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In Steven Green's defense

By Times Staff Report
Published February 19, 2007


In his defense

Excerpts of testimonial letters to U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew on behalf of Steven Green:

“Your honor, sadly, there are some very bad people in this world, but Steve Green is not one of them. We all make mistakes and he has done his best to rectify his mistakes. Steve  Green is a very unique person and is not a person who belongs in prison — he is smart, intuitive, interesting, has always been a pillar of strength, and a person all his friends lean on. Additionally, Steve Green’s absence would have a tremendous ripple effect on the charitable organizations that rely on his focus and determination.”

— Lorraine Bracco, actor, star of The Sopranos and Goodfellas

“Steve has led several successful and memorable special events over the years. I can speak firsthand about his role as event chair of our organization’s first benefit art auction and exhibition last spring. That event netted nearly $150,000 in contributions and sales, and focused attention on the creative gifts of artists with disabilities, whose artwork was the centerpiece of the evening. Steve was the driving force behind the fundraising and publicity, and he played a key role during the event as the evening’s principal host.”

— Joseph S. Gordon, director of development, the Shield Institute, a non-profit which assists developmentally disabled New Yorkers

“Mr. Green has been an outspoken champion of making our schools safe from bullying and harassment for our children. He has taken an interest in fighting discrimination and intolerance wherever it exists. He has personally advocated on our behalf to his peers, elected officials and policy makers.”

-—Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation, a New York gay and lesbian civil rights organization