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Survivors of abuse behind bars

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
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On August 3, 2017, Walton reported that after a call to MDOC, they stated that, "We currently have not denied her parole, but are waiting for further paperwork."

Walton said the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office has disqualified themselves in Seaman's case, as Prosecutor Jessica Cooper was a judge at the time Seaman was tried. The Genesee County Prosecutor's Office is currently in charge of the case.

"I'm not a greedy person. I know I took a life. I am just asking for some relief," Seaman said. "Commutation does not absolve you of the crime. It acknowledges that the justice system has failed, and this is the mechanism to right it.

"I'm asking for a commutation because if I had been resentenced like Judge McDonald had ordered, I would have received 10 years or less, according to the sentencing guidelines, because I was a first time offender with no priors and no assaultive behavior, and that would have made me parolable. It's commensurate with what the judge recommended."

All each woman can do is wait. Perhaps Kantzler will receive parole. Otherwise, the Women's Justice and Clemency Project pushes on, seeking clemency or commutation for the women during the remainder of Snyder's term.

Or during the term of the next governor.

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