic tests don't lie.Patrick did not shoot anyone and he needs to be released from prison.I hope you will look past the politics of this and use your powers as governor to set Patrick free.
Joseph L. Hamby
7979 Bradley Road
Andalusia, Alabama 36420