Sterling Family Fund
He is due to be sentenced on April 24, 2015. His attorneys are currently appealing the conviction. Unfortunately for Jeffrey, he became the government’s primary target because he had the audacity to do two things
He went through appropriate legal channels to address his concerns about a covert CIA operation.
He filed a discrimination lawsuit against the CIA in August of 2001 (two months later he was fired) which was coincidentally thrown out because proof would require release of classified information. Jeffrey contacted Mr. Risen in an effort to have his discrimination story heard. Mr. Risen subsequently did write an article about Jeffrey's lawsuit. Another story was published in the May 20, 2002 issue of “People” magazine. Here is an excerpt:
“Sterling joined the CIA in 1993 and two years later became a case officer in the Iran Task Force. (He was the only black among its more than 20 professionals.) To prepare, he spent a year studying Farsi, the language of Iran. Sent to Bonn in 1997 to recruit Iranians as agents, he grew frustrated when he wasn't given new prospects to recruit. Perplexed, he returned to Langley and confronted his supervisors. “I asked why I wasn't receiving any assignments. They said, “Well, you kind of stick out as a big black guy,” Sterling recalls. “They said, 'You bring unwanted attention to where you're assigned. Everyone in management agreed I was too conspicuous. And I said, “Well, when did you realize that I was black?”
Arrested in 2011, he was fired from his job at Anthem Healthcare. This, after winning an award in 2010 for saving the company over 32 million dollars due to healthcare fraud. He has been unable to get another job. He and his wife Holly lived off their savings and Holly’s income as a social worker for a few years but the money has run out. Their house is on the cusp of foreclosure, they have had to depend on the kindness of family, friends and in some cases total strangers for the money to travel from their home in Missouri to court in Virginia.
I have never met a man with more integrity and more strength in family values. You know when you meet him that he is a man who puts family and honesty above all else. There are many people who believe that Jeffrey was steamrolled because of his color and because he stood up for what he believes in and would not plead guilty to something he did not do.
Please consider making a donation to help Jeffrey’s family to ease the ongoing financial burdens they face.
Holly has asked me to post this update.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who signed a petition in support of Jeffrey. As you are probably aware, sadly he was not granted a pardon by President Obama. We continue to anxiously await the appellate court's decision after the oral arguments on December 6, 2016. There have been no changes in Jeffrey's health and he continues to take a beta blocker.
Twelve months ago, during the press conference prior to delivering the petition for a pardon to the White House, I read a message from Jeffrey. I would like to share it with you again today:
"Every day, I ask why am I forcibly separated from my wife Holly, our family and friends; why am I in prison? I know the answer because it is born out of who I am today and who I have always been. The answer to my daily question is because through the years I said ‘no’ to discrimination at the CIA. I said ‘no’ to government intimidation and retaliation. I said ‘no’ to compromising my principles by pleading to a crime I did not commit.
“All the while I am saying ‘yes’ to doing the right thing not only for myself but also for my country. I took a stand and followed the rules and for this I was targeted and summarily finished. Throughout, I have thought I stood alone.
“I have learned differently. While I have been invisible to many, many more here in this country and throughout the world have expressed solidarity with me and the cause of justice or the struggles I have endured. Their undying support and encouragement, along with that of my incredible wife Holly inspire me to continue fighting. Thank you all."
Jeffrey and I remain eternally grateful for your support and standing with us to fight for his innocence. Although we did not receive the desired outcome, we know we are not alone.
I am not sure there are words to adequately express the impact each of you has had on our lives and the courage to continue the pursuit of justice. We wish you love, peace, and safety always, and especially during this unfortunate highly conflictual state of our country.
To be clear, there hasn't been any change in Jeffrey's health. After his initial visit with the cardiologist there have been no additional doctor visits. Jeffrey continues to take his prescribed beta blocker. The Department of Prisons is obligated to provide minimum essential care which under there protocol has been done. The best hope for appropriate medical care will most likely not happen until Jeffrey is released.
On another note, my understanding is that Chelsea Manning will be released in the spring so that is good news for her and her family. Unfortunately, Jeffrey's name was not on the list of people receiving clemency.
Jeffrey's appellate hearing took place in early December. His attorneys did a phenomenal job and there were some pointed questions asked by at least one judge. Our hope is that all three judges believe in Jeffrey's innocence and overturn the verdict on all counts.
Thanks to your support Holly continues to visit Jeffrey monthly. It is always bittersweet because their time together is marred by location and profound sadness and hurt. Jeffrey is a proud American and continues to be befuddled by what has happened. Your cards and letters are a highlight in Jeffrey's day and he is very appreciative so please continue.
I express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your support, donations, and kindness.. Blessings to each of you and your families.
As you are aware, Jeffrey was waiting to be seen by a cardiac specialist. Finally, he received an evaluation that also included a stress test. Jeffrey continues to suffer PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions) almost daily as also depicted by the readings during the stress test. The specialist concluded Jeffrey was not in immediate danger and prescribed a beta blocker.
Although this appears to be positive news, the doctor made this determination without receiving or reviewing pertinent blood test results from the prison, nor did he obtain his own. This remains a huge concern for us, as Jeffrey was informed by prison medical personnel on September 17, 2016, that his blood test results signified high levels of Troponin. Troponin is a protein released when “the heart muscle has been damaged, such as occurs with a heart attack”. (MedLine Plus Medical Encyclopedia)
Sadly, the prison is now denying Jeffrey was ever told specific details of his troponin levels. They have in writing, per a reply to a formal grievance. Jeffrey was only provided information that a cardiac specialist might test for, and not results pertaining to Jeffrey’s blood test.
