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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 3, 2015

STATEMENT OF INNOCENCE ON BEHALF OF NOELLE VELENTZAS

By Sean M. Maher

 

Noelle Velentzas is a loving 28-year-old mother and wife who is innocent of the sensationalistic charges manufactured by the U.S. government.

While certain members of the press appear to have judged Noelle guilty before her own attorney has been provided even a scrap of substantive evidence, it should be remembered that Noelle is presumed innocent. The history of our country is littered with the shattered lives and reputations of innocent people who were smeared, maligned, and destroyed by unsubstantiated criminal accusations that never were borne out. We should not add Noelle to that shameful list.

Whenever the citizens of this nation accept the uncorroborated word of government officials, we suffer. Sadly, the FBI and NYPD have a long and sordid history of abusing the public trust.

From illegal spying on law-abiding Muslims, civil rights leaders, and peace activists, to extracting false confessions from innocent people, to planting evidence, to using barbaric acts of violence, to illegal stop and frisk, to entrapment, to flat-out false and malicious prosecution, the list of abuses gives great pause that any accusations levelled by the FBI and the NYPD should be accepted without careful, searching, and methodical scrutiny.*

In the coming days, weeks, and months we will conduct our own unbiased and untainted investigation into the true facts and into the potentially unethical, untrustworthy, and illegal means used by various law enforcement officials and agencies to concoct this case against Noelle. This is not a case that should be tried in the press. Rather, I ask that members of our community respect the dignity of our Courts and legal process, respect the privacy of Noelle and her family, and keep Noelle in your thoughts and prayers.

*See attached Appendix.

APPENDIX

ILLEGAL SPYING ON LAW-ABIDING MUSLIMS, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS, AND PEACE ACTIVISTS

EXTRACTING FALSE CONFESSIONS

PLANTING EVIDENCE

BARBARIC ACTS OF VIOLENCE

ILLEGAL STOP AND FRISK

ENTRAPMENT

FALSE AND MALICIOUS PROSECUTION