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    Defending our Defenders....

    To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters,

    Michaelís long awaited Appellate Argument has finally been scheduled. It will take place on December 9, 2010 at 10am before the Army Court of Appeals in Washington DC. We eagerly await for Michaelís case to be reviewed by this higher court and are anxious to hear what we believe will be a reversal of the injustice that was done to Michael. If you are in the Washington DC area on this day you are welcome to attend.

    The appellate court will review:

    1) The failure of the Prosecution to provide critical evidence of the Prosecutionís forensic witness to Michaelís defense counsel;

    2) The Military Prosecutorís reversible error of making false assertions of fact and interjecting her personal opinion in closing arguments;

    3) The military judgeís improper instruction limiting Michaelís right to self-defense;

    4) The evidence presented of pre-meditated murder was not factually sufficient to support a conviction;

    5) The military judgeís failure to instruct the jury on a lesser included offense of murder.

    The Army Court of Appeals can overturn Michaelís conviction on any single one of these errors. After the hearing on December 9th a ruling should be handed down in early 2011 and our hopes and prayers are that Michaelís conviction will thrown out.

    In addition to the appeals process Michael also has his annual clemency hearing coming up, possibly around the same time as the appellate argument hearing. Michael is not allowed to attend his clemency hearing so we will again represent him and hope the Clemency Board takes further action to reduce his sentence or release him to come home. We request that everyone send letters of support to the Clemency Board. You are certainly welcome to draft a short letter advising the Clemency Board of your opinion, or use the sample letter at the bottom of this email, or a combination thereof. (The sample letter will also be placed on www.defendmichael.com). We also encourage you to send a copy of your letter to your Senators and Representatives. There is a perfect storm forming to bring Michael home, but now more than ever we need your help. Please take a minute and write to the Deputy Secretary of the Army and your Congressional Delegations to let them know that this young man must be set free.

    We are extremely grateful for those who continue to send letters and cards to Michael. This upcoming holiday season will be Michael's second behind bars and he will no doubt struggle with the loneliness that comes with his situation. You can't imagine the impact a kind word of support can have upon our son. Your letters have always lifted his spirits and sustained him as he fights to regain the freedom that was taken away from him. With the incredible support of thousands of voices just like yours from across this great country hopefully this will be the last holiday Michael has to spend behind prison walls.

    Bless you all,

    Scott & Vicki Behenna

    Proud Parents of 1LT Michael Behenna

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    Sign the petition and let's help get this American hero released from prison !


    To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters,

    With great anticipation we approach Michaelís Clemency Hearing on December 2nd and then his Appellate Hearing on December 9th. The support Michael has received during the past year has grown far beyond what we could have imagined. Michael and our family have survived on the strength drawn from each of you and the many prayers that have lifted us up during this long and painful search for justice for an American Hero.

    We are constantly asked what can be done for Michael. Here are three things that you can do to help our son:

    1) Pray! Peace Lutheran in Edmond, Oklahoma will hold a prayer service for justice on Sunday, December 5th. Please lift up Michael the Sunday before his Appellate Hearing and ask God that this injustice be overturned.

    2) Sign Michaelís petition. We want to send 25,000 signatures to the Clemency Board by Thanksgiving. To reach this goal we only need 4,000 more signatures. Click on the following link to sign Michaelís petition: www.petitiononline.com/MBehenna/petition.html

    3) Send Michael a letter or card. The best part of Michaelís day is when the letters are delivered to his prison cell. He thrives on those letters and your writing has become his eyes on the world. Please send him a short letter or card to let him know that he still has your support and that you appreciate his military service to our country.

    It is hard to believe that it has been 18 months since the Army paraded Michael through three airports in handcuffs en route to prison. Since those dark days we have waited patiently for the Ďjusticeí system to address all the failures that we witnessed at Michaelís trial. Finally the day has arrived when we will get a chance to argue why Michaelís conviction should be thrown out. With your prayers and relentless support we will prevail and Michael will be free once more!

    Bless each of you,

    Scott & Vicki Behenna

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