Here we are again, 5 years later. James has been wrongfully incarcerated for 1620 days. On June 19th, James met with the parole board for his first hearing. While we were not allowed to attend his hearing, we gathered in close proximity to the prison for prayer and support. Armed with the help of his excellent parole attorney, a stellar parole package, the 3 associates degrees he's earned while in prison, and hundreds of letters from friends and family to board on his behalf, the board still denied him. They gave him a date 5 years from now. While this isn't the worst case scenario, we expected a denial of no more than 3 years given his exemplary behavior in prison. But, no surprise, our judicial system is flawed and has failed us again. They want to hear an admittance of guilt for a crime he did not commit. They want a lie!
We believe this again has been propelled forward by the mother of Devin. Although totally optional and frankly unnecessary, she chose to come to his hearing to give her ''victim impact speech.'' The irony, when James and Devin are the only victims of this heinous situation, both paying for crimes not committed by them. But in she came, guns blazing, assassinating his character and blatantly lying, just as she did at trial. Though it would seem her falsehoods have taken on a whole new life of their own, each being more scarcely credible than the last. She said James was violent, a monster and in regular bar fights when they dated. Anyone that knows James scoffs and laughs at the absolute absurdity! James has never been in a bar fight, or any other violent physical altercation. He has no record, and no history of violence. Never once while out on bail, during trial or during the parole hearing did James exhibit one form of violent outburst or anger towards Katy or her family, even with all the venom that they perpetuated. Any person that has anger issues would've lashed out but he always conducted himself with a calm demeanor. Amazing, given that kind of pressure would break most.
We're realizing that Katy will say or do anything to continue her smear campaign. Moreover, we're coming to the conclusion that perhaps Devin's injuries (stroller falls, lack of medical care) were not all that happened on her watch and perhaps not accidental. When someone has to go to such extremes to embellish and slant the truth, generally they're trying to conceal something. The red flags were clear months before Devin was injured when he came to James' home with blood blisters on his back, and a black eye after a trip to Redding with his mother, where she had been arrested for driving under the influence. She was regularly cavalier with Devin's health, so it was no surprise when James had to rush Devin to the hospital because he'd had a pneumonia that had been untreated while in the care of his ''mother.'' The list goes on. What was going on in that home? We believe that we're dealing with a narcissistic sociopath. She seems to enjoy the attention (Munchhausen syndrome by proxy) and knows very well of James' innocence, but feels no guilt or remorse for the deceit she's perpetuated to save her own hide, though it has harmed both her son and his innocent father. Given Devin's tragic disabilities, due to her carelessness, he certainly could've used a nurturing and involved father in his life, but she's done everything in her power to see that that didn't happen. She simply will not take responsibility for the injury that many believe she caused, accidental or otherwise.
James will not allow the situation or these diabolical people to derail him. He is relentless in his quest for freedom. He continues to honor his son by telling the truth, even if it means sitting in prison forever. I'm incredibly proud of the grace and integrity that he displays in his everyday life. He has not allowed this evil to harden him and continues to choose to serve others to the best of his ability.
So, what now?! We fight! James has an army of people standing behind him. Hundreds of friends and family, multiple job offers and housing offers upon his release, a new career awaiting him with his degrees. Thousands from churches around the country praying for his freedom and his eventual reuniting with Devin.
Many of the programs that help wrongfully convicted people will not step in until appeals and parole have been denied. The California Innocence project has picked up his case and is currently investigating it. This is GREAT news! This means that they haven't denied his case. We will also be in contacts with Loyola Law and the many other media contacts and exonerees we have connections with. James situation is like so many others convicted of Shaken baby or head trauma. His trial was based on junk science and hysteria, rather than facts. Documentaries like ''The Syndrome" explain all of the particulars and show the significant impact of stroller falls in childhood head injuries. From esteemed neurosurgeon, Dr, Neissan; "It is impossible that this injury occurred in the 20-30 minutes that James had his son, because of the nature and timing of such an injury,'' An injury like this takes hours-days to develop. Our experts believe the amount of swelling that caused the stroke that James experienced when Devin's health failed was caused by the multiple falls he took while with his Mother and her family, and then being jostled around on rides at Disneyland.
When we look at this clearly, Devin was in the care of his mother for 4 days prior to being dropped off. Suspiciously, she would not allow James to see Devin those days, until she hastily and unexpectadly decided to drop him off that evening. She did not drop off a well baby, but like a bad game of hot potato, the last one holding the bag is it!
Sometimes we don't understand God's timing, but justice always has a way of making it's way back around and that's why Katy and her family continue to perpetuate their lies. They're terrified of being found out. They know that when James is out, and he will be eventually, he's gonna blow the lid off this whole thing and expose them for what they really are, wolves in sheeps clothing! Get ready, we haven't even begun fighting.
I am so sorry that the Parole Board did not grant James parole. The documdrama on the Central Park 5 is on in the background as I type this. I can't imagine the conflict when an innocent person has to admit guilt in order to gain his or her freedom. James has demonstrated his ability to act with grace and integrity despite difficult circumstances. Hopefully as the urban myths involving Shaken Baby Syndrome are overtaken by the science, James will be have his good name and freedom restored.ReplyDelete
I’m deeply saddened by the parole boards decision. James has always been so kind even when faced with anger, I could not imagine being in his situation, but I do know he has shown to put forth positive vibes throughout this whole ordeal. My prayers are always with him and the family and the son he didn’t get to be with. God grant this innocent man his freedom!ReplyDelete