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Philip Russo
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Loving Husband of the late Shelia Lynn Russo. Shelia was killed in the February 2014 Mass Shooting while working as the Tribal Administrator for the Cedarville Rancheria Indian Tribe in Alturas, California. This blog will chronicle my thoughts, and emotions as I struggle to cope with the tragic death of my wife, the anguish of a long Capital Punishment trial and the legal complexities involved with a Native American Tribal Sovereign Immunity issues.

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Holding the Media Accountable, One Phone Call at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:32 AM

There used to be a time when the news was really just all about reporting the news. Somewhere along the way and maybe in part due to the expansion of mass media, news sources, probably feeling that they needed to stand out from the competition, began to sensationalize the stories...

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Mixed Emotions Over the Evidence

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 7:23 AM

In case you didn't already know this, the mass shooting that took my precious wife Shelia's life was captured in its entirety on security cameras that were located throughout her office building. There is also a complete audio recording of the shooting because it happened during a council meeting. They...

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Reaching Out to Other Victims of Gun Violence

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 4:34 PM

When I lost my wife Shelia in the Alturas mass shooting, so many people reached out in an attempt to console me. I can tell you all, the two things I got sick of hearing were the phrases "In time things will get better" and "I know how you feel....

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Please Stop Turning Killers Into Celebrities

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 3:39 PM

Do a Google search on any of the mass shootings in this country and you will get plenty of information. You'll find out when, where, who did it, and what weapons were used. You're likely even to find the killer's life story, and you will always get to see a...

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National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2014

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 2:25 PM

Each April, The Office of Victims of Crime helps communities in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week by bringing public awareness to victims' rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Crime Victims' Rights Week was established in 1981 by Ronald Reagan as...

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4 Dead in Mass Shooting at the Cedarville Racheria

(18) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:41 PM

It was noon time on a Thursday. I had just finished working a twelve hour shift at the Modoc County Jail. I came home to catch some sleep before having to return back to work at midnight. It had to have been sometime around 2pm when my wife Shelia came...

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