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    Interview and Photo

    http://www.adn.com/2010/05/14/127900...-up-a-new.html

    "Now Free, Linehan Sets up a New Life" article published at adn.com, see link above. Includes a photo of Mechele carrying out some personal belongings from the prison.

    A couple of quotes from the article:
    She learned how to work the inmate black market, where everything from hard drugs to lip gloss is bartered or sold. She mostly sought out fresh fruit and vegetables.
    She learned she could avoid prison food by ordering from Costco, an inmate privilege, and use an iron to make ham and cheese croissant paninis.
    [my bold added]

    She ended up in the "hole" a couple of times for breaking the rules, including having chewing tobacco -- she had it for bartering.
    and then there's this gem, with the bold added by me:

    Asked what she thought of the strangers who have come forward giving her money to help -- Brian Watt, an East Coast executive, donated $25,000 for bail money and Anchorage strip club owner and businessman Terry Stahlman put up his motel as collateral for the bail -- she expressed gratitude.
    But at first, she admitted, she was leery. "I've taken presents from men before that didn't want anything and it didn't get me in a good place."

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    LOL, jinx Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by flourish View Post
    LOL, jinx Nancy
    lol!

    Thanks for pulling out the interesting parts! And for emboldening HAM hehe.

    I think it's interesting Linehan admits she was in "the hole" and says it was because she had chewing tobacco so she could barter for fresh fruits. Mechele's mother posted on the Free Mechele blog-- (entry since deleted, I'm pretty sure) that Mechele got in trouble for having tweezers that the prison gave her. She posted a very lengthy entry about this and how unfair it was, especially bc Mechele would be in the hole during her birthday. So is Mechele omitting some of her disciplinary infractions or just lying?


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    tweezergate

    The new ADN interview's revelations about Mechele being put in "the hole" for trying to blackmarket barter for fresh fruit piqued my interest because it was interesting Mechele acknowledged her rumored disciplinary record in the interview at all.

    As previously mentioned, there have been a number of online comments alleging Mechele got into trouble for a number of actually unsavory or illegal activities behind bars. I've mentioned before (and above) that the Free Mechele site posted about Mechele being put in solitary for possessing prison-issued tweezers. And then the entry strangely disappeared, as did numerous subsequent references to the alleged tweezer fiasco. Why would Mechele be placed in "the hole" for weeks simply because she was in possession of something the prison gave her?? And why would the entry and subsequent comments referencing it mysteriously disappear? The wholesome fresh fruit bartering story revived my interest in the deleted tweezer post.

    And we all know nothing ever really goes away on the internet. So I found the deleted entry. (Thanks to RSS Feed manipulation and my ocd-tendencies.)
    The bad thing is that Mechele's mom posted at length in the comments section to the entry, paragraphs detailing the injustice of tweezergate, how she thought the ACLU should get involved etc. but I can't access the comments to the deleted entry or the related comments deleted from other entries.

    Why does tweezergate (possibly) matter? My theory is the whole tweezer story was a big lie Mechele told her family to cover up the fact she actually got into trouble for something big. She was, afterall, kept in solitary for 3+ weeks. Because of tweezers?? Really?? So, if my theory is right, this is precisely the sort of thing that fits with the prosecution's narrative about Mechele-- do something bad and then completely lie about it and blame everyone else, insisting you've been set up. Then delete the computer evidence.


    so, the 9-26-09 entry is the deleted entry (without the more detailed woe-is-mechele story in the comments). I did make one edit, whiting out the name of Linehan's daughter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nancy botwin View Post
    The new ADN interview's revelations about Mechele being put in "the hole" for trying to blackmarket barter for fresh fruit piqued my interest because it was interesting Mechele acknowledged her rumored disciplinary record in the interview at all.

    .
    You are a WIZ at ferreting out stuff on the web! Aside from the infractions she discussed, I wonder if , like so many inmates, she shared details of the events with someone. But since she said she tried hard to avoid them, the prosecution may not get this advantage.

    I guess she thought she was better than the rest, though I think they had a lot in common - Hilke claimed she stole items from his house and her activities with her male harem were very close to scams - if not outright scams.

    (I want to register my appreciation of some posts but it doesnt’ take - I’m clicking on the Thanks button - is that correct? Nothing happens when I do.)


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    Marilhicks:

    I agree with your post.... I, too have wondered about the "tweezer" story - definitely sounds like a cover! Am quite sure Mechele wasn't the most popular gal around the cellblock as she has does give off that snooty attitude, IMO.

    adn.com is the most amazing sitefor this case, so thanks a bunch for pointing me in that direction! It's going to take a while for me to get up to speed on this case with all the info they have there!

