Archive for August, 2010

Film Maker Interviewed about Freeing Bernie Baran

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Dear Friend of Bernard Baran,

Film maker Daniel Alexander will be interviewed about his movie, Freeing Bernie Baran, this evening on Austin Texas radio station KOOP at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.

The movie will premier at the Austin Gay/Lesbian film festival on September 11.

I will be listening live. Please join me by clicking here.

-Bob Chatelle

R.I.P. John M. Swomley

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Dear Friend of Bernard Baran,

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Reverend John M. Swomley, father of Bernard Baran’s lawyer, John G. Swomley. I never met the elder Swomley, but I know that his values were deeply instilled into his son, who achieved the exoneration of Baran and has fought for justice and civil liberties on so many fronts.

Here is an obituary of a most remarkable man:

-Bob Chatelle

R.I.P. Robert Aitken Roshi

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Dear Friend of Bernard Baran,

This morning I received the sad news that Robert Aitken, an eminent Buddhist teacher and scholar, had died at the age of 93.

Roshi was a true friend of justice, as is his son, Tom. They contacted me many years ago after learning about the case of Bernard Baran from Katha Pollitt’s first column in The Nation. Both contributed financially to Baran’s cause and spread the word about this great injustice. Roshi also regularly corresponded with Baran while he was still behind bars.

Roshi also sent Baran many of his wonderful books. Some were passed on to me and I treasure them.

-Bob Chatelle

Judge Kern: Bernard Baran May Sue Attorneys

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Dear Friend of Bernard Baran,

This was posted on the blog of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly:

The decision will probably be appealed. But I think we have a reasonable hope or prevailing.

-Bob Chatelle