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The Second to Final Hurdle: A Letter to the Judge On the Eve of the Sentencing of the Co-Defendant in the murder of My Son

November 29, 2012 The Hon. Judge Warren J. Granville Re: Sentencing of Marion Patterson State v. Patterson CR2010-48707-001 Dear Judge Granville: After two long years of dealing with the death of my son, Zachary Marco, at the age of 21, … Continue reading

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The Third to Final Hurdle: A Letter to the Judge on the Eve of the Sentencing Our Son’s Murderer

Sentencing Memorandum By Daniel J. Marco Father of Victim Zachary J. Marco 21 Years Old Dear Judge O’Connor: First of all, on behalf of my family, Claudia R. Marco, Zachary’s mother and Kathleen (Katie) Marco and Michelle Marco, Zachary’s sisters, … Continue reading

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Hurdle 17: Death, Divorce, Drinking and a Blind Dog (Or How I lost 35 Pounds without Trying)

Some of you, at least those that live in in Phoenix area, may have noticed that I have, in the months since my last post herein, lost some weight. While I wish it was because I tried, it is, weight … Continue reading

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Not a Hurdle: A case in Support of Pending US Constitutional Amendment for Victim Rights

   This is a letter written to Congressman Trent Franks presenting a case in support for a pending house bill that would ultimately result in a U.S. Constitutional Amendment granting Victims of Crime Some very basic Rights.  It is a … Continue reading

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Not a Hurdle but a Letter to the Illinois State Legislature in Support of Constitutional Amendments to the Victim Bill of Rights

27 March 2012 Dear Illinois Legislator: I write in support of the pending House Joint Resolution constitutional amendment to ILCON Art. 1, Sec. 8.1, known as Crime Victim Rights. My perspective is different than most. For twenty-three years I practiced … Continue reading

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Not a Hurdle, A Draft of My Speech to the Maricopa County Victim Assistance Division

LESSONS OF A CRIME VICTIM YOU ALL ARE VICTIM ADVOCATES FOR A REASON, I GUESS, AND I DOUBT THAT REASON IS MONEY. I WORKED FOR THE STATE ONCE MYSELF; THE BENEFITS AND RETIREMENT ARE GOOD BUT THE ACTUAL PAY CHECK … Continue reading

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Hurdle Sixteen: Of Grattitude and an Empty Chair

An empty chair.  That is one of the saddest things about the holidays, these days.  That fifth chair at the table.  Zachary’s chair.  Empty air.  A missing voice at the table. I need not explain it, mostly because I cannot. … Continue reading

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