Letter-to-the-Editor:
The Tragedy Of My Daughter’s Death

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[ML - I’ve condensed and reformatted this newsletter email thread to read oldest to newest.]

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From: crime-safety-security.com
To: crime-safety-security.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:31:23 AM
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On Wed Aug 05 11:22:09 2009, the following results were submitted from the "Contact Us" on crime-safety-security.com:

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First Name: Darlene
E-mail Address: DMcGinley123 @aol.com
Country: United States
Comments: Darlene McGinley
PO BOX 1115
Tombstone, AZ 85638
E-Mail: DMcGinley123 @aol.com
August 5, 2009

Please help our family; we don’t want the tragedy of my daughter’s death thrown out with the trash.

My 16-year-old daughter died three years ago after being given morphine by a drug dealer. After years of fighting with the system the drug dealer was finally arrested. Case number is: DL0034788. She was arrested for supplying a controlled substance.

On July 22, 2008, Orange County Judge John Gastelum offered the drug dealer 12 months of probation and 30 days of community service. The district attorney, Lexie Elliott informed me it would most likely be picking up trash.

I am outraged! You should be too. Where is the tough on drugs policy we hear so much about? If I bought a pack of cigarettes or a six-pack of beer for a minor my punishment would be more severe. Is the court system so complacent that it allows this sort of justice? I just want to know why!

No matter how you look at it, this is just plain wrong and judicial reckless behavior. The assistant district attorney will not allow the investigating officer or the school officer to appear before the judge in the hearing. I am outraged! Is my daughter any less important than Michael Jackson?

Judge John Gastelum will be hearing this case August 13, 2009 in the Orange County court house.

Please help our family! If you have experienced something similar or want to be of assistance, I can be reached at the above addresses. I will also inform you of the outcome.

Sincerely,

Darlene McGinley

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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Loftus @crime-safety-security.com
To: DMcGinley123 @aol.com
Sent: Wed, Aug 5, 2009 4:25 pm
Subject: Re: The Tragedy Of My Daughter’s Death

Hello Darlene,

I'm so very sorry for your tragic loss.

No doubt your family needs grief counseling. Many judicial districts provide not only Victim's Advocates to help you through the bewildering procedures but also Grief Counselors. Ask the District Attorney for that help.

If your district does not have those resources for you, please see my page at Crime Survivors - Overview to find organizations that help grieving families. The largest of them is Parents of Murdered Children (POMC) - described on my page at Parents of Murdered Children. Their URL is www.pomc.com.

There may be many reasons for the court's judgment in your daughter's case. Perhaps you can request specific explanations for their decisions.

In case my readers have any suggestions for you, do you want me to publish this email thread in my newsletter? If so, and if you desire, I can omit your contact information for your privacy. I can filter and forward responses to you.

I hope you may someday find peace,

Michael

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First Name: Darlene
E-mail Address: DMcGinley123 @aol.com
Country: United States
Comments: Darlene McGinley
PO BOX 1115
Tombstone, AZ 85638
E-Mail: DMcGinley123 @aol.com
August 7, 2009

Michael,

Thank you for your response. It’s OK to include my contact information. We appreciate your help and concerns.

Darlene McGinley

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If anyone has advice for Darlene McGinley to seek justice and closure, please contact her at DMcGinley123 @aol.com (delete the space to contact her).


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