[Nfbc-info] Letter to DA Jan Scully

Inthecar2 at aol.com Inthecar2 at aol.com
Mon Aug 31 20:02:43 UTC 2009

Great letter, Bryan.  I also sent Jan Scully an e-mail; however, mine  was 
not quite as 'polite' as yours.
In a message dated 8/31/2009 11:46:21 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
bashin at calweb.com writes:

Dear  Federationists,

I sent this morning the following letter to Sacramento  District 
Attorney Jan Scully.  Feel free to use any of the  information in your 
own letter.


>Date: Mon, 31  Aug 2009 11:08:18 -0700
>To: daoffice at sacda.org
>From: Bryan  Bashin <bashin at calweb.com>
>Subject: Request for special  enhancements for Joseph Webb in attack on
>   blind  Sacramentan
>Cc: bashin at mail.calweb.com
>Sacramento County  District Attorney Jan Scully
>| 901 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  |
>916.874.6218 |
>Fax 916.874.5340
>Dear  Ms. Scully,
>I'm writing to you today to request that your  office note the 
>special circumstances involved in the recent brutal  attack on a 
>blind woman  and invoke special enhancements  provisions because the 
>victim is a person with a  disability.
>As former director of the Sacramento Society for  the Blind I first 
>hired the victim, diane Starin, to teach blind  Sacramentans the 
>skills of independence.  Part of those skills  involve the confidence 
>to travel in our community freely and  independently.  Diane was 
>exercising those skills last Friday  when she left work and walked to 
>a bus stop to return to her  home.  She is a role model for our 
>community and has been  featured in a number of film documentaries 
>and media stories for her  skills, including riding and training horses.
>Ms. Scully, I do  not want the Sacramento blind community to live in 
>fear of brutal  attacks in broad daylight while waiting for public 
>transit.  I do  not want this attack to undo the professional work of 
>Ms. Starin in  teaching blind Sacramentans that it is possible to 
>live life with  confidence and safety in our community.  I do not 
>want thousands  of blind Sacramentans to believe that our legal 
>system will continue  to allow violent predators such as Joseph Webb 
>to continue a lifetime  of revolving doors in and out of jail.  I 
>want blind Sacramentans  to rest assured that this time the system 
>won't let Mr. Webb out  without the full punishment and special 
>enhancements due to a person  who attacks a Californian with a disability.
> From her hospital  bed Diane Starin told me yesterday that it would 
> have been impossible  for her attacker to not know she was 
> blind.  She carries a very  long white cane which she had extended 
> in the air so she would be  sure that the bus driver would see her 
> waiting on the bench and know  she was blind.  Joseph Webb's 
> attempted murder and robbery,  then,   was clearly also an attack on 
> a blind woman, one of  the most heinous crimes imaginable in our society.
>Ms. Scully,  the Sacramento blind community understands the legal 
>process and we  appreciate your longtime no-nonsense approach to 
>fighting crime in our  community.  We would be eager to meet with you 
>and further  express our concern that the prosecution of Joseph Webb 
>be a top  priority for the Sacramento County District Attorney.  Just 
>let  us know where and when and we'll be happy to assist you in any way we 
>For your convenience, a copy of an article that ran in  Saturday's 
>Sacramento Bee is attached, below.  Feel free to email  me here or 
>telephone me directly at (916)  441-4096.
>Bryan  Bashin
>August 29, 2009
>     Suspect arrested in assault on blind woman at bus stop
>   Bee Staff
>    A blind woman waiting for a bus  was beaten and her purse stolen, but a
>     suspect   was   arrested  shortly  after   the  assault,  according  
>    Sacramento  police.
>    The  victim  was  knocked  unconscious in the attack at about 5:10 p.m.
>    Friday in  the 2500 block of Franklin Boulevard, police said.
>   The  50-year-old  blind victim was sitting at the bus stop  waiting for
>    the  bus  when a suspect came up  from behind her and struck her in the
>    head with a large  log, police said.
>    A  passer-by   witnessed  the  attack  and  followed  the suspect as  
>    continued east on Second Avenue, police  said.
>    The  witness  led   officers  to  the  suspect.  Joseph  Webb,  39,  
>     arrested.

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