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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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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, 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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Hurdle Fifteen: First one Down and a Lifetime to Go

Hear the Bells Chime, They Tell the Time, Count Now with me, The Time Must Be, One, Two, Three. . . That was the first song Old Man Soward taught me on the Piano probably  40 years ago.  Every time … Continue reading

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Hurdle Fourteen: A Silent Birthday Wish List

I have always prided myself on not using other people’s words to express my thoughts.  While I enjoy reading, and I am often inspired by quotations, I try not to rely upon them.  I often think, while scrolling down my … Continue reading

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A Sunday Epiphany – Jumping the First Hurdle

I do not expect, nor even suspect, that my path to a New Ordinary will be thunderstruck; a vision brought by a bolt of lightning knocking me off my horse.  My path appears to resemble more a hurdles race at a track and … Continue reading

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