Apparently Ms. Smythe became aware of it yesterday — on a Sunday. Since all correspondence from inmates at the Brooklyn MDC is read prior to being sealed in an envelope, and posted, we may safely assume that this one — imaged at right — is already in the hands of the Brooklyn AUSAs.
There is no way for us to know exactly when it was written, but it is clearly post-incarceration. And I am pretty sure the AUSAs have already accurately dated it — via Brooklyn MDC mail-log records.
An “exclamation point“-handled commenter asked about Marty’s expectations of privacy, as apparently some Twitter users have castigated the addressee of Marty’s letter, for making it public (assumedly without Marty’s express written consent).
However, Marty well-knows none of his correspondence is private. His lawyers likely advise him of this each time they meet with him — only in person, because good defense lawyers with high profile clients don’t trust that even “Attorney/Client” mail might not also be opened and scanned, or read. Likewise, his phone calls (all monitored).
So, any complaints about the letter being seen in public, on Twitter, strike me as… silly. Marty has essentially no rights of privacy, as a three time convicted (but not yet formally sentenced) felon, writing from inside a prison, when he comments about his case. These are party admissions, and the letter will be used by the AUSAs — at sentencing. It establishes that, even as late as five weeks in front of his sentencing date, and after more than two months in a harsh lock-up, Marty still cannot accept responsibility for his crimes.
It is always someone else’s fault, in Marty’s mind. And Ms. Smythe as much as said so. She is right. He is effectively increasing his likely sentence — with each letter.
It almost seems like Marty wants to get sentenced to ten years or more, on the inside.
[Ironically, it was exactly nine years ago this very morning, in Manhattan, that Bernie Madoff was taken into custody — on a perhaps $18 billion, multi-decade Ponzi scheme.]
Onward; and I’m off for a walk, toward the trains — to enjoy those gracefully floating, soft and large wheeling flakes, now falling here…. Updated — as seen with a smile @ 8:28 local — just 13 minutes ago… facing south and east. Potentially very big news from NASA Thursday!