The envelope arrived last month with a return address label listing the prisoner’s name and his identification number. Randy “Duke” Cunningham had added me to the list of local journalists who had received jailhouse letters from the disgraced former congressman.

I wrote Cunningham for his thoughts on Nathan Fletcher, the former Cunningham employee and mayoral candidate. Cunningham, who is serving an eight-year sentence in an Arizona prison, responded with a handwritten letter.

The letter contained few insights about Fletcher except that Cunningham doesn’t believe Fletcher or any former staffers should be blamed for what he did. I quoted from it in my story on Fletcher’s time with Cunningham that ran today.

“I will tell you that neither Nathan or any of my former staff should suffer for my own sins,” Cunningham wrote.

Cunningham appears to have been more descriptive about Fletcher in a note he sent recently to San Diego CityBeat.

Our letter from Cunningham is hard to read and doesn’t make sense out of context. But because we know how much interest Cunningham’s missives can draw, we used DocumentCloud to explain the former congressman’s note.

Click on the image above to read Cunningham’s letter in DocumentCloud and read our notes on it.

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