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Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:17 am


Parole eligibility may get a second look

Posted: Oct 29, 2012 6:42 PM CDT
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 11:25 PM CDT

By Jeff Stebbins
KFDA - Amarillo, TX


Amarillo, TX -- Texas inmates serving time for crimes against children could spend even more time behind bars if legislators choose to enact some proposed reforms.

Under current policy, many inmates, including those convicted of crimes against children, are automatically eligible for parole every year, but some say those inmates should have no such privilege.

"Emma's Law" would be named after Emma Thompson, a 4 year-old Houston girl who was raped and beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend in 2009.

Lucas Coe was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Her mother, however, received a sentence of twenty years for child endangerment by omission, but after just two years, she was eligible for parole, and will be every year through the duration of her sentence.


Read more and view video:

http://www.newschannel10.com/story/19947733/parole-eligibility-may-get-a-second-look



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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:28 am


New Parole Rules Sought in Cases Involving Children

By: Maurice Chammah, The Texas Tribune

MyHighPlains.com - Amarillo, TX
Updated: October 29, 2012






When Laurie Thompson read a letter about the parole eligibility of the woman in prison for the death of Thompson's granddaughter, she thought the review date -- two years into a 20-year sentence -- was a typo. "We had been reassured that the perpetrators of this crime would have no hope of being released in the near future," Thompson said.

In 2009, Thompson's granddaughter, 4-year-old Emma Thompson, was beaten to death after being sexually assaulted by her mother's boyfriend, Lucas Coe. A jury convicted Emma's mother, Abigail Young, of "reckless endangerment of child by omission," and sentenced her to 20 years. Young became eligible for parole after two years and will be automatically reviewed again every year that she is in prison.

"We really have no relief," Thompson said. "We have to revisit the details of the crime every time. It seems like we've been given a 20-year sentence."

As a result of Young's parole eligibility, Thompson and other victims' advocates are pursuing legislation that would end automatic yearly parole reviews in cases where the victim is a child.


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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:49 am



Just want it noted on Emma's thread here that I posted Links to the article/video by KFDA in Amarillo and the Link to the story that MyHighPlains.com - Amarillo featured from The Texas Tribune on the following Facebook pages:

Justice For Emma Thompson
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Emma-Thompson/203731323059815#!/pages/Justice-For-Emma-Thompson/203731323059815

Emma ForJustice
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Emma-Thompson/203731323059815#!/emma.forjustice

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Freckles on Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:58 pm

Heard CA is considering limiting time for appeals and wanting more time before parole is considered for crimes against children. Don't have a link.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:50 pm


Emma's Law: Bill named after murdered toddler would change parole law on felonies against children

by Kevin Quinn
KTRK - Houston, TX

January 14, 2013



HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A bill named after a four-year-old murdered in 2009 is in the works.

Representative Debbie Riddle's office says the bill is a direct response to what happened following little Emma Thompson's death.

Emma was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend, Lucas Coe. Authorities found over 80 bruises on the girl's body along with a fractured skull.

Both Coe and Emma's mother -- Abigail Young -- were convicted. Coe was sentenced to life in prison.


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http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8954397


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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:23 pm

From Ann's article:

The Texas Civil Rights Project argues that such legislation would equate to a backdoor attempt to keep people in prison.

Ann, thanks for keeping us updated on little Emma. This is just outrageous, the Texas Civil Rights Project can call it anything they want, I have no sympathy for these scumbags, especially those that make a CHOICE to harm/murder children, imo, they aren't entitled to any special treatment. The criminals in this case are both real POS's, I can't stand to think that one day mama is going to get out.

I am so saddened for Emma's grandmother/family to have to continue this fight, it is unfair and continues to keep them in pain. I am so glad Ms. Riddle is representing Emma/grandmother/family, hopefully this passes.

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Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:59 am


Art, you are welcome.

As you probably know, Laurie Thompson is Emma's paternal grandmother. She is the Thompson family spokesperson.

I hope this bill becomes law. I commend Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle for sponsoring this bill and a special thanks to Laurie for her efforts and hard work. I know she must be very pleased that TSR Riddle is sponsoring this bill. I hope Emma's Law will become a reality during this 2013 session.

The Texas Legislature is currently in session.
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Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:09 am


Bill Named After Murdered Toddler Would Change Parole Law

Reporter: Kevin Quinn, KTRK
Houston, Tx

Posted: Mon 8:22 PM, Jan 14, 2013
KBTX - Bryan, TX






A bill named after a four-year-old murdered in 2009 is in the works.

Representative Debbie Riddle's office says the bill is a direct response to what happened following little Emma Thompson's death.

Emma was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend, Lucas Coe. Authorities found over 80 bruises on the girl's body along with a fractured skull.

Both Coe and Emma's mother -- Abigail Young -- were convicted. Coe was sentenced to life in prison.

Young, a former Brenham nurse, is currently serving 20 years for her involvement. She has already been denied parole once, and her case is now up for review annually.

Emma's grandmother, Laurie Thompson, says because of state law they have to relive her murder every year when Young comes up for parole. She and a Houston official want to change that.


