From the comments:
- OT---COZZI UPDATE--IMPORTANT
I just got off the phone w/Bill and he said arguments on his appeal are beginning on Feb. 18.
He and his lawyers do not have any idea how successful they will be, so everyone please pray.
Bill also said that he is still in the process of writing everyone who wrote to him, and is able to get out 50-60 letters per week. He did not want to send a form letter, so he is writing everyone individually because he is so grateful to those of you who took time to write him.
Bill is still EXTREMELY depressed, and keeps to himself and said he always has to have an eye open both ahead and behind him.
As far as visiting, he said he does not want to jeopardize anyone coming to see him. He stressed that the part of the country he is in is crime-ridden and the people do not like northerners. He said he thinks it is too dangerous for anyone to make the trip, and he will not even let his family come to see him. He also said that the prison personnel treat northerners badly and he does not want anyone to have to go through that to see him.
His lawyers are still working on getting him transferred closer to Chicago, but understandably are more occupied with his appeal.
Bill said that although we tend to bad-mouth Chicago, since he considers himself 'at the gate of Hell,' that he still loves the city and the CPD.
He said he has enough books and magazine subscriptions and he is grateful to the two persons who have arranged for him to get the Tribune. He said getting mail, reading the Trib, and going to bed are the only highlights in his day. I had been sending him news clippings, but the prison sent them back.
I am thinking that Bill might like some photos, maybe of the old district, maybe a roll call, Chicago landmarks, anything funny, etc.
Please keep sending cards and letters. He really can't receive much else.
I will add another update next time I talk to him.
One of Bill's friends
Bill's address continues to occupy the upper right corner of the main page and it only costs 44 cents to mail a letter.
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