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I can think of nothing more calculated to undermine public confidence in the Grand Jury system than any such involvement. " The necessity for prosecution, conviction and punishment of the murderers of Brent Miller, Kilboume closed his heartfelt message by saying, would still be waiting after "the hullabaloo and hot air" subsided. And so they were. The mandamus suit filed in Judge Bennett's courtroom seeking the installation of tighter security measures at Angola like security fencing, visiting coveralls and electronic weapon scanners, was assigned to another judge, District Judge Richard P.
The warden prepared to maintain security with state police and national guardsmen if necessary. Tempers flared. Recalls Hoyle, "All it would have taken was for Dees to stand up there and make an announcement or have a roll call or anything to relieve the tension, which is what I would have done if I'd been associate warden for security and one of my officers had been killed. ’" But Dees never got up. "Hilton Butler got up," Hoyle continues, "and told them about the situation, and you could see tension kind of easing a little bit.
The kids took it in school, too," Hoyle relates with regret. "Many's the time they'd come home crying that somebody had picked on them and said, 'Your dad's a nigger-lover' and all this type thing. It was a real difficult decision when all the staff pulled their kids out of public school and sent them to private school, and here we were trying to integrate the prison. I could have probably afforded to send my kids to private school, but what would that do for the institution? You can't integrate the prison and talk it up if the convicts can say.