    I have no idea why your "thanks" won't work....all I can think of to try is to hit refresh...I've never had that happen to me that I recall....sorry.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie in Spokane View Post
    Marilhicks:


    I have no idea why your "thanks" won't work....all I can think of to try is to hit refresh...I've never had that happen to me that I recall....sorry.
    Finally figured it out - it was browser related. The Thanks button doesn't work with Firefox - I have to use Internet Explorer.


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    So leaving at night with no fanfare wasn't good enough...nope, not enough drama there...let's return in daylight to get that little Amazon box and the handmade prison blanket...WAY better photo op

    jmo
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    Anyone know what exactly "sight and sound" means in Alaska in this situation? I've worked in group home situations that required a "sight and sound" supervision situation, and while some people had their own "studio" apartments adjacent to the main house, the requirements varied as to individual official exceptions made for people whose situations required differing levels of supervision (ie: adjacent door unlocked vs. locked, studio entry through interior vs. exterior of main house, etc.).

    I'm not implying that this particular situation is or isn't in compliance with the applicable laws. I'm just asking if anyone has any specific information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyBug99 View Post
    Hi guys! I'm back after giving myself a little break from all this. I see Mechele is out on bail. I can't say that I'm surprised. I've been catching back up and I love all your posts. They echo my sentiments exactly. I know this is a circumstantial case so it is a million times harder, but do you guys think they will retry her? Will they win? If the emails and scenario were put in front of me, as a juror I would convict her. However, what else can the prosecution do this time around? They do not have concrete evidence that she planned his death. I realize this. I wish they were able to come with some additional evidence this time around. I feel in my heart she is guilty, the circumstantial evidence points to her being "in the know". That said if they do not retry her or get a conviction this time, I feel better knowing that she did in fact have to spend 2.5 years in prison. I think she deserves the black cloud that will hang over her head for the rest of her life.


    Reading the Free Mechele Blog is truly frustrating!!! I don't understand their take on the same emails and information that we have. Rolena stated that there was sooo much more, but what? Even on the site they don't talk about more information that the public is not privy to. They are just rehashing the same info and putting their unique spin on it. (which I find laughable). They go to hell and back pointing the finger at Alaska and the prosecutors for making up a sensational story to get a conviction. Well aren't they doing the same thing? They are telling a tale to show Mechele in a better light. None of their explanations make any sense. Mechele tells them one story and their stickin to it. Well I ain't buying it!!!
    I don't know much about retrial after successful appeal. To me, the State has a much better shot at conviction if they allow the jury to consider some lesser charges (Linehan was only charged with first degree murder in the original indictment). I think if jurors were allowed more options, the probability of some form of conviction would be higher.

    I also wonder if the State is forever barred from using any aspect of Leppink's letter at trial. The Appeals Court Opinion discusses various conditions in which evidence like Leppink's letter could have been permissibly admitted at trial. If parts of that letter were admitted at retrial, I think this would also help solidify the State's case and/or thwart the defense argument that Leppink arranged his own "suicide," was fearful of others due to his "gambling debts" or other problematic relationships etc.

    I'm unclear about those issues, so I posted the question in the Verified Lawyers thread.

    And Ladybug, I agree with your assessment of the Free Mechele line of logic. Without any evidence to support their version of events, it just resonates as spin to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marilhicks View Post
    You are a WIZ at ferreting out stuff on the web! Aside from the infractions she discussed, I wonder if , like so many inmates, she shared details of the events with someone. But since she said she tried hard to avoid them, the prosecution may not get this advantage.

    I guess she thought she was better than the rest, though I think they had a lot in common - Hilke claimed she stole items from his house and her activities with her male harem were very close to scams - if not outright scams.

    (I want to register my appreciation of some posts but it doesnt’ take - I’m clicking on the Thanks button - is that correct? Nothing happens when I do.)
    Thank you! I hate it when things disappear from the internet and I'm left thinking "I KNOW I read that somewhere..."

    I wonder if , like so many inmates, she shared details of the events with someone. But since she said she tried hard to avoid them, the prosecution may not get this advantage.

    Among the comments alleging bad behavior in prison were statements that she did discuss Leppink and said things that tended to point to her guilt-- so part of my interest in these comments is trying to form an opinion as to whether the commenters are credible. Of course anyone could get on the internet and pretend to have firsthand knowledge of Mechele in jail, but if the allegations about drug posession/use are proven true, I'd be more inclined to believe the other parts of the commenters posts.