Read more:

http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Emmas-Law-Bill-named-after-murdered-toddler-would-change-parole-law-on-felonies-against-children-186884622.html#
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Texas Residents - Contact your legislator(s) re "Emma's Law"

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:08 am


I urge all Texas residents to contact your legislator(s) and ask he or she to support
Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle's bill re "Emma's Law".

If you do not know who represents you in your District, you can find out at this Link and
also how to send an e-mail to the appropriate person(s).

Questions 1 and 2 will give you instructions! Very easy!

Texas Legislature Online:
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Resources/FAQ.aspx#2


Texas residents, thank you for taking the time to contact your District representative(s).

Please remember that precious Emma Thompson (barely 4 years-old) died a brutal, horrific death. Her mother, Abigail Young, became eligible for parole review, after serving only 19 months of a 20 year sentence. Young's parole was denied in August, 2012.

However, as per current Texas law, Abigail Young will be up for parole review every year. It would be nice for the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles to have Emma's Law for a possible 5 year off-set versus every year.
This law would apply to convicted felons with felony convictions involving children.

Please contact your State Representative . . . do this for precious Emma Thompson.

"Emma's Law" would help serve justice for many children who have been abused or murdered in Texas. Those convicted of felony crimes involving children should serve their sentence and not be eligible for parole every year. Children are the innocent victims!

Precious Emma Thompson . . . gone . . . . . but not forgotten! afro


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Photos courtesy: Amanda Young Mathews (Emma's maternal aunt)



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State of Texas - House Bill 431 - Tx State Representative Debbie Riddle

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:22 am


This is a direct Link to House Bill (HB) 431
It is the full text of the 'Introduced Version' of hopefully "Emma's Law":


http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/HB00431I.htm
State of Texas Legis. - HB 431 - Introduced Version - Bill Text --
Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle


83R2275 KCR-D

By: Riddle H.B. No. 431


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to the eligibility of certain inmates convicted of injury
to a child for release to mandatory supervision.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 508.149(a), Government Code, as amended
by Chapters 1 (S.B. 24) and 122 (H.B. 3000), Acts of the 82nd
Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, is reenacted and amended to
read as follows:
(a) An inmate may not be released to mandatory supervision
if the inmate is serving a sentence for or has been previously
convicted of:
(1) an offense for which the judgment contains an
affirmative finding under Section 3g(a)(2), Article 42.12, Code of
Criminal Procedure;
(2) a first degree felony or a second degree felony
under Section 19.02, Penal Code;
(3) a capital felony under Section 19.03, Penal Code;
(4) a first degree felony or a second degree felony
under Section 20.04, Penal Code;
(5) an offense under Section 21.11, Penal Code;
(6) a felony under Section 22.011, Penal Code;
(7) a first degree felony or a second degree felony
under Section 22.02, Penal Code;
(8) a first degree felony under Section 22.021, Penal
Code;
(9) a first degree felony under Section 22.04, Penal
Code;
(9-a) a second degree felony or a third degree felony
under Section 22.04, Penal Code, if the victim of the offense is a
child;
(10) a first degree felony under Section 28.02, Penal
Code;
(11) a second degree felony under Section 29.02, Penal
Code;
(12) a first degree felony under Section 29.03, Penal
Code;
(13) a first degree felony under Section 30.02, Penal
Code;
(14) a felony for which the punishment is increased
under Section 481.134 or Section 481.140, Health and Safety Code;
(15) an offense under Section 43.25, Penal Code;
(16) an offense under Section 21.02, Penal Code;
(17) a first degree felony under Section 15.03, Penal
Code;
(18) an offense under Section 43.05, Penal Code; [or]
(19) an offense under Section 20A.02, Penal Code; or
(20) [(18)] an offense under Section 20A.03, Penal
Code.
SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only
to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
before that date.
SECTION 3. To the extent of any conflict, this Act prevails
over another Act of the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013,
relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted
codes.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.


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KWHI - Brenham, TX - Coverage of "Emma's Law" story

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:26 am


KWHI - AM Radio - Brenham, TX covered the "Emma's Law" story on their 7:30 a.m. News.

Wow! A lengthy report. Excellent coverage.

They will have it on the top of each hour today and at 12 Noon and 5 p.m. News.
It will also be on KTEX - FM - Bryan/College Station, Tx.

If you would like to listen to it on KWHI, please click on 'Listen Live' in the upper left corner at 12 noon or 5 p.m. today, January 15, 2013

http://www.kwhi.com/TOC1.htm
KWHI Brenham, Tx

When you click on the above Link, it will take you to this pop out:

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v4/index.cfm?stationCallSign=KWHI&p61707935=true
KWHI - Pop out for Listening "Live"

There is a brief article posted to their website but I will post it in a separate comment box. The article is not as detailed as the "live" news was this morning.

For your info, Brenham, Tx is Abigail Young's hometown.



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KWHI - Brenham, TX - Article: "Emma Thompson Bill"

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:35 am




EMMA THOMPSON BILL

(JANUARY 15TH, 2013) FSW

KWHI - AM Radio -- Brenham, Tx




Emma Thompson died in 2009.


Emma Thompson, the 4-year old daughter of a former Brenham nurse, died horribly three years ago, now, a new law named for her is before the legislature that will keep who people commit violence against children from ever committing that crime again.

