Trip to the hearing at the 9th Circuit Court

The days leading up to and immediately after the hearing were an intense time for me. I didn’t know it I was going to walk away from it with elation and joy or disappointment and defeat. I was not on my A-game when it came to taking pictures to document this journey, I was definitely not feeling 100%. I wish I had captured our anticipation the night before, or the relief as we left San Fransisco across the golden gate bridge but sadly it just didn’t happen. However here are the images I managed to capture. The main thing is that the hearing went to well and Sean is coming home  -Emelia

Oral arguments hearing at the 9th Circuit Court video:


The Amtrak train I took to San Fransisco


Trying not to fall asleep on Amtrak, wearing my FREEDOM shirt for Sean


