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Maine State Prison Secrets

Maine State Prison Secrets

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Published by Stan Moody
I was told by the warden at Maine State Prison to keep my report of Sheldon Weinstein's death a secret for a long time.
I was told by the warden at Maine State Prison to keep my report of Sheldon Weinstein's death a secret for a long time.

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Published by: Stan Moody on Mar 26, 2010
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Stan Moody
POB 240Manchester, ME 04351207/626-0594www.stanmoody.com 
Maine’s Prison Secrets 
March 25, 2010 Having worked in industry, started and operated my ownbusinesses, been a pastor, a state legislator and a prison chaplain andlived from Maine to California, there isn’t much that surprises meanymore. I have to say, however, that I was taken aback when Ireceived a call from a Deputy Warden at Maine State Prison at 9:30 amon Monday, April 27, 2009.“Stan, the warden wishes to express his appreciation for yourreport on your conversation with Sheldon Weinstein last Friday.”Weinstein died of a ruptured spleen on Friday, April 24, in cellB117 of Maine State Prison’s Special Management Unit within an houror so of my request that he be given toilet paper. He had been usinghis pillow case, but he had no pillow anyway. That was all in myreport.“We are launching an investigation and are asking that you keepyour report secret until the investigation is complete.” Then, topunctuate the intrigue, she reiterated as a warning shot across my bowthe point of her call, “Stan, we have to keep this secret for a
.” To establish a record of the conversation, I confirmed it withmutual emails minutes later.What is it that we have to keep secret? By that time, Weinstein’sdeath was a matter of public record. I had had a robust conversationwith Sheldon before requesting the toilet paper for him. That he coulddie of “natural causes” within an hour or two of our conversation waspuzzling. That he was found sitting on his bed with his feet on hiswheelchair, the exact opposite of his attitude when we talked, waseven more puzzling.What’s the secret here? Was it lack of toilet paper or theimplication of foul play or the implication of medical and securityneglect? Why would prison administration make a point of sending mea clear message that I was to keep quiet about this for “a long time”?Here is it, 11 months later, and all we have heard from thisinvestigation is that in mid June it was officially ruled by the MaineState Police as a homicide. The Attorney General’s Office remains

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