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Many people were shocked and horrified to read this article by Salt Lake-area KSL tonight. Even though Steve Powell was supposedly sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail, they are now shortening his sentence to 338 days from the time his sentencing took effect on June 19 (down from the 913 days it was supposed to be).

I just don’t understand the criminal justice system. “Justice” for Steve’s victims—those two little neighbor girls that he spied on when they thought they were safe in their own home–doesn’t seem to enter the equation.

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On Saturday, July 28, 2012, there will be a big event called “Ride the Brainwave” that sponsors many teams, all running/walking/riding for great causes.

The sponsoring organization is called Children and the Earth and their mission is to provide at-risk children with special opportunities. They invited us to raise a team to help build the Susan, Charlie and Braden Memorial and we were very thankful to be invited to participate in their event.

But we need YOU! Profits raised by the memorial team will go directly to the memorial-building fund. Outdoor sculptures and gardens are very expensive, and we have a lot of work to do before we can dedicate a beautiful memorial to Susan and her boys. Please join us on July 28. Register now to be a part of the Susan, Charlie and Braden Memorial Team. The cost is $20 to walk/run or $25 if you have a motorcycle and want to participate in the motorcycle rally.

Time: Saturday, July 28, 8:30 a.m. for 5K start, 10:00 a.m. for Motorcycle Rally start

Place: The Draper Spectrum (the old VF Factory Outlet) at 12101 S. Factory Outlet Drive in Draper, Utah

There will be lots of fun for the whole family…music, food, live bands, bounce houses, and more.

For more information and to register, please go to Children and the Earth’s website.

Here’s how to register for the Susan, Charlie and Braden Memorial Team:

1. Go to childrenandtheearth.com

2. Click “Register Now”

3. Select the drop-down menu for either “Ride the Brainwave: 5 k” or “Motorcycle Rally” and choose your number of registrants, then click “Continue”

4. Fill in your contact information and where it says “Select One,” choose the Susan, Charlie, Braden Powell Memorial Team. Continue to follow instructions.

If you don’t live in Utah or can’t make it on July 28, you can still donate to the memorial fund! Just visit Children and the Earth and click the “Make a Donation” button on the top right. Follow the instructions and make sure you send them an email at the email address they provide, telling them that you want your donation to go toward the Susan, Charlie and Braden Memorial Fund.

Please spread the word—tell your friends and family! We’d love to have a huge team walking and running for Susan, Charlie and Braden and other victims of domestic violence.

Ride the Brainwave Susan flier

On June 15, Steve Powell was sentenced to 30 months for 12 counts of voyeurism (the judge threw out two counts).

With time served and a discount for good behavior, Steve’s lawyers say he could be out in 13-14 months instead of the 21 months he has remaining.

The mother of the voyeurism victims addressed Steve Powell in court, as reported by KSL-TV:

‘"I have yet to hear you apologize. You’ve sat there smugly as if it’s perfectly normal to commit your crimes," she said to Powell. "Shame on you! Shame on you for not admitting what you did was wrong, and for not admitting it at all."

‘She said her daughters "have to carry this forever."

‘"They did nothing to you, but you’ve stolen their sense of security," the woman said.

‘"And while I didn’t know you were watching my girls, I do know that somebody was watching you. And you better pray that he forgives you, because I can’t."’

Steve Powell was served with a civil lawsuit against him by the victims.

His lawyers are already appealing his conviction, arguing once again that the search of his house which gathered the voyeurism evidence was illegal.

During the second week of May 2012, Steve Powell’s voyeurism trial began.

The mother of the two neighbor girls—victims of Steve Powell’s voyeurism—testified, and so did her two daughters, the victims.

The jury viewed pictures of the voyeuristic evidence. They were ordered every day by the judge not to view, read or research anything about the case, or about Josh or Susan Powell.

Many wondered why Susan was not named as a victim, since Steve Powell had taken many photos of her without her knowledge, and admitted in his journal that he was a voyeur as he wrote obsessively about Susan and others.

