Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Where to start, there's so much to share but for my first day I'll keep it as simple as my heart and brain will allow...

It's been a long 84 weeks of waiting and waiting (speedy trial?). And it's only the beginning. As Americans we hold ourselves to a higher standard; or do we? Lately, I've been seeing a whole different side to our justice system. How can an unconvicted man be denied basic healthcare while awaiting trial? And I don't mean cough syrup... I mean pills that are necessary to prevent a heartattack, blood glucose tests to insure that his diabetes is under control, teeth in his mouth so he can eat, etc., etc., etc. Tommy Gioeli is not fighting simply to fight, to whine, or complain...HE IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE. Without adequate care for his many serious ailments there will be serious consequences which will most likely result in death (unless there is some sort of miracle or divine intervention). This is America...how many of these men at Metropolitan Detention Center (a pre-trial holding unit) are innocent and being denied healthcare? This is not who we are as a people, as AMERICANS...and if so then we should just throw out the constitution. This is CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT something that we as Americans strongly oppose. INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.

And oddly enough, the media is not on the people's side. The media is not reporting the truth to us. They are not reporting both sides to a story... they are creating a monster of a man who is fighting for his life. When my dad goes to court to fight for his medical rights he leaves at 5am on a bus with no heat, no coat. He sits shackled in a bullpen until court at around 10AM. Court lasts about a half hour to an hour. Then he waits all day and does not return to the prison until around 8PM. HE IS NOT FED FOR THE ENTIRE DAY!!!!! FOR A DIABETIC MISSING A MEAL IS VERY DANGEROUS. ANYHOW THIS ISN'T EVEN HIS COMPLAINT I'M JUST ADDING IT BECAUSE WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH WOULD HE WANT TO GO TO COURT ALL OF THE TIME TO FIGHT FOR HIS MEDICAL CARE IF THIS IS WHAT HIS DAY IS GOING TO BE LIKE? DO YOU THINK ANYONE WANTS TO STARVE ALL DAY AND WAIT AND WAIT AND WAIT AND GET TREATED LIKE GARBAGE? NO BUT HE GOES BECAUSE HE IS FIGHTING TO LIVE. Now he is forced to defend his character in the media because apparently, reporters do not do their job anymore. Great tactic to get the public on your side. Good old John Marzulli of the "highly credible" NY DAILY NEWS reports LIE after LIE after LIE and then every other desperate to sell a paper reporter follows suit... DOES ANYONE REALLY THINK IT IS COMICAL THAT AN UNCONVICTED AMERICAN MAN IS SLOWLY BEING KILLED BEFORE HE EVEN GOES TO TRIAL? THAT A DIABETIC IS BEING DENIED HEALTHCARE? THAT A MAN WHO HAD HIS DIABETES UNDER CONTROL BEFORE HE WAS ARRESTED IS NOW RECEIVING INSULIN? THAT A MAN WHO HAS STENTS IN HIS HEART IS NOT RECEIVING HIS MEDICINE THAT PREVENTS HIS BLOOD FROM CLOTTING (CAUSING A HEARTATTACK) IS FUNNY? THAT AN AMERICAN MAN HASN'T HAD TEETH ON ONE WHOLE SIDE OF HIS MOUTH SINCE SEPTEMBER IS FUNNY BECAUSE METROPOLITAN DETENTION CENTER IS TOO LAZY TO PUT HIS BRIDGE BACK IN HIS MOUTH? THAT THE COURT ORDERD MR. GIOELI GET AN EKG AND OTHER MEDICAL TESTS AND THE ONLY TEST MDC GAVE HIM WAS A DRUG TEST? ETC., ETC., ETC., ETC. x 1,000 other medical wrongdoings that I will save for another day...

Anyhow, on this Blog it's going to be Tommy's voice; the voice of a generous, good humored, kind, compassionate, and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

I'd like to remind everyone that this is not a movie or a tv show, this is someone's life, someone's father, someone's mentor, someone's son, someone's brother, someone's husband, someone's friend. Have some respect.


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