State Rep. Debbie Riddle is proposing the ‘Emma Thompson Law’ before this session of the state Legislature.

She says it is in direct response to Emma’s death in the spring of 2009. Emma had been beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend, Lucas Coe. Authorities found over 80 bruises on the girl’s body along with a fractured skull.

Both Coe and her mother, Abigail Young of Brenham, were convicted. Coe for the rest of his life, Young for 20 years.

Riddle’s office says that the bill is in direct response to what happened following Emma’s death.

Young was found guilty of reckless endangerment to a child. That’s a third degree felony. Only first degree felonies are on a list of offenses from which the Texas Parole Board is given latitude to set off parole hearing dates for up to five years.

Riddle’s bill, with the support of Emma’s grandmother, Laurie Thompson will change the law. Emma’s law would make any felony against a child, first, second or third degree eligible for the five year offset.

The Texas Civil Rights Project argues that such legislation would equate to a backdoor attempt to keep people in prison.


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Source:

http://www.kwhi.com/news1.htm#EMMA THOMPSON BILL
KWHI - Brenham, Tx 1-15-13



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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Freckles on Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:40 pm

I wonder the judge and jury sleep well after the terrible injustice they did to this little one.

God holds this sweet little one close and protects her as her guardians on earth chose not to.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:58 pm


Bill would change parole law on crimes against children

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:18 am
The Banner Press - Brenham, Tx


A Texas House member is pushing a bill that would allow the state parole board to delay considering some cases involving crimes against children.

Rep. Debbie Riddle’s office said the bill she plans to introduce is in response to the aftermath of 4-year-old Emma Thompson’s murder in 2009. Riddle represents District 150 in Houston.

Thompson died from injuries which authorities said she received in a beating by Lucas Coe, who was later sentenced to life in prison.

Thompson’s mother, Abigail Young, was sentenced to 20 years after being convicted of reckless injury to a child, a third-degree felony. Coe was Young’s former boyfriend.


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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:47 am

Freckles wrote:I wonder the judge and jury sleep well after the terrible injustice they did to this little one.

God holds this sweet little one close and protects her as her guardians on earth chose not to.
Hi, Freckles!

The Judge and jury did not do a terrible injustice to Emma Thompson.

The Judge who presided in the trial of Abigail Young and later Lucas Coe's trial did an excellent job in his rulings. Young and Coe both appealed their convictions to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston (Harris County), Texas. Both cases were Affirmed!

I attended the entire trial of Lucas Coe including the Punishment Phase of the trial. The Judge was awesome; major league sharp! He is a seasoned judge and I was so thankful that he presided over the trials of Young and Coe. It was a privilege to see a Judge of that caliber preside in a trial of a case that I followed as it unfolded.

The jury found Abigail Young guilty of the lesser charge. The lesser charge allowed for punishment from probation to 20 years maximum in prison. The jury recommended 20 years be served and the Judge sentenced Young to 20 years maximum and a $10,000 fine. Young's attorneys asked for probation! Now if the jury had awarded probation that would have been a huge injustice for Emma Thompson.

Unfortunately, Texas law allows for someone convicted of a third degree felony, involving a child, to be able to become eligible for parole every year after the first parole review.

Many were under the impression that Young would have to serve 5 years of her 20 year sentence before becoming eligible for parole review. The Houston media even reported Young would have to serve a minimum of 5 years before parole review eligibility.

After serving only 19 months of a 20 year sentence, Young became eligible for parole review. In August, 2012, the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles denied her parole. She will be up for parole review again this year and every year until she is either paroled or serves her 20 years.

I, like many, was very disappointed that the jury did not find Young guilty of the first degree felony charge.
Had she been found guilty of that charge, the sentence was 20 years to life.

Of course, Lucas Coe was found guilty as charged and will serve life in prison. He will not ever be eligible for parole.

Thankfully, Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle has authored and filed House Bill (HB) 431 in the 2013 Texas Legislative Session currently in session.

Hopefully, it will become law and if it does it will be named " Emma's Law" because of Emma Thompson.

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Texas House Bill 431 - "Emma's Law"

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:07 pm



The following has been posted by Laurie Thompson, Emma's paternal grandmother, on Justice For Emma Thompson facebook:

1/16/13 Laurie Thompson: Unfortunately, as written, the bill will become effective on September 1, 2013 and will not impact the parole consideration for Abigail Young. She will continue to be eligible for parole each and every year of her sentence. We are looking to see if this can be addressed before passage of the bill. I will keep you posted.

Source:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Emma-Thompson/203731323059815
Facebook: Justice For Emma Thompson
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State of Texas - HB 431 read and referred to the Corrections Committee

Post by Ann - Tx on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:45 pm


On Monday, 2-11-13, HB 431 was read for the first time and referred to the Corrections Committee.

You may recall HB 431 was filed by Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle on 1-10-13.

http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/83r/pdf/83RDAY14FINAL.PDF#page=17
State of Texas - House Journal - Page 307 -- 83rd Legislature, Regular Session

HB 431 (By Riddle), Relating to the eligibility of certain inmates convicted of injury to a child for release to mandatory supervision.

To Corrections.
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UPDATE: State of Texas HB 431 and Public Meeting Notification

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:50 pm


Update and other info regarding HB 431.

