[Nfbc-info] Letter to DA Jan Scully

Kenneth Tuck tuck.kenneth9 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 20:19:01 UTC 2009

Hello I sent Ms. Scully an email today. I hope that everyone does the same.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bryan Bashin" <bashin at calweb.com>
To: "NFBC Info at NFBNet" <nfbc-info at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 11:31 AM
Subject: [Nfbc-info] Letter to DA Jan Scully

> 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.
> Bryan
>>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 
>> 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 can.
>>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  to
>>    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 he
>>    continued east on Second Avenue, police said.
>>    The  witness  led  officers  to  the  suspect.  Joseph  Webb,  39, was
>>    arrested.
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