Anne Bremner, an attorney for the Cox family, explained that Susan couldn’t be named as a victim because she was not there to testify that she didn’t know Steve was videotaping and photographing her without her knowledge.

Detectives from both Pierce County, Washington and West Valley City, Utah testified against Steve Powell. Jennifer Graves, Steve Powell’s daughter, also testified against her father.

The defense did not call any witnesses. The jury deliberated for about 6 hours but finally returned a unanimous “guilty on all counts” verdict against Steve.

During the trial Alina Powell, Josh Powell’s younger sister, put up a website claiming her father was innocent and had a perfectly normal, innocent relationship with Susan. She also claimed police planted the evidence against her father.

Those close to Susan were grateful to Alina for releasing videos of Susan, but felt her messages and claims were the mark of desperation, and agreed with Brent Hunsaker’s view of this website:

“But in truth, I saw very little interaction between Susan and Steve in the videos. No eye contact. No direct conversations. If anything, it appears Susan is ignoring her father-in-law and focusing almost exclusively on her two boys.

“I do not see what Alina sees.

”As someone pointed out to me, there are films of Adolph Hitler playing with his dogs. Does that prove he was a loving man? No. How do we know? Context.”

Steve Powell was returned to jail, and the sentencing hearing was set for June 15.

April 29, 2012–Jennifer Graves, Josh Powell’s sister, is in the process of writing a book about her life growing up with Josh and Steve Powell, as well as her perspective on everything surrounding Susan’s disappearance. It’s a healing experience for her to write about all of this.

With co-author Emily Gray Clawson, Jennifer plans to finish the book sometime this summer. Jennifer shared some thoughts with KSL about her hopes for the book:

"I would hope that people come away with the power that they have to make choices and take accountability for what they do," she said. "And also that there’s always hope in their situation, no matter where they are."

There are several other authors in the process of writing books about Susan, Josh, and the circumstances surrounding Susan’s disappearance.

Lawyers for Steve Powell, in jail for voyeurism of two young neighbor girls in 2006, tried to get all the evidence against him seized in the search of his home in August, 2011 thrown out.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012, judge Ronald Culpepper ruled that the search was legal and the evidence would stay in for the trial.

The KSL article about the hearing reports the following:

‘Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper ruled that evidence collected during a search of Steven Powell’s house in August by police will be admissible during his upcoming trial.

‘But maybe just as important for the Cox family was hearing a judge say for the first time that there was enough evidence to reasonably believe Josh Powell was responsible for the disappearance of his wife.

‘"It’s a relief to actually hear him say it in court," said Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father.

‘In issuing his decision, Culpepper said, "I think these facts offer a very reasonable inference, something that would warrant a person of reasonable caution in finding probable cause in believing Joshua Powell, the subject of the investigation, was involved in the disappearance and very likely the death of Susan Powell."

‘Culpepper said there was probable cause for West Valley police to seek Susan Powell’s diaries, which were being kept in Josh and Steven Powell’s Puyallup, Wash., house, as well as probable cause to obtain all of the digital media in the home that led to the discovery of thousands of photographs of young children, many nude or partially nude, allegedly taken by Steven Powell.’

FOX 13 has more on this hearing and a copy of the witness list for the upcoming trial of Steve Powell.

Shortly after Charlie and Braden’s funeral, close friends and family members of Susan, Charlie and Braden began talking about raising a memorial for Susan and her boys.

The purpose of the memorial is to honor and remember Susan and her boys, and also to give victims of domestic abuse/violence hope—to help them learn there options, hope, help, and a way out.

We formed a committee and put out a Call for Artists and Call for Locations. We didn’t realize when we began this process what an incredibly huge job it would be to research, plan, and fund-raise to get these memorials built (one in Washington and one in Utah).

But we’re moving forward, and are in the process of selecting an artist right now. We’re also working hard to make plans for fundraising. We hope to see completed memorials by fall 2013.