There will be a public hearing regarding HB 431. The Texas House Committee on Corrections will discuss three House Bills and HB 431 is one of the three. The meeting is scheduled for 2/27/13 at 2:00 p.m. CST in Austin, TX at the Capitol in Room E2.010.

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/schedules/html/C2002013022714001.htm
State of Texas - 83rd Legislature, Regular Session --
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING -- Corrections Committee

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The following are the members of Texas House Committee on Corrections who are currently reviewing HB 431.

House Committee on Corrections (C200)

Legislature: 83(R) - 2013
Appointment Date: 1/8/2013

Clerk: Lesley French
Phone: (512) 463-0796
Room: EXT E2.110

Position / Member

Chair: Rep. Tan Parker
Vice Chair: Rep. James White

Members:
Rep. Alma Allen
Rep. Debbie Riddle
Rep. Toni Rose
Rep. J. D. Sheffield
Rep. Steve Toth
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This link has a picture of each Corrections Committee member and indicates the jurisdiction of the Corrections Committee.


http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=200&session=83
Texas House of Representatives - Corrections Committee
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You can view the schedule of the Corrections Committee here. I called and spoke to a clerk with the Corrections Committee this afternoon.

There will be 3 HB discussed on 2/27/13. HB 431 is one of the three. It is a public meeting and one can attend. Also, one can speak to the Committee during the proceedings re HB 431. Prior registration is required if you plan to speak.

Committee Schedules

Corrections

February 27 , 2013 @ 2:00 P.M. or upon final adjourn./recess in room E2.010

http://www.house.state.tx.us/schedules/committee-schedules/advanced-search/?startDate=today&endDate=week&chamber=&committeeCode=C200
Texas House of Representatives - Schedules - Corrections Committee
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For your info, when I spoke to the Corrections Committee Clerk, he said that the State of Texas House of Representatives streams
eight (8) meetings "live" on line. As the meeting time draws near, one can click on under Video on the Homepage of State of Texas Legislature on-line.

Only 8 meetings can be streamed per current system capability. There is a high probability that the Corrections Committee Public Meeting on 2/27/13 will be streamed "live." In the event it is not, one will be able to review in Archives.

This is the Link to the Video/Audio of Live Streams:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/
State of Texas - House of Representatives - Video/Audio


This is the Link to Broadcast/Archives for the Corrections Committee:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcasts/committee-archives/?committee=200&session=83
State of Texas - House of Representatives -- Committee Broadcast Archives 83rd Session - Corrections
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Source:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
State of Texas Legislature - Home
83rd Legislature Regular Session
Texas Legislature Online
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Bumping!

Note info (see above) about Public Meeting re HB 431 in Austin, TX on 2/27/13.
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KBTX (CBS) - Bryan, TX - News coverage re Public Meeting in Austin, TX on 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:27 pm


Bill Named After Murdered 4-Year-Old To Be Discussed In Austin

Posted: Mon 5:06 PM, Feb 25, 2013

Reporter: Sylvia Villarreal
KBTX - Bryan, TX






A bill named after four-year-old Emma Thompson who was murdered in 2009 after being beaten by Lucas Coe, her mother's boyfriend, will be discussed in Austin on Wednesday at a public meeting.


Read more:

http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Bill-Named-After-Murdered-4-Year-Old-To-Be-Discussed-In-Austin-193138501.html

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The Banner Press - Brenham,TX : News coverage of Public Meeting in Austin, TX -- 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:28 pm


An article regarding HB 431, the Public Meeting in Austin, TX at the Capitol on 2/27/13 and background information regarding Emma Thompson's murder is on the front page of The Banner Press - Brenham, TX in today's edition (2/26/13).

As stated before, Brenham, TX is the hometown of Abigail Young, the mother of precious Emma Thompson who was murdered by Young's boyfriend, Lucas Coe, in June, 2009.
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‘Emma’s Law’ to be discussed

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:45 am

The Banner Press - Brenham, TX


A public hearing will be held Wednesday by a House committee on a bill that would allow the state parole board to delay considering parole cases involving crimes against children.

Called “Emma’s Law” after 4-year-old Emma Thompson, who was murdered in 2009, the House’s Corrections Committee will hold the hearing tentatively scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the capitol
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Subscription required to read entire article:

http://www.brenhambanner.com/news/emma-s-law-to-be-discussed/article_55158f06-803c-11e2-99bb-0019bb2963f4.html



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HB 431 - Special thanks to media regarding Public Meeting on 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:37 pm


Special thanks to The Banner Press - Brenham, TX and KBTX (CBS) - Bryan, TX for the coverage of info about this very important Public Meeting on 2/27/13 regarding HB431.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:39 pm


Rachel Pittman who was sentenced in January, 2013 regarding the murders of Amanda Doss and her two children, is currently located at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Christina Melton Crain Unit in Gatesville, TX.

