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A Serious Request

Dear friends,

koinonia, one of my good friends from the wacky world of TEUNC, is seeking some help and advice on behalf of one of her acquaintances, a member of the Society for Creative Anacrhonism (SCA) who was badly beaten while trying to protect others during a robbery attempt. Apparently, he is now indigent, in need of medical assistance, and about to be forced into an assisted-care living facility. In response to her posts, several of us have suggested that koinonia start a legal fund for this person. I'd really appreciate any suggestions on how to go about this, or on anything else that might be of service to this good man who is in an unfortunate situation.

More scribbles... I've been updetting yesterday's entry out the wazoo, with URLs. It started as a way to clarify some of the obscure and oblique SF references and then turned into a full-scale research project on three of the 20th century's science fiction greats: Asimov and Roddenberry (though his writing success was due in part to several others). We also obliquely referenced the works of Edward E. Smith and James Blish, not to mention more recent SF films (such as Short Circuit).



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Jun. 6th, 2003 03:13 am (UTC)
Is it even legal for them to have seized his keys thus?
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
Good question
I don't know.
Based upon his condition, it would seem to me that it probably shouldn't be legal, but I am not a lawyer.

Thanks for posing the question, though.
We'll find out, in any case.

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Jun. 6th, 2003 07:52 pm (UTC)
meep. :( I wish I could give relevant some help and advice. Sadly I can't but, as Andrew says, it does sound like the authorities themselves are behaving illegally. If they're *not* behaving illegally then US law is even more of an ass than I thought it was.
You are very probably correct, and much as I am resisting cynicism, I think it is quite possible that U.S. law is more of an ass than one can easily imagine in this case.

If a legal fund is set up then let me know and I'll donate to it if I can and at least publicise it on my journal if I can't.
Thanks so much, Elly!
I really appreciate it.

(no subject) - immortalvisions - Jun. 6th, 2003 09:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 6th, 2003 07:56 pm (UTC)
Good idea
That's an excellent suggestion, Melissa.

I should have thought of it myself, as PayPal was co-founded by a bunch of Illinois alumni (several of whom were my students and classmates there, as it happens). The current head of data mining there is a friend of mine who worked for me when I was a grad student - I'll check with him about PayPal's nonprofit/charity policies and facilities.

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