Dear Readers and Supporters of Nunu Sung,
It appears you all are making headway! Thank you for reading about Nunu’s case and responding. Your actions are felt and heard here in the Chicagoland area! KEEP IT UP! (And a hearty THANK YOU!!)
As you have demonstrated a vested interest in this case, a very interesting development occurred yesterday which I would like to share with you.
I have been contacted by a member of the prosecuting team, Chuck Rohde. (Members of the prosecution team are as follows: Augusta Clark, prosecuting attorney and member of the Criminal Division under the direction of the DuPage County States Attorney. Kathleen Anderson, Guardian ad Litem. Janet Ahern, D.C.F.S. Deputy General Counsel, and Mr. Rohde.) Mr. Rohde represents the foster family involved in this case. He requested I remove the photographs of Nunu Sung with Joshua from all of my articles. He stated a concern for the privacy of the foster family and Joshua. He mentioned standard protocol which media adhere to regarding cases involving minors (though, he stipulated I was not bound to the same as a private citizen). And he implied the publication of such photos may have a negative impact on visitation rights set forth by the child welfare agencies involved.
In response to Mr. Rohde’s assertions, I feel I must offer the following commentary.
(1) While I respect the desire of the prosecution to maintain a level of privacy for the foster family and Joshua, I believe that line was crossed when a petition was filed to terminate Nunu Sung’s parental rights. This petition stands in direct violation of Nunu’s Plea Deal, which was agreed upon by all parties. (This includes the foster family.) This information must be shared. Privacy has become a luxury for all parties involved.
(2) As a private citizen I recognize that I am not bound by the same protocol as the media. I have pledged to use my voice and resources to propel this case into the mainstream.
(3) As it was not Nunu Sung who provided the photographs my efforts as a private citizen should hold no bearing on her rights of visitation. I’ve had no communication with Nunu Sung since the day of her sentencing. Any efforts to promote this case are the result of the use of my intellect, reasoning, and resources.
While Mr. Rohde indicated he was in no way trying to discourage my efforts to express my opinion or garner support for Nunu, he asked what I believe to be an incredibly poignant question:
“What good could come from publishing the photos of Joshua?”
The “good” I hope will come out of publishing these photos is at the very heart of this case and my efforts: to see Nunu Sung reunited with her son.
Up until the past few months, Nunu’s story, voice, and experience has been overlooked, silenced, and dismissed from the media. Up until recently, media attention focused on one aspect of this case and one aspect only: that on a night in June of 2009 Nunu left her son, covered, under a bush. What has been sorely lacking over the past two years from the media realm is coverage and reporting on the determined efforts of Nunu Sung to gain custody of her son.
As a result, a perception has formed around Nunu Sung that she is an unfit mother, and that all of a sudden she is trying to win him back. Perceptions, I believe the prosecution continue to promulgate for their advantage.
The good I hope to accomplish in publishing the photos of Nunu Sung with her son is to show that she has been an active, constant part of his life.
The good I hope to accomplish in publishing the photos of Joshua and Nunu Sung is to counter the fallacy believed and articulated by Judge C. Stanley Austin (the Judge presiding over this case) that “a bond did not exist” between Nunu and her son.
The good I hope to accomplish in publishing the photos of Nunu with her son is to negate the perception that she is an unfit mother.
The good I hope to accomplish by publishing the photos of Nunu with her son is to advance efforts to ensure that Nunu Sung retains her parental rights and custody of her son.
All that is needed to know about the love of a mother for her child is clearly seen in these photographs in a way more powerful than I could ever communicate by writing ten thousand words of Nunu’s love for her son.
And to me, that is “the good” worth fighting for.