It is the same unit where Abigail Young, Emma Thompson's mother, is serving her sentence. Wow! I wonder if Pittman and Young will meet one another. Scary stuff!

http://www.realitychatter.com/t3492-amanda-doss-guinevere-doss-texas-johnson-deceased-5-11-11
Reality Chatter - Amanda Doss, Guinevere Doss, Texas Johnson -- Deceased 5/11/11
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You can see a comment at the Link below for TDCJ info about Rachel Pittman and verification of her being at The Christina Melton Crain Unit.

http://www.realitychatter.com/t3492p50-amanda-doss-guinevere-doss-texas-johnson-deceased-5-11-11#192578
Reality Chatter - Amanda Doss, Guinevere Doss, Texas Johnson -- Deceased 5/11/11

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:56 pm


Per the Texas House of Representatives - Weekly Broadcast Schedule, the Public Meeting of the Committee of Corrections will be streamed "live" on Wednesday, 2/27/13, at 2 p.m. CST.

HB 431 (Emma's Law) will be one of three House Bills discussed.

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/broadcast-schedule/
State of Texas House of Representatives - Broadcast Schedule

Snipped:

Wednesday 2013-02-27

2:00 p.m. — Committee on Corrections
Internet on Livestream 4 House TV on Channel 38 In Room E2.010 or Upon Adjournment

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Around 2 p.m. on 2/27/13, you should be able to click on at this Link:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/
State of Texas House of Representatives - Live Broadcasts
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KWHI - Brenham, TX -- Emma Thompson Bill Discussions - 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:47 am


The following was on the local radio (Brenham, TX) News this morning at 7:35 a.m. It will be on the Noon News, 5 p.m. News and at the top of each hour today!

Once again, Brenham, TX is the hometown of Abigail Young.
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EMMA THOMPSON BILL DISCUSSIONS

(FEBRUARY 27TH, 2013) EP

KWHI - Brenham, TX

The Emma Thompson Law is up for discussion in a Texas House Committee today.

State lawmakers are scheduled to discuss a bill (Wednesday) named after a young girl who died at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend.

House Bill 431, known as Emma’s Law, is named after four-year-old Emma Thompson who was murdered in 2009 after being beaten by Lucas Coe, her mother's boyfriend.

Emma's mother, Abigail Young, a former Brenham nurse is considered for parole on an annual basis but if passed, Emma's Law would make the annual review a thing of the past.

Under the new guidelines, Emma's Law would make any felon convicted of a felony against a child eligible for parole every five years instead of once every year.

House Bill 431 is going before the Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee in a public hearing will be starting at 2 p.m.


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http://www.kwhi.com/news1.htm#EMMA THOMPSON BILL DISCUSSIONS


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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by indypeg59 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:05 am

I remember reading about sweet little Emma on another site,Ann-Tx. I am so happy to read there will be a bill to keep these monsters from getting annual reviews. Sure hope it passes!!!

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:06 pm


Hi, indy!

Thank you for posting on Emma's thread.

I hope HB 431 passes too. It is a long process but I'm in for the long haul and am monitoring HB 431 very closely.

Please see my comment below which I posted on Emma's thread at Websleuths.

There are many WS members, like RC members, who are very strong supporters of justice for precious Emma Thompson!

Tricia at WS has made info about the Corrections Committee Hearing and other info the Banner for today on the Websleuths website. Awesome!



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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:17 pm


I posted the following on Emma's thread at Websleuths this morning: Today, 10:58 AM - Comment #38 by Ann-Tx.


Special thanks to Tricia!
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Wow, Tricia!

Thank you so very much for the banner regarding the State of Texas House of Representatives - Corrections Committee Public Meeting in Austin, Texas today at the Capitol.

Also, for the additional info/Links.

Justice for Emma Thompson continues to prevail.

Per the Clerk for the Corrections Committee in Austin, TX, the next step after today (if HB 431 is approved) will be that HB 431 will go to the Calendar Committee for a reading.

Then it will be scheduled for a reading on the "floor" of the Texas House of Representatives. All members will vote and make amendments if they so choose.

Then if passed by the Texas House of Representatives, it will go to the Texas Senate for readings, vote, etc.

If there are amendments (Senate), it will go back to the House of Representatives.

It is a long process but I, like many, are in for the long haul and am monitoring this bill closely!

I do hope HB 431 becomes "Emma's Law" in honor of precious Emma Thompson!
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Source: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=186448&page=2&highlight=abigail+young

For your info, Tricia has the following info as the Banner on Websleuths today. Way to go Tricia! Special thanks to Tricia:


EMMA'S LAW WILL BE DISCUSSED TODAY IN THE TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

WE NEED TO KEEP ABIGAIL YOUNG BEHIND BARS. SHE STOOD BY AND WATCHED HER BOYFRIEND ABUSE HER AND KILL HER DAUGHTER EMMA.

CLICK THIS LINK AT 2PM CENTRAL TIME TO WATCH THE TEXAS HOUSE DISCUSS EMMA'S LAW

READ ABOUT EMMA'S MURDER AT THIS LINK. HELP KEEP HER KILLER FROM GETTING PAROLED

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This is the Home page of Websleuth's:

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by indypeg59 on Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:51 pm

Thank you, Ann!! I'll be sure to check out the websleuths site.

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:15 pm


Indy, you are welcome.

It is amazing how many continue to support justice for precious Emma Thompson!

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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:20 pm


I downloaded a free ap of RealPlayer (from the Texas House of Representatives - Video site) to watch the Corrections Committee meeting.

The audio and video are excellent.

