Thursday, 12 January 2012
Neli Latson's mother, Lisa Alexander
by Sis Marpessa
Lisa Alexander, mother of Neli Latson, was convicted on 1/10/2012 of misdemeanor charges that for many would have resulted in little to no jail time. However, supporters were stunned that the trial concluded with Lisa being taken away as a prisoner to be incarcerated for one year, which was later shortened to six months.
Lisa Alexander is an 11 year military veteran with no prior criminal history. She left the military to dedicate her life to her children and to especially build a stable life for her autistic son, Neli. Neli was racially profiled, thrown in jail, and unjustly convicted in May, 2010 at the hands of the same DA's office that prosecuted her. Lisa has been tirelessly advocating for Neli and the only constant throughout his terrifying ordeal has been his mother's voice by telephone each day and their weekly visits. She is her son's coping mechanism and is absolutely vital to him.
A number of Neli's supporters believe that the incarceration of Lisa Alexander is in direct retaliation for her efforts to speak out against the corruption in Stafford County and her fight to have her son released to a facility capable of addressing his autism. Her internet campaign to win supporters to her son's cause was even mentioned by the prosecution during the course of the trial!
Lisa has been under such an extreme amount of stress over the past few years since Neli's arrest that she has suffered severe vision loss rendering her barely able to read. Family and friends are greatly concerned for her health and well being, as well as Neli's.
A press release will be distributed soon and we are calling on everyone to please help support this family in crisis. Subscribe to the e-mail listserve for updates and/or follow at the Facebook page, Fight Against Autism and Police Injustice. Please also sign onto and share the petition for pardon for Neli when he is released so that he doesn't have to be on parole for decades to come. He must receive a full pardon if he is to live any semblance of normalcy.
Petition Link: http://www.change.org/petitions/pardon-wrongfully-convicted-autistic-youth-neli-latson
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More info on Neli Latson at http://www.avoiceforneli.com/
Posted by Irishgreeneyes at 15:26