Yep, it just happens in this business.
I've been following this guy and his case for years.
I'm convinced its a wrongful conviction, which he has been claiming from the start. And while it's true that the police and the prosecution were determined to put this guy away, I think his own defense attorney made a serious blunder. I think the jury might have seen things differently if the attorney had not been so confident of winning that he failed to line up the best expert witnesses in the business. And because he didn't, jurors believed the testimony of a junk scientist hired by the state.
So here's where I'm at a loss for words. What do I say to this prisoner now, after
-a jury found him guilty
-none of his appeals were successful
-an appeal to the Supreme Court was turned down
-higher courts have now ignored his claims of ineffective counsel
-it appears that his very last open door is slamming shut?
His highly successful attorneys believe in his innocence.
He is a man of strong faith.
Everything he has tried has failed, and things don't look good for his very last hope of getting out.
Just telling him that God must have plans for him in the prison system seems pretty hollow. We're talking about a man's freedom here, and if this last effort fails he'll spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Some things just aren't very much fun in this business.
Pray for our friend, and others like him. There are more.
Please pray for HFP.