These are sad yet changing times. In the enclosed letter Ramsey describes tremendous pain and suffering. He recalls horrible situations during
which he withstood tremendous pain yet because he was never given proper medical care at Leavenworth. This nightmare lasted 12 years.
As for current events taking place throughout the country, we stand by our Mexicano brothers and sisters and denounce all discriminatory practices that exclude the participation of the many who struggle for
for survival and inclusion.–Irma Muniz
Medical Treatment Denied for 12 Years
by Ramsey Muniz
“All my worldly possessions can fit into a small box.
Yet I have too much.
All my worldly savings can be spent in one second,
Yet I desire to own nothing.
All my nights are filled with dreams of love,
Yet I sleep along.”
First of all, please forgive me for the pain, suffering, and sacrifice that you have encountered on this day. This is the suffering and pain that I have endured for the last twelve years and finally I say no more! The injustices and treatment against me as a human being are beyond words and the world on
the outside will not believe it, because I have taken this for the last twelve years. Even as I pray to the Creator the response to my prayers is that I must share my pain, suffering, and sacrifice with the so-called free world.
The record from the federal court in Sherman, Texas reveals that the federal judge recommended and ordered that I be confined at the Three Rivers Federal Correctional Institution. Instead, the
Bureau Prisons decided to confine me in one of the hardest federal penitentiaries in the United States of America – Leavenworth.
My entire record reveals that I was not a dangerous man to society, that I never possessed a firearm, I never physically assaulted anyone and/or made a threat to anyone. Further, the enclosed medical records reveal that I was not in any condition
physically, medically, or mentally to be confined in a most dangerous prison like Leavenworth. Every time I would visit the so-called institution hospital at Leavenworth to describe the physical pain pertaining to my back and knees, I would be dismissed. For many years I terminated going to the hospital because there was never any relief given at all.
Finally I became so ill on August 22, 2005, that the medical staff in Leavenworth had to take me to St. John’s Hospital. The medical records will reveal that the operation, which was to be a simple operation, became a near death operation from which
I suffer to this very day. My body has not fully recovered from this operation, which had my entire stomach opened from one end to another.
If the Bureau of Prisons had followed the law and
order of the federal judge from the beginning, I would
not be in the physical condition that I am in. Legally, my constitutional rights as an individual (regardless of
confinement) are presently violated through the Fifth Amendment, due process of the law, the Eighth Amendment, cruel and unusual punishment, and equal protection of the law under the Fourteenth
Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
What really breaks my heart is remembering being a
law student at Baylor School of Law. I scored the highest grades (96) in constitutional law, evidence, civil law, and criminal law. When I took the Texas bar examination I scored one of the highest grades in constitutional law out of 300 students, and to now be part of these injustices committed against me is extremely hard to accept.
I am now prepared and ready to share my present sufferings and sacrifices with the public in the free world, especially with the Latino, Hispanic, Chicano, and Mexicano community. I’m now ready to communicate with different civil rights and human rights organizations and the Hispanic/Latino media so
that they know what has happened to me in the last 12 years and what is happening to me this very night. I refuse to accept these injustices against me. God, the Creator, gave me the right to live once more after my near death experience so that I may share with the world what is happening to me this very night.
Please be so kind as to share this letter with the world from a Mexicano who is destined to be free and should suffer no more. Enough is enough. How much longer must I carry this cross of injustices committed against me!