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Member Mistaken, Cop Unhurt

“After sentencing, we will file our appeal. As much as this sounds like a cliché, there are a number of issues that the lawyers tell me are ripe for appeal. That process will go probably thru July 2007.

“To be honest, I am not sure how to react. I find myself disappointed, angry, scared, frustrated, and hurt. But most of all, I feel rather numb — sort of an emotional paralysis. Right now, it’s like this is happening to someone else rather than me. But I have no doubt reality will hit me soon.

“Mostly, though, I just don’t know what to do, say, or think. Despite all this, I still believe I am blessed. Jennifer has been by my side throughout this ordeal and has kept me focused and (relatively) sane. I’m not sure where I’d be without her and Katie. (Just this morning, I even found myself laughing, as Katie danced to “The Wiggles.” So I am keeping some degree of perspective.)

“I also know that I have been blessed with a strong family (my mother, sister, and father-in-law especially) and good friends to support us through this. And the people at Wiley, Rein & Fielding, who continue to represent us, I count as family. Biz Van Gelder started out as my lawyer, but in the last year, has become my friend, therapist, coach, and confessor.

“What do I do now? I know I need to work on the legal defense fund, and am thinking about whether there is a story to tell here. But beyond that, I’m not quite sure. I’m praying for clarity and strength as Jennifer and I begin this next phase of our life together.

“Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you for what you have done so far. I’m truly grateful.


Purple Haze. Anybody catch Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) having flashbacks on the Senate floor Tuesday?

During debate on the Iraq resolutions, he got up and said, “I want to tell you about the flashback that went through my head” when he heard the Democrats talking about withdrawing troops from Iraq.

He said “flashback” about three times. “The flashback was to my generation’s war in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam. The flashback is what I remember started in 1970 and culminated in 1972,” Isakson said, referring to the last of the Americans in Vietnam leaving Saigon under fire.

Isakson, who plans to vote “no” on Democratic amendments calling for withdrawal from Iraq, served stateside in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, his spokeswoman, Joan Kirchner, said.

So we wondered if perhaps the strait-laced Isakson had dabbled in hippiedom in the ’60s and was having a flashback to Woodstock. Nope. The Senator told HOH through his spokeswoman, “I was a lot of things, but I was not a hippie.” He said he had graduated college by 1966, was married by 1968 and had two children by 1972.

John McArdle contributed to this report.

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