HB 144 is currently being discussed. Hopefully, HB 431 will be next. HB 431 is listed after HB 144 on the schedule.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by justanopinion on Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:42 pm

hoping Emma's law gets so much support that they have no choice but pass it!! Thank you for keeping us update Ann-Tx
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:08 pm


Per Rep. Riddle, Laurie Thompson (Emma's paternal grandmother)
will be among folks testifying today!

Rep. Riddle talking about the death of Emma and that Emma lived in her District and about 5 minutes from her.

Rep. Riddle certainly did her "homework" re the facts of the Emma Thompson case as to why Lucas Coe was tried under Jessica's Law vs. murder.

Laurie Thompson now speaking!
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:18 pm


Laurie Thompson, as expected, did an awesome job of testifying in front of the Corrections Committee.

Rep. Parker, the Chairman of the Corrections Committee, told Mrs. Thompson that they will move the bill forward!

That is HB 431! Yes!
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:19 pm

Laurie Thompson, you are awesome! Your testimony was exceptional!

For you, Laurie:
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:20 pm

justanopinion wrote:hoping Emma's law gets so much support that they have no choice but pass it!! Thank you for keeping us update Ann-Tx
You are welcome! Per Rep. Parker, the Chairman of the Corrections Committee, the bill will be moved forward!
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:54 pm


HB 431 is left in Pending status with the Corrections Committee for further discussion. It will be moving forward!

I am so happy this bill has such wonderful support. Without a doubt, I think Emma's Law will become a reality during this Legislative 2013 Session!

One State Rep on the committee asked Rep. Riddle why the bill could not be made a 5 year (parole review) mandatory for the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles when considering parole for felons who have committed felonies against children.

He asked Rep. Riddle if she thought it would not pass as a mandatory. Rep. Riddle said she did not think so.

Then he said maybe it should be made 10 years before felons (crimes against children) become eligible for parole review.

The committee will be considering various things and may make the HB 431 stronger before it moves forward.

This was an awesome public meeting and Rep. Riddle, Laurie Thompson, Andy Kahan (Victims' Rights Advocate for the City of Houston, TX), a Harris County District Attorney, etc. did a great job of testifying.
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Archives: View TX House of Reps. Corrections Committe Public Meeting - 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:33 pm


For those who may have missed the Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee's Public Meeting today, you can view the entire meeting in Archives:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcasts/committee-archives/player/?session=83&committee=200&ram=13022714200
Video: State of Texas - House of Representatives - 2013 Legislative Session -- Corrections Committee Meeting 2/27/13

Committee on Corrections

Meeting: 02/27/13

2:00p.m. - 3:44p.m. (approximate time)
or Upon Adjournment
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Corrections Committee Members:

Parker, Tan–Chair
White, James–Vice Chair
Allen, Alma A.
Riddle, Debbie
Rose, Toni
Sheffield, J. D.
Toth, Steve

Clerk:

Lesley French

Address:

EXT E2.110

Phone:

(512)463-0796


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HB 431 (Emma's Law) - Corrections Committee Public Meeting held 2/27/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:36 am


In case you have limited time but would like to view the Corrections Committee Public Meeting presentation, testimony and discussion of HB 431 (Emma's Law) which was held on Wednesday, 2/27/13, I have noted the video time as to where various speakers can be seen/heard.

If you were unable to watch the "Live" stream of the meeting, you can view it in the Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee - Archives.

http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcasts/committee-archives/player/?session=83&committee=200&ram=13022714200
Texas House of Reps - Video - Archives

Committee on Corrections

Meeting:

02/27/13

2:00p.m. - 3:44p.m

For your info, the presentation of HB 431 (Emma's Law) by Rep. Debbie Riddle starts at the 55:11 (55 minutes:11 seconds) mark on the Real Player Video. You can advance the video to 55:11 by moving the "icon" on the bar below the video box. There were two other bills discussed prior to HB 431.

Laurie Thompson, Emma Thompson's paternal grandmother, testified before the Committee starting at the 1:02:45 (1 Hour: 02 Minutes: 45 Seconds) mark. Wow! She did an outstanding job! She is truly an excellent and impressive speaker. Emma was very lucky to have Laurie Thompson for a grandmother.

Rep. Tan Parker (Chair) told Mrs. Thompson that the bill will move forward.

Others testified after Laurie Thompson.

At 1:30:28, Rep. Riddle closes.

At 1:35:45, Rep. Tan Parker, Chair of the Corrections Committee speaks regarding HB 431 (Emma's Law). Very impressive!

There is strong support for HB 431.

HB 431 is in Pending status in the Corrections Committee for further discussion. It is a possibility HB 431 will be made "stronger" prior to moving forward per Committee discussions during the meeting on 2/27/13.

This was an awesome experience to be able to see the meeting via "live" stream.

Personally, I think HB 431 (Emma's Law) will become a reality during the 2013 Legislative session.

I assure you, it is worth your time to listen to the presentation, testimony and discussion regarding HB 431.


~ ~ ~ Justice for precious Emma Thompson ~ ~ ~ afro


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"Like" Justice For Emma Thompson facebook page

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:14 am


If you do Facebook, please "like" the facebook page for Emma.

