I’m way behind the times on this one, but late is better than never I suppose.
Mike Mette is a Chicago Police officer and Bears fan. In 2005, Mike was in Iowa, admittedly out late with others. Early in the morning, Mike was attacked by an Iowa resident. In self defense, Mike threw one punch at the “victim”. While by reports the “victim” was inebriated and combative with ambulance personnel, Mike was charged, found guilty and sentenced to 5 years in prison in Iowa. Prosecutors have conceded that even though Mike showed restraint and only threw one punch in self-defense, he is culpable because he should have turned and ran away from the attack.
John Kass of the Chicago Tribune, always one to sniff out and speak against corruption in government, did a fantastic job chronicling Mike’s case for the last 3 years. His latest column is here. Archived news is available on the Mike Mette defense fund website.
Mike began serving his sentence in 2007. Luckily, an appeal in Des Moines, IA yesterday looks very promising, as Kass explained in his article.
I wish I would have done what I could to put word out on this earlier. I hope Mike’s appeal, set for judgement in a week, will work for him. Anyone out there that can keep Mike in your thoughts, prayers, post supportive comments on the website’s guestbook, please do so.