I worked judiciously with many supporters to locate a law firm to represent Jeffrey for medical negligence. After review of all grievances and medical records, I was informed at this time there is nothing that can be done. As long as the prison provides the bare minimum in medical care, they are not liable. I was informed “medical malpractice” is not enough to hold a prison medical care provider liable, they have to be “deliberately indifferent” as the law is written.
I would also like to inform you oral arguments for Jeffrey’s appeal are happening on December 6th. Jeffrey and I continue to remain hopeful his innocence and truth will ultimately prevail.
Please continue to support us:
Your help for the Sterling Family Fund allows me the privilege to visit Jeffrey in Colorado as he completes the last 1.5 years of his sentence. It also allows me to send him reading material and pay for our telephone calls.
Please continue to send words of encouragement and hope to my beloved husband Jeffrey. Please know he garners strength and hope from each of you. You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:
JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123
Jeffrey and I cannot adequately express our gratitude for your support and actions that resulted in him obtaining medical care. We know that without all the calls and emails demanding medical treatment he would still have not been evaluated, and for that we are deeply thankful. Although Jeffrey and I are unable to celebrate the holiday season together, we are eternally grateful for the monthly visits and daily phone calls, and this has all been due to your generosity. Please take a moment to thank yourselves for extending a heart and hand to those in need. We wish you all health, happiness, and peace to you and your families always and especially throughout the holiday season.
With much respect,
During this morning's telephone conversation with Jeffrey, he informed me there was a date he was to see the medical specialist. Sadly, that date has come and gone. I remain in complete and utter disbelief that Jeffrey's dire medical issues continue to be blatantly ignored to the point of medical negligence by the prison.
To cause further angst, Jeffrey told me a fellow individual recently requested to report to sick call immediately. His request was denied by the corrections officer as it was prior to the "official" sick call time. Tragically, he died a couple hours later. The cause of death, a HEART ATTACK!
Friends, I cannot and will not let Jeffrey suffer the same tragic consequences. I am requesting your help once again to get my beloved husband the medical treatment he is inherently entitled to as a human being.
Every day I am plagued by unimaginable fear when my telephone rings, as when the caller ID says "private," I am terrified if it is going to be Jeffrey's voice on the other end or that of a prison employee with terrible news.
Please help us:
** You may once again email or phone the Warden, Deborah Denham, demanding that Jeffrey receive the necessary and proper medical care. You can contact her at ExecAssistant@bop.gov or call 303-763-4300.
In addition to contacting the Warden, please email or call the North Central Regional Office that is responsible for oversight and support to FCI Englewood and other prisons in its jurisdiction. You may email Sara M. Revell at NCRO/ExecAssistant@bop.gov or call 913-621-3939.
** Chances are you’ve already signed the petition for President Obama to grant Jeffrey an immediate pardon. Now I hope you’ll encourage others to sign it as well. Mindful that the president will be vacating his office soon, I will be making my way back to DC for a final plea.
** Your help for the Sterling Family Fund -- donating here -- would assist with me hiring a lawyer, as it currently appears that may be the only way for Jeffrey to receive proper medical care. The Fund also continues to allow me the privilege to visit with Jeffrey, and I pray my recent visit will not be the last.
** Lastly, please continue to send words of encouragement to my dear husband Jeffrey. You may write letters and/or send cards to him at the following address:
JEFFREY STERLING, 38338-044
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
9595 WEST QUINCY AVENUE
LITTLETON, CO 80123
Jeffrey and I remain grateful and humbled by your actions and support standing in solidarity to get him the medical help he is entitled to. We honestly could not continue without your support and help, as tragically our government continues to demonstrate how powerful and evil it truly can be. We wish all of you health, happiness, and peace to you and your families.
Sterling family: I have been following closely your case and I applaud your courage for deciding to appeal. I suspect the decision was not easy . I wish I had more comforting words but suffice it to say, you aren't going through this alone. Many are on your side and support you. All the best, Teresa Just a word for all these posts for assistance, help, and money. This is not the appropriate forum to advertise your needs. It is taking advantage of someone's else's situation. While your stories may be compelling, it would be best to find your own place for support.
This outrageous injustice reminds me of the unlawful conviction of Abraham Bolden, the first African American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House detail. He too was framed for a crime that in fact never took place! You can read his sadly familiar story in his 2008 book The Echo From Dealey Plaza. You have my continuing support, especially now during the holidays.
Jeffrey, I've been following this travesty closely since January 2011 (thanks largely to updates from Marcy Wheeler, FAS, and Normon Solomon). You and Holly have been very much in my thoughts these past 4 years. The world sees this string of grave injustices. All the best and onward to appeal . . .
Loose all fear!!! It is your enemy. Your smile is a sword and laughter is nuclear bomb. I'm not sure if this helps you at all but the US government has some very big secrets regarding Iraq that they would like to keep. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=688990974588910&id=688972871257387
does he not have the right to see a cardiologist? It may be nothing but a troponin level, (simple blood test) and an addiciotnal EKG is the very least they should perform. Is he on Coumadin for his a-fib or another anti-coagulant? This situation is appalling. To be treated, or rather not be treated, is beyond comprehensible. I don't understand our country anymore. Please persist and good luck.
I am so sorry Jeffery and Holly that you are being treated like this. Argh!
I am shattered to read about the injustices done to you. I will keep you in my prayers and I pray that you will be released asap
Still standing with you, Holly and Jeffrey. (Also left a voicemail at Engelwood and sent e-mail to Warden Denham about medical care.)