1. How is Leonard's family?
    During this difficulty they persevere, with love and courage. Emails and letters of support are most appreciated.
  2. How may we contact him or others involved in the case?
    Leonard will respond to emails at and communication is most welcome.
    Leonard's mailing address is:

    William Leonard Pickard
    FRN 826787011
    POB 24550
    Tucson, AZ 85734

    Those who wish to help with the case are asked to contact the defense:

    Attorney: Billy Rork,
    1321 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka, KS 66612
    Tel: 785. 235. 1650
    "Nine-tenths of tactics may be learned in schools,
    but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher
    flashing across the pond,
    and in it lay the test of generals"

    TE Lawrence, (1928)

    Legal Advisor: Bill Osterhoudt
    135 Belvedere Street
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    Tel: 415. 664. 4600

    Recommended defense attorney in Bay Area:
    Michael Anderson, PhD, JD
  3. How are the appeals going?
    There is pending litigation in the Tenth Circuit, and the district courts of Kansas, Northern California and Arizona. See "Current Actions in the Courts".
  4. What does he do during incarceration?
    He conducts legal research for district court and appellate proceedings. He is a researcher and active FOIA litigator now investigating law enforcement records systems (see FOIA litigation and pending requests). Through a series of FOIA requests and lawsuits now in federal courts (see Current Actions in the Courts), Leonard is seeking both case-related information and details on the structure and function of government data systems. Toward that end, he is researching databases maintained by DEA, DOJ, DHS, EOUSA, FBI, IRS, ONDCP and other government agencies that maintain files on the public (see, e.g. his NADDIS paper concerning DEA's NADDIS system containing over 8 million files on individuals that are subjects of interest as well as non-criminal subjects including artists, attorneys, politicians, and celebrities). Recently, he has obtained through FOIA the first public release of:

    a) a DEA NADDIS record (see record)

    b) an FBI Universal Index (UNI) record (see record)

    c) the first official acknowledgment of an informant (Skinner) and the first public release of an informant's records (see Pickard v. DOJ)(Pickard I).

  5. What is his schedule in prison?
    He arises at 5:30 AM, and runs on a track at dawn. At 8 AM he begins legal research. In the late afternoons, he composes documents for various projects and attends to correspondence. In the evenings he edits full-length book manuscripts and other documents (see free copying editing and proofreading). He has a meditation and yoga practice within this very structured day, even within the noise, crowding and periodic violence of maximum security prison environments.
  6. What are his hobbies and recreation?
    In his very limited free time, a transistor radio is permitted (the only personal electronics allowed) on which he listens to classical music (operatic arias, Beethoven, Chanticleer, plainsong (see favorites) and when available (rarely) also techno/bass-n-drum/trance (Crystal Method, Massive Attack, etc.). Although limited email is available, there is no internet access. He reads constantly (see recommended reading) with an emphasis on 18th-19th century literature, and modern non-fiction works on post-9/11 digital surveillance and datamining, internet evolution, drug policy, think tanks, science and medicine.
  7. How can we help? And how can Leonard help me?
    a. He enjoys and responds promptly to written correspondence. Student/faculty volunteers are invited to participate in various projects involving net research and document preparation (contact us). Posting links to this site or using the Share applications may also be helpful (e.g. the home page, the NADDIS paper, the Basel paper, and the 9th Circuit decision).
    b. Leonard can help others by reviewing manuscripts, terms papers, proposals and other writings, by offering comments and suggestions, or by copyediting and proofreading. He does this without charge for college students (over 18, please), faculty and new authors. He also responds to all inquiries, and discusses topics of mutual interest and personal issues of correspondents. He provides commentary for media and journalists on incarceration and drug policy.
  8. Are there other ways to help?
    Aid has many forms. We are aware of the power of prayer and the positive outcomes of spiritual practices. Your kind thoughts and compassionate feelings, directed toward resolution of this matter, will make a difference. Please think of us, and know that we think of you, in the most loving way.
  9. What will he do if he survives this difficulty?
    He will love his family as his primary occupation, while continuing to conduct research, including writing and speaking on issues in future drug policy.
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