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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 18, May 6, 2007, Article 36

TOM NOE'S HARD TIME

Bernadette Noe is shocked, SHOCKED to learn that prison life is no
bed of roses for her husband.

According to a Toledo Blade reporter's blog, Mrs. Noe said: “I know
that many in Toledo are shocked to find out that a guy who simply
gave too much money to George Bush is sitting in solitary confinement
and [has shared] bunk beds with convicted murderers.”

"Since Noe entered the federal prison system, Bernadette has been
watchful and, often, suspicious. As the feds move Noe from one to
another facility – from Lucas County to Milan, to Oklahoma, to
Atlanta, and now to South Carolina -- she worries.

"It’s incomprehensible to her that a white-collar criminal like
her husband should have to be behind bars with “drug lords and
bank robbers.”

"“In Oklahoma, his bunkmate was in for murder. He hit someone in
the head with a shovel … [That] really threw us for a loop.”

"Given the political overtones of Noe’s criminal charges, Bernadette
wonders every now and then how, or if, any of that factors in.

"As I’ve listened to her concerns over the last few months, I have
to admit she hasn’t said too much that differs from what other
prisoners’ families say.

"More than once, I’ve gently suggested to her that what she and
Noe are simply coming to terms with is nothing more (or less) than
… prison. Hey, it’s prison. There are no official favors here, no
special considerations, no agreement that this or that inmate is
somehow entitled to anything beyond ... prison.

"For people like Tom and Bernadette Noe -- who spent most of the
last 20 years in the world of Privilege with a Capital P -- that
must be one helluva tough reality."

To read the complete article, see:
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070501/BLOGS03/70501020

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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