Many of you are already quite familiar with the Smtih/Allen case. If you need a refresher, the link below (from a post made on 5/12/12) contains a summary of this very complicated case.
There have been some disturbing recent developments.
Judge Burge recused himself from the case. (I suspect this might have been done under duress.) A new judge has been appointed.
The new judge is going to hold a resentencing hearing on June 5th.
Like Nancy Smith, Joseph has applied for clemency. Joseph’s lawyer hopes to keep him free until a decision is made on the clemency petition.
If the judge grants that, he would be free on bond. Bond would most likely be set for $100,000 as it was when Joseph was first released from prison.
If we pay a bondsman, the fee will be 10% or $10,000.
The National Center for Reason and Justice does have a Prisoner Relief Fund for such contingencies. We cannot, however, spare $10,000.
We could if we could get some additional contributions to the fund.
I hope you will consider making a donation to the NCRJ’s Prisoner Relief Fund. The Smith/Allen case is as bad a miscarriage of justice as I have seen.
You can send a check to:
Roxbury MA 02119-1582
Indicate “Prisoner Releif Fund” on your check.
You can also donate online: http://ncrj.org/donate/
Joseph is in terrible danger. I hope you will be able to help us keep him free.