This is the Facebook page that LCoastMom set up for Emma in 2012 to encourage folks to write letters to the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles protesting Abigail Young's parole.

It was a huge success in 2012!

There are currently 1,650 "likes". It would be awesome to have 1,700 likes and ultimately at least 2,000 "likes."

Please ask your "Friends" to "Like" Justice For Emma Thompson facebook page. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-For-Emma-Thompson/203731323059815
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:05 am

Guest wrote:
From Ann's article:

The Texas Civil Rights Project argues that such legislation would equate to a backdoor attempt to keep people in prison.

Ann, thanks for keeping us updated on little Emma. This is just outrageous, the Texas Civil Rights Project can call it anything they want, I have no sympathy for these scumbags, especially those that make a CHOICE to harm/murder children, imo, they aren't entitled to any special treatment. The criminals in this case are both real POS's, I can't stand to think that one day mama is going to get out.

I am so saddened for Emma's grandmother/family to have to continue this fight, it is unfair and continues to keep them in pain. I am so glad Ms. Riddle is representing Emma/grandmother/family, hopefully this passes.
Hi, Guest!

My apology for not responding to your comment sooner. Apparently I got side tracked.

Regarding keeping this thread updated, you are welcome.

On Wednesday (2/27/13) after Laurie Thompson testified in front of the Corrections Committee, Rep. Parker (Chair of the Corrections Committee) told Mrs. Thompson that the Bill would move forward! Lots of support for HB 431 - Emma's Law.


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Update: Abigail Young's "parole review" 2013 status

Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:00 pm


I just spoke to a lady at Texas Department of Criminal Justice regarding Abigail Young.

I told her last year, Abigail Young's parole review date was 2/21/12 with a decision being rendered by the Texas Department of Pardons & Paroles (TDPP) the latter part of August, 2012. TDPP denied Young's parole.

Per the lady I spoke to, Abigail Young is now scheduled for parole review again on 8/16/13. She said that means Abigail Young's file will be pulled on 8/16/13 and Young will be placed on parole review status.

After I inquired further, the lady did acknowledge that there is a possibility that Abigail Young's file could be pulled sooner and she be placed on "parole review status."

Like many, I will monitor Abigail Young's status closely and the letter campaign to protest Young's parole will start promptly . . . as soon as she is placed on "parole review status - 2013."

It will take the efforts of many folks to write letters protesting Abigail Young's parole with the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles. We were successful in 2012 and I hope we will be successful in 2013. Abigail Young was sentenced to 20 years and she needs to serve all 20 years.

Abigail Young has not even served 4 years . . . the age of Emma Thompson when she was brutally raped and murdered by Lucas Coe, Abigail Young's then live-in boyfriend!

"No parole for Abigail Young!"

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HB 431 (Emma's Law) - 3/13/13 Actions

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:45 am


There was activity regarding HB 431 (Emma's Law) on Wednesday, 3/13/13. Please see below:

Bill: HB 431

Legislative Session: 83(R)
Author: Riddle

Actions: (descending date order)

Description Comment Date Time Journal Page

H Reported favorably as substituted 03/13/2013
H Committee substitute considered in committee 03/13/2013
H Considered in public hearing 03/13/2013
H Left pending in committee 02/27/2013
H Testimony taken/registration(s) recorded in committee 02/27/2013
H Committee substitute considered in committee 02/27/2013
H Considered in public hearing 02/27/2013
H Scheduled for public hearing on . . . 02/27/2013
H Referred to Corrections 02/11/2013 307
H Read first time 02/11/2013 307
H Filed 01/10/2013

Source:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB431&Sort=D#Actions
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Stages of HB 431 (Emma's Law)

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:35 am


Bill: HB 431

Legislative Session: 83(R)
Author: Riddle

Stage 1
Filed
1/10/2013

Stage 2
Out of House Committee

Stage 3
Voted on by House

Stage 4
Out of Senate Committee

Stage 5
Voted on by Senate

Stage 6
Governor Action

Stage 7
Bill Becomes Law

Legend

Indicates bill passed stage
Indicates bill has not reached stage
Indicates bill failed to complete stage

Stage 1
Bill filed by Riddle on 1/10/2013.

Stage 2
Not reached.

Stage 3
Not reached.

Stage 4
Not reached.

Stage 5
Not reached.

Stage 6
Not reached.

Stage 7
Not reached.

Source: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB431
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The above are stages of HB 431.

The Legend color codes would not print. Please click on the above Link (Source) to see the Legend colors. Thanks.
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Ann - Tx on Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:33 pm

There was activity regarding HB 431 (Emma's Law) on Wednesday, 3/20/13, and today, 3/21/13. Please see below:


Actions: (descending date order)

Description Comment Date Time Journal Page

H Committee report sent to Calendars 03/21/2013

H Committee report distributed 03/21/2013 07:59 AM

H Comte report filed with Committee Coordinator 03/20/2013

Source:

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB431
State of Texas - House of Representatives - 2013 Legislative Session -- Corrections Committee
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HB 431 (Emma's Law) is moving along nicely. It has been sent to Calendars which means it will be scheduled for debate on the House floor! All members of the House of Representatives will have the opportunity to debate this very important bill. Eventually a vote will be taken.

