Help us bring our brother home!
Organized by: Bethany Cahours
Bethany Cahours via Crowdrise
April 29, 2015
I met with Miss Downing, our new attorney, today and went over the case in-depth. It was a great meeting and we talked about our next steps. We are for sure going to be filing a motion asking the judge to reconsider re-sentencing. Fancy way of saying, we are fighting to bring Jeremy home SOONER! We are going to make this happen!
We may also be pursuing an action that deals with insufficient counsel - this has to do with the trial attorney not calling witnesses when he was asked to and so on. Miss Downing and another attorney will be determining if that course of action is viable and I'm going to be meeting with them again next Wednesday to finalize our plans.
Things are moving, everybody! I spoke to Jeremy on the phone for half an hour earlier and he went over some of the detailed research he's done in the law library regarding Florida statutes. I typed up a looooong email with this info and sent it to the attorney. Jeremy said he cannot even describe what a weight is off his shoulders just knowing he has an excellent attorney working on his case. You have helped to make this happen!
Also, Miss Downing is willing to take the $1245 we have raised so far as a retainer! I've updated the Crowdrise page to reflect that we will need at the least $2500 to bring the motion for reconsideration; if we pursue the insufficient counsel route which Jeremy very much wants to do, then the cost will be $5500. Please share this post and give, and thank you to those who have already given - every gift helps and Jeremy (and the rest of us) are more than grateful for your generosity.
The Florida Supreme court has ruled on case law that directly affects how the jury was instructed in Jeremy's sentencing, two years ago in April.
This means that he is going back for a new sentencing hearing. He was originally indicted on two counts, and the worse felony count is the one being dropped based on the higher court's ruling.
Jeremy has a pretrial conference set for Thursday, April 16th, at which point based on the appeals court ruling, upheld by the Florida Supreme Court, the judge will remove the hit and run charge - a first-degree felony - from his record, leaving the remaining manslaughter charge which is a second-degree conviction.
(For in-depth information about case, please visit http://webdefine.com/jeremys-legal-fees)
We are hoping and praying and preparing for him to have better representation at this new sentencing hearing, and we need your help!
We're racing to engage a highly recommended local attorney to argue at the pretrial conference that the judge should revisit the sentencing on the first count, since removing that first degree charge reduces Jeremy's points and, we hope, will precipitate his sentence on the other count being reduced.
This is huge and we've been working so hard to get to this place - getting a great attorney is paramount and we need your help to cover this! Please give so that we can work toward getting Jeremy home to his daughter and the rest of our family sooner. Thank you!