Justice for Don Belton

remembering a writer and friend



A couple of thoughts as this all winds down. One seems fairly important. Of all the news stories, can you find A SINGLE ONE that mentions the fact that Michael Griffin said he does not remember Don assaulting him? This seems an important detail, and one that the Herald Times and other outlets have an absolute duty to report. It is our local media that the national media taps for its info, which means people around the country are simply assuming that this was a well-supported allegation.

My second thought is how extraordinary it is to me that people here sat side by side in the small courtroom, perfectly polite to each other, while hoping for different verdicts. I’ve never seen a murder trial before where the ‘sides’ weren’t separated. And it seems fitting, given the number of people who knew and liked both parties, and given the atmosphere in Bloomington. It does seem possible to hold different opinions about ‘issues’ here without personal animosity.


7 comments on “Thoughts.

  1. Lars
    April 15, 2011

    That new student new site crimsonlifemagazine.com wrote about the trial too.

    I think they might have actually mentioned Grffin’s “memory loss.” Though I can’t recall seeing it anywhere else.

  2. Andrew
    April 15, 2011

    Perhaps we will never know the karmic storm that was Michael Griffin in that moment in the friendly warmth of Don’s kitchen. Although that unimaginable place is a condensation of so much that we must not turn away from.

    Because this process is layered in the tragedy of winter and the justice of spring, what does this spring offer us in its sorrow and anger and in its vindication? Perhaps it is as witness. We must witness the complex flavor that was Don Belton in our knowledge of him. We must witness the suffering in the emergent recipe of anger, fear, sadness and the like and how these form seasons in years between us. There, in that place also the regimes of gender, of racism, ageism, familialism, homophobia, heteronormativity, the social destruction in rhythms of war, the cooption as sensation product in attention capitalism, the institution of the state and the blindness of elitism, etc. etc.

    In all of this difficulty we cannot forget Don’s smile, his laughter and the charity of his being in our affirmation of him, such honor in our smiles through tears!

  3. admin
    April 15, 2011

    Lars, here is that article —


    It is indeed the first one I’ve seen where the memory loss is actually mentioned for the sexual assault as well. every other memory loss i’ve seen mentioned is in relation to the stabbing.

  4. Gary Schiff
    May 2, 2011

    When is sentencing?

  5. Gary Schiff
    May 3, 2011

    When is the sentencing?

  6. admin
    May 14, 2011

    sentencing is Tuesday May 17

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