“I am Thomas' mother and we need my son home. I miss him so much and we need him home to help care for us, as I will be turning 78 this November. I believe that my son is innocent with all of my heart. I want all my children happy, and safe. Tom Tom is my one and only son, and I ask for your support. Thank you.”
"...The State of Alaska has robbed my brother of the last 12 years. Thomas should be married and raising a family of his own. But that’s not the case. Thomas’ reality is that he sits in prison because the “system” “felt” he was guilty. Not because they had evidence or eye witnesses. They convicted him because they “could”. Thomas was a “win” for a new prosecutor, and yet another “native boy” from a village they thought “probably” did it. Is this the justice you want for your son or brother? Well it’s the justice we got for my brother. Thomas was sucked into the “justice system” and spit out! Right into a prison cell...." Read Yvette's full "Letter to All Alaskans" on the 'Details' tab.
"My young memories of Uncle Tom Tom are full of laughter and joy. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with family. He was and continues to be a man of love and faith with a kind and giving heart. Now I speak with Uncle Tom Tom when he calls from Lemon Creek Correctional Facility. He speaks of hope, and of being free from this nightmare. His greatest fear is to not be free to care for his parents. Tom Tom has not lost his faith, and continues to share with others at Lemon Creek the peace accessible to everyone through accepting Christ."
“Tom Tom was the baby of our family, but he was always our big brother. Tom Tom was our protector, our provider, and our voice of reason in difficult times.
When I was a single mother with financial difficulties, Tom Tom made a point of sending over boxes of fish and deer meat each month so that me and my children would not go hungry. This is who Tom Tom is. Tom Tom would teach nieces and nephews how to drive, how to hunt and fish, how to chop wood, and how important it was for them to provide for their elders. This was the Tlingit way.
As I sit here today it is difficult to know that mistakes happen. Innocent people are convicted every day, and when they are pointed out, the response is to cover them up rather than admit to those mistakes.
For those who did not know Tom Tom, please read a little about this case to help shine a light on this injustice. For those of you who know Tom Tom, please send a message of how he helped you, protected you, or made your day. Together, we have the power to demand better—to do what is right— Justice for Tom Tom...”
"My brother and I were close growing up. We may have fought a lot, but what brother and sister didn't. We were a year and five days apart so when it game down to it we had each others back. He was someone I can count on for everything. If I ever needed help he was always there for me. Whether it was a guy picking on me or I had car trouble, he was always someone I can count on. If anyone needed something he did want he could to help. He was an easy going guy and loved so many. Then one day 11 years ago the world around my brother and his family fell apart. My brother and his wife at the time wanted a family. He took the girls without knowing the past history because the girls had no one else. Since they were from Hoonah he considered them family and took them in. He did the best he could to take care of them. He took them fishing, hunting, car rides, wood cutting, he also made sure they took showers everyday and passed all their classes. He took them to meet the whole family, here in Hoonah. You could see he was happy to be a father. When things were going good, he got knocked down by a lie. All of it was documented by the court system. Even though we had testimony's confirmed by a teacher and numerous friends that the accuser said nothing happened. Even the accusers little sister, who slept in the same room had said nothing happened. My brother was railroaded. There's not an ounce of proof. Even with no proof he still got a life sentence. As the years go by we haven't given up. We as a family would like your support and help to continue this fight for our brother, son, uncle, nephew, and cousin. Sincerely Maggie Jack."
“I have not had the opportunity to meet Tom Tom, but I learned of Tom Tom's story in 2019 from David's reporting. As David Ignell, forensic journalist, shared more of his findings from the case documents it became clear to me that Tom Tom is an innocent man and no crime had occurred. I encourage everyone to read the "Summary" and "Anatomy of an Unjust Verdict" on the 'Details & Documents' tab of this website. I am naturally a skeptic, but there is no doubt from the court documents and David's research that courts have made a mistake. In an excerpt from David's writing, "Anatomy of an Unjust Verdict", article 1, David quotes Juneau Superior Court Judge, Phillip M. Pallenberg as saying, "...jurors are human beings and human beings make mistakes. There is a high potential for innocent people to be executed under such a system." Mr. Pallenberg made this statement to the Alaska House Judicial Committee in April 1999, testifying as a Public Defender against House Bill 75. As someone with no past interactions with Tom Tom and an open mind I feel the evidence presented by David will help you become familiar with Tom Tom's story and come to your own conclusions just as I now know Tom Tom was wrongfully convicted of a crime that never occurred."
“Several months ago, my friend, David Ignell (Lawyer) told me about a case involving a man from Hoonah who (he believes) was wrongfully charged and is currently serving a LIFE sentence at the Juneau Correctional Facility. I read David Ignell's BRIEF that he sent to the Alaskan Governor and others and I was incensed at the lack of viable evidence to convict Mr. Thomas Jack, Jr so I made an appointment to go and see Mr. Jack at the Juneau jail. I had never met Mr. Jack personally and only knew about him from the BRIEF David Ignell presented to me. When I went to the jail, I found Mr. Jack to be a genuine Christian believer. He exhibited
authentic qualities of his professed faith such as forgiveness and held no animosity for his accusers.
I went to the jail to find out about his well being and to encourage him and had every intention to
pray for him at the end of our one hour visit when he asked me if he could pray! It was a beautiful
prayer of petition to the Lord. I left with a lasting impression of how our faith in the Lord can sustain us even when we are wrongfully convicted. I am convinced when he gets out he will be used mightily of the Lord as an evangelist throughout SE Alaska! I cannot do much from my apartment but pray and to send you this email asking you if you will join me to intercede to the Lord in behalf of our brother in Christ--Mr. Thomas Jack, Jr. May the Lord of Justice and Mercy prevail in this case as David Ignell pursues the truth to free our brother in Christ. I cannot answer any questions you may have but if you are interested in finding out more details, please see the family's website: www.justicefortomtom.com.
Thank you so much.