November 22, 2015
Wow, a whole year has gone by with little change in Justin’s case. The lawyers have filed motions for dismissal at the next highest appellate court after being turned down by the first level. They have vowed to go all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. That’s how much they believe in Justin’s innocence. Meanwhile, however, Justin is still under extreme bond restrictions. He has settled a life for himself with reading, exercise, helping with chores, walking the dogs… He longs for more and we pray constantly that this case will be positively resolved early next year.
New November 24, 2014
Today we learned that the motions denied by the judge in September will be appealed to the Appellate Court, which is a good thing. I think he will still have to make some pre-trial hearings, but the dates aren’t set yet. And, the party never ends…
New September 2, 2014: Family and friends rallied behind Justin as he was in court two days last week. His wonderful lawyers, Don Flanary III and Chad Van Brundt argued two significant motions, one for “no probable cause” regarding the search warrant. The other was dismissal of a ‘confession’ Justin made to two detectives from NB–without his lawyer being present. Yes, that happened. No surprise, the judge denied both.
What’s next? Flanary and Van Brundt continue the quest for justice by appealing the decisions to the 3rd Court of Appeals. That will only take a couple of years. Yes, that the way it happens.
In the meantime, they will ask for the bond restrictions to be eased so at least Justin might be able to work.
Sitting in court, listening to witnesses for the defense define social media, hyperbole, and other aspects of the law was very interesting. As my granddaughter said, “It’s really nothing like they show on TV.” I considered it a real learning experience–however unfortunate the reason we were all there in the first place.
Thanks to all our friends and supporters and our lawyers for whom we have the utmost respect.
I want to add that in no way do we make light of what Justin wrote, only that it was meant to be a sarcastic retort.
June 23, 2014: More trial delays. Not sure what’s happening. I trust the lawyers 100% to be doing an excellent job for my grandson. Justin and I laughed all the way home talking about “Game of Thrones” characters. We definitely do not agree on favorites.
May 9, 2014: Justin’s new court date is June 19th. Ironically both Juneteenth, “the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States” (read more), and Justin’s brother Logan’s birthday. Hopefully this auspicious date will translate to a full dismissal of all charges. Please sign the petition page at change.org, where there are usually updates as well.
March 2014:Latest article from the Austin Chronicle. Pretty much sums up what’s been happening. Next court date is March 27, 2014.
December 2013:Justin is still going to court for pre-trial hearings, about once a month. The next pre-trial hearing is on December 16, 2013. It would be a nice Christmas gift if his case was dismissed and he was free to get back to his job and life.
Thanks to an anonymous donor angel, Justin’s $500,000.00 bail was paid in full and he was released to his family on July 11th. It is not over yet, as the charges are still pending. We are grateful he is no longer in jail. Check the news for other updates.
OK, I’m really diving in now. Since June 25, when my son did his first interview about Justin’s plight, the story has spread across the world. Never in my life did I think my family would be the center of a story that continues to make the airwaves, printed media and rounds on the internet.
I also find rather Kafkaesque Justin’s arrest and subsequent incarceration, the outrageous bond, and the unwillingness of the prosecution to even entertain the fact that they have blown a comment completely out of proportion.
I think one of the reasons this story hits home is because there is a whole generation of citizens out there who understand the propensity of ‘trash talk’ on internet forums and games. Facebook has become a repository of some of the banter. Cruise around the internet and you’ll find comments that certainly make my generation cringe. But, criminal? I think not. It’s also the reality of jailhouse abuse that has us angry and upset. Should it be accepted that every person behind bars is abused and that’s just part of the punishment? To me that’s criminal.
I’ve read so many stories, with so many spins on the facts, though I thank them all for getting the word out. I thought the one from the Christian Science Monitor was the most intelligent. Plus a video from Sky Williams who also made a fundraising page.
Needless to say, we love everyone of you who has supported Justin in comments, by signing the pledge (86,918 as if post time). Please support the fundraisers for bail. I promise the money will go to getting Justin out of jail. I also thank the most excellent attorney, Donald H. Flanary III for his time and expertise on this case.
I look forward to hugging my grandson in the flesh very soon.