This press release was sent out to all of the local Green Bay, WI media outlets on Sat, Oct. 18th:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Fifth Annual Walk for Truth and Justice Set for Saturday, October 25
Green Bay, WI — October 18, 2014
The evening of Saturday, October 28, 1995 was a rainy one in Northeastern Wisconsin.
That night an imported jury from Racine County returned to a Brown County courtroom after deliberating for less than seven hours and delivered six guilty verdicts in what is likely the most famous murder trial in Green Bay history.
The “Monfils Six” — Dale Basten, Michael Hirn, Michael Johnson, Keith Kutska, Michael Piaskowski and Rey Moore — were found guilty, in a joint trial, of first degree intentional homicide-party to a crime; an alleged conspiracy to murder their co-worker, Tom Monfils.
Piaskowski was released in 2001 by order of Federal Judge, Myron Gordon, who stated that Piaskowski should not have been convicted on what Gordon called “inference-stacking” at the heart of the state’s case. The other five men remain incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons, continuing to this day to proclaim their complete innocence.
Piaskowski has worked doggedly on behalf of the other five men since his release. Along with a local group, the “Families and Friends of Six Innocent Men,” and others, Piaskowski will help lead the Fifth Annual Walk for Truth and Justice at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, October 25 at the Brown County Courthouse.
The group will gather for speeches by author Denis Gullickson and Justice Advocates Joan Treppa and Trudy Baltazar. It will then hold a candlelight walk around the courthouse, past the Green Bay police department and back to the courthouse.
The group remains optimistic thanks to the involvement of Fredrikson and Byron, a major Minneapolis law firm, a team of additional Wisconsin attorneys and the Minnesota and Wisconsin Innocence Projects.
In anticipation of the walk, Gullickson said, “The legal team has been working with witnesses and experts to prepare a motion showing why the men were wrongfully convicted. We expect that a motion will be filed with the court in the very near future and the reasons why the convictions were wrongful will then become clear.”
For the benefit of those affected by this injustice, please take a moment to remember the five incarcerated men and their families, that they all may be reunited in a timely manner. Nineteen years is so very long and these folks need every ounce of support that we can send their way! Thank you!
We are closer than ever before to success but lest we forget our humanity, please also be mindful that for those who have placed this unbearable burden upon these innocents, the pressure to vacate these convictions will likewise be unbearable, and the wake of the impending legal firestorm will be fraught with new cruelties. Having compassion for both sides does not dismiss the devastating injuries, but empowers us to rise above these accusers, to celebrate our integrity and to authenticate our truths.