with appropriate horror. From the Huffington Post:
If puzzle pieces are missing in the Roxanna Brown case, the picture is clear, a terrifying vignette of relinquished justice and lost humanity in America.
Roxanna, a U.S. citizen who ran Bangkok University’s ceramics museum and fiercely opposed illegal dealings in Asian antiquities, came to lecture in Seattle in May.
Federal agents arrested her on a single count of wire fraud. An assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said inflated appraisals over her electronic signature enabled art donors to save a few thousand dollars on taxes.
Though frail at 62 with an amputated leg, she was held without bail. Too sick to appear earlier, she was to see a judge on May 13. We Americans, innocent until proven guilty, get our day in court. But she didn’t make it.
However unintended, Roxanna Brown suffered capital punishment without trial because of what appears to be simple identity theft, now so common to our daily lives.
The charge is ludicrous to anyone who knew her. Even if she were guilty, it was a minor tax dodge, which in many democracies would be a civil matter.
But Roxanna spent four days in a cell, terrified and threatened with 20 years in prison and her life’s work lost in scandal. She died at 2:30 a.m., screaming for help, from complications of a perforated ulcer.
“She choked to death on her own blood,” her playwright brother, Fred Leo Brown, said in a You Tube video. “She died alone like an animal.”