    There have been so many different comments from different people saying the same thing (Mechele was somewhat notorious for manipulation and bad behavior in prison) that I tend to believe them. I wish 48 Hours would do an update and interview people who were with Mechele in prison-- I think that would be very interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flourish View Post
    So leaving at night with no fanfare wasn't good enough...nope, not enough drama there...let's return in daylight to get that little Amazon box and the handmade prison blanket...WAY better photo op

    jmo
    I thought the Amazon box was funny. In reading the Free Mechele blog, I was struck by the volume of people who sent her things from her Amazon wishlist. Of course the wishlist has now been deleted after allegations that it was "hacked" Does anyone know anything about that?


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    LadyBug99, I have most respectfully snipped and bolded your post, for emphasis

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyBug99 View Post
    That said if they do not retry her or get a conviction this time, I feel better knowing that she did in fact have to spend 2.5 years in prison. I think she deserves the black cloud that will hang over her head for the rest of her life.
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyBug99 View Post
    They go to hell and back pointing the finger at Alaska and the prosecutors for making up a sensational story to get a conviction. Well aren't they doing the same thing? They are telling a tale to show Mechele in a better light. None of their explanations make any sense. Mechele tells them one story and their stickin to it. Well I ain't buying it!!!
    Exactly. This latest story is a wonderful example of that. And "Tweezergate," [Nancy, again, good gosh you are hilarious].

    *Sigh* it's incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nancy botwin View Post


    Among the comments alleging bad behavior in prison were statements that she did discuss Leppink and said things that tended to point to her guilt-- so part of my interest in these comments is trying to form an opinion as to whether the commenters are credible. Of course anyone could get on the internet and pretend to have firsthand knowledge of Mechele in jail, but if the allegations about drug posession/use are proven true, I'd be more inclined to believe the other parts of the commenters posts.

    There have been so many different comments from different people saying the same thing (Mechele was somewhat notorious for manipulation and bad behavior in prison) that I tend to believe them. I wish 48 Hours would do an update and interview people who were with Mechele in prison-- I think that would be very interesting.
    I too have noticed how consistent the former inmates’ comments are. Currently there are comments on ADN from someone who claims to have been her cellmate for a time. They are damning but have the ring of truth. (Sounds like a plot for prison movie!)

    Since the defense was able to present testimony to her character since the murder, I would imagine that the prosecution could do the same with the inmate testimony .

    (See comments of absintheminded907 at:

    http://www.adn.com/2010/05/14/127900...-up-a-new.html)


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    Quote Originally Posted by marilhicks View Post
    I too have noticed how consistent the former inmates’ comments are. Currently there are comments on ADN from someone who claims to have been her cellmate for a time. They are damning but have the ring of truth. (Sounds like a plot for prison movie!)

    Since the defense was able to present testimony to her character since the murder, I would imagine that the prosecution could do the same with the inmate testimony .

    (See comments of absintheminded907 at:

    http://www.adn.com/2010/05/14/127900...-up-a-new.html)
    It's very interesting!! And I agree that if the defense opens the door to Linehan's character at trial, these kinds of witnesses are likely to be called by the prosecution. After reading comments about this case all over the internet for years, I find absintheminded very credible. I found the two women she named as Mechele's paramours when I searched the Alaska court case index, found other things online etc.

    I think Mechele's camp is bracing for this kind of testimony. Dr. Linehan posted on the Free Mechele blog in March:

    "He (the prosecutor) will bring any witness to the stand that will help him “win” the case. I predict right now that he will try to pull a “jail house confession” from some girl who met Mechele at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. It is almost a given. He will bring anyone up to the witness stand, regardless of their credibility or veracity. It’s coming, and I am not looking forward to it. More importantly, nor is my wife. However… bring it on."

    I think the defense is going to have a problem though, because if these allegations are true, the prison disciplinary records are going to verify the inmates' testimony. And Linehan will just be left saying, yet again, "no, this isn't true. everyone is lying but me. I was set up."

    Is any of this evidence she's guilty of murder? No. But if I were wrongfully convicted of murdering someone and then ripped away from my husband and daughter, I don't think I'd be doing the kinds of things Linehan was allegedly doing behind bars. This kind of stuff makes me think the prosecution's take on Mechele seems more credible than the Free Mechele's version. And again, I feel very badly for his husband if this is true.


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