Mr. Rosenthal came to his sixty-day review with a copy of the gist of
information he had received. The gist concluded:
Numerous source information has been received stating
that ROSENTHAL would be harmed if released to the open GP units with the
most recent being this past weekend. We have not received any information
to date to state that ROSENTHAL could be released to the open GP population.
Due to the above information the writer recommends that ROSENTHAL remain
in segregation. (Gist of Information, Kent Institution, September 8, 1997)
At the beginning of his review, Mr. Rosenthal stated, "I get the impression
from everybody else whoís been here today that you have already decided
before we get here what you intend to do with us." Mr. Csoka responded,
"Thatís not true." Mr. Rosenthal then presented Mr. Csoka with a copy
of a letter he had written to Warden Marshall and asked that Mr. Csoka
read it as the basis for discussion about his case. Mr. Csoka said he
would pass the letter on to the warden but he did not have time to read
it at the review. I later obtained a copy of Mr. Rosenthalís letter:
I am writing this letter in regards to my present
situation, i.e. that I am being held in segregation because my life is
allegedly in danger were I to be released to the general population. This
is simply not true. I am well aware that your administration has received
certain confidential information in this respect. My only answer to that
is that there is a world of difference between someoneís speculation based
on idle chatter and a real conspiracy to commit murder. Given that I have
spent some 17 years in max.ís and SHUs across the country I know very
well how prisoners will respond to an incident such as the death of inmate
Grenier. Things are said in the heat of the moment. People rush to conclusions
before they know the facts often with little thought and much emotion.
And then, there are always those who will manipulate any situation to
their own advantage. Unfortunately, it is this latter group that are most
willing to provide information to the authorities, and to distort the
reality of the situation accordingly.
I was not involved in the death of inmate Grenier
in any capacity. There was no conspiracy or premeditation in Grenierís
death. The incident itself was recorded on videotape and at no time am
I anywhere near it. I am told that even the RCMP and the CSC National
Investigative Team make this same determination. Any other construction
of events is nothing but a house of smoke and mirrors.
By this point in this writing
I would hope that you have gathered that I am not foolhardy enough to
want to run headlong to my death. I am not. I have my own sources of information
amongst the population in whom I have every reason to have every confidence.
I have communicated directly with all the parties in this incident, all
of whom have made it very clear that they have no problem with me. I donít
hold everyone here in high regard nor they me. Everyone here is not my
friend. I donít expect that everyone here would take an active role in
getting me released from segregation and neither should your administration.
If that were the standard no one would ever get released from segregation.
It has recently been suggested to me that my security
level is going to be raised to maximum and that an involuntary transfer
to another max. is being considered. In making this determination, Iím
asking that you also consider that my whole life is now in the B.C. region.
My family and my wife live here. My release plans are all for this region.
In all my 17 years of imprisonment I have never had nearly the good things
in and good prospects for my life that I have now. In my short time here,
I completed the GED with the highest marks possible. Iíve been a medium
for over a year and at the time of this incident was waiting for a transfer
to Matsqui which was already approved. I am also awaiting acceptance at
RHC. I worked in the library, studied in my cell and jogged for exercise
every day. I wasnít involved in anything in any capacity. An out of region
transfer would be devastating to me, my wife and my family. It would also
be unfair, unjust and completely unnecessary.
What happened to Christian
Grenier was a tragedy by anyoneís account, mine included. I understand
that an incident of that magnitude will have deep repercussions throughout
the prison and that sorting out the resultant turmoil is no easy task.
Still, the fact remains that I am not responsible for this. Any allusion
to the contrary is simply wrong and so is any extension that suggest my
life might be in danger. Itís not. Before you take any decision in my
case, I ask that you meet me to present your concerns and hear my response
first hand. (Letter from Glen Rosenthal to Warden Brenda Marshall,
Faced with Mr. Csokaís refusal to read the letter at the segregation
review, Mr. Rosenthal attempted to highlight his central point: the gist
of information stated that he was "one of the key players in the murder
of Grenier and a contract was out on him." Mr. Rosenthal said this information
was false, and the idea of any preplanned conspiracy had been rejected
by the national investigation. This gave rise to the following exchange
between Mr. Csoka and Mr. Rosenthal:
MC: Weíre not saying that there was a conspiracy.
However, the perception of prisoners in the population is that there was
a conspiracy and that you were involved in it.
GR: Well, that was not the way it was, and that perception
MC: So what do you expect? That I should go out there
and tell the prisoners that their perception is wrong so that they shouldnít
kill you? I donít think so.
GR: Well, if there are some prisoners saying that
I was involved in the conspiracy and that is why they want to kill me
and you know that there was no conspiracy, that should lead you to challenge
the credibility of the prisoners who are saying that and give you a clue
that they have their own agenda to keep me in segregation and get me out
of this institution.
Mr. Csoka advised Mr. Rosenthal that he would be staying segregated.
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