I got a call yesterday from a woman in New Castle whose son, a classmate of Jordan’s, wanted to write Jordan a letter and needed an address. We talked for a long time and in the course of our conversation, she told me about an old saying in Lawrence County that her dad told her: “If you want to get away with murder, Lawrence County is the best place to commit the crime.”
There’s a long history there of wrongful accusations, railroading, and killers remaining free, she said.
Mind you, she is the third person to have told me this, and all three are unconnected except for the fact they all live in Lawrence County. There must be something to it, don’t you think?
I am fifteen hundred miles away from Lawrence County, I’ve never been there, and I am connecting dots derived long-distance from some widely-spaced sources, but it does seem clear from what people have told me that this part of Pennsylvania has a tradition of corruption in its justice system.
Not exactly something the local Chamber of Commerce would want to crow about, yet an angle the world press could easily emphasize in its already-outraged coverage of the persecution of this child. Unless there’s a change of venue, the town of New Castle is going to be a circus in May or whenever the case finally goes to trial. I’m wondering if Lawrence County can stand so much light?
This caller told me about her circle of moms from the school who know Jordan and believe him to be innocent. They are dumbfounded by the judge’s ruling. She told me that if this is happening to Jordan, then all their kids are at risk. She said she has been second-guessing her family’s decision to return to Western Pennsylvania.
“I feel like we have to do something,” she said. She told me that a circle of her friends from church are meeting regularly to say the rosary for Jordan.
I said I was so glad her son would write to Jordan. I told her people reaching out to Jordan and his dad means everything to them.
It exemplifies the best in our American tradition of helping a guy when he is down. Those are the friends who are always remembered.
If you have not done so already, please visit Jordan’s website at www.savejordanbrown.com to learn how you can assist.
Your help is now needed more than ever.