If it clears the House, then it will be sent to the Senate for debate and vote.

Hoping HB 431 will become law during the 2013 Legislative session in TX!
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Emma Thompson's 8th birthday - 3/29/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:39 pm


If Emma was alive, she would be 8 years old today, March 29, 2013.

As we all know, Emma was barely 4 years old when she was brutally raped and beaten to death by Lucas Coe, her mother's (Abigail Young) live-in boyfriend. Lucas Coe is serving life without parole (no possible chance of parole) in a Texas prison in south Texas.

Abigail Young, Emma's mother, was sentenced to 20 years in prison regarding Emma's death. However, because of work credits and good behavior, Young came up for parole review 19 months after being sentenced. She served less time, before parole review, than the age of Emma at the time of her death. Emma was about 51 months old.

There was a very intense letter writing campaign in 2012 which involved writing the Texas Board of Pardons & Paroles (TBPP) to protest parole and request no parole for Abigail Young. Folks from all over the world wrote letters to TBPP. It was a very successful campaign.

Efforts to encourage folks to write letters (for Emma; be Emma's voice) were done by 3 Facebook pages (one in Oklahoma; one set up by LCoastMom and one set up by Emma's maternal aunt, Amanda Young Mathews). We reached out to members and guests of Websleuths, The Hinky Meter and Reality Chatter. The response was incredible!

Also, many folks sent numerous e-mails to their contacts and requested that a letter be written to TBPP protesting Abigail Young's parole and for that person to please send the request to all of their contacts, etc.

Abigail Young was denied parole in August, 2012. Sadly, she will be eligible for parole review every year. We, along with Emma's paternal family and maternal aunt and many others will campaign again this year (2013) and encourage folks all over the world to write TBPP and request that parole be denied for Abigail Young.

Without a doubt, the thousands of letters received by TBPP, had an impact! At the appropriate time, we will gear up for another letter writing campaign and hope that many people will not forget precious Emma and write a letter to TBPP to ensure that Abigail Young is NOT granted parole in 2013! That would be the greatest injustice of all . . .

There is Texas House Bill 431 which would be called "Emma's Law" to honor Emma Thompson. It is moving along nicely. It is a very long process but it is with great hope that HB 431 will pass the Texas House of Representatives and then when it is sent to the Senate that they will pass it!

So . . . precious Emma, as you enjoy your 8th birthday in Heaven, you have not been forgotten at all here on earth. The law makers of Texas may soon pass Emma' Law in your honor. Your paternal grandmother, Laurie Thompson, as the Thompson family spokesperson, got House Rep. Debbie Riddle who lives not very far from where you were murdered and is the District Rep for the area where you lived to introduce HB 431 (Emma's Law). Laurie did an awesome job of testifying in front of the Corrections Committee re HB 431. What a wonderful, loving grandmother you have!

It is still hard to believe that your maternal grandmother, Margie Routt Young, did not testify in front of the Corrections Committee of the Texas House of Representatives to urge the passing of HB 431 (Emma's Law). But it does not surprise me.

Afterall, your maternal grandmother, Margie Routt Young, testified for the defense - her daughter and your mother, Abigail Young! So sad that your maternal grandmother failed you so many times, especially at the trial of Abigail Young. She did not seek justice for you, Emma, as evidenced by court records.

And she did not even bother to attend Lucas Coe's trial. Your paternal family were there every day of the trial as they were for Abigail Young's trial!

The above commentary is my own personal opinion . . . JMO . . . just my opinion!
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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

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Birthday wishes from Emma's maternal aunt

Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:21 am


Amanda Young Mathews, Emma Thompson's maternal aunt, posted the following on her Facebook page yesterday to honor Emma's 8th birthday.





Amanda Young Mathews
Yesterday via mobile.


Today would of been Emma's 8th Birthday! Every year that goes by
makes me really wonder what she would look like! How she would sound! What her
interests would of been! Today I will celebrate her birthday and remember the good
memories! She may be gone but never forgotten!

Emma, Aunt Am and Lillie will be sending you balloons to heaven on this special day!
I miss you baby girl but you are here with me everyday in my heart! Hope you have a
beautiful day in Heaven dancing amongst the flowers! Know that we on Earth will be
dancing along thankful that we got you for the 4 years we did! Miss and Love you
BIG MUCH! Happy Birthday! XOXO -Aunt Am


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Re: Emma Thompson -- Deceased 6/27/09 (Thread #1)

Post by Freckles on Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:54 pm

Oh, sweet child. The pain, the suffering, the terrible injustices committed upon your little body and mind by those you were supposed to trust. You gave your love so freely and shared your heart, your smiles so willingly only to be ravaged and abused.

Rest now in God's arms and let His lullabies be your eternal solace.

The world is richer for your examples has given us wisdom.

Happy Birthday, Emma!
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Emma Thompson's 8th birthday - 3/29/13

Post by Ann - Tx on Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:30 pm


Julie and Freckles, thank you for remembering Emma on her 8th birthday in Heaven.

When I posted the above "Happy Birthday" with pics I wanted to include a commentary but did not have time to type it at the time.

I have since posted it. Please see above or you can click here:

http://www.realitychatter.com/t2705p900-emma-thompson-deceased-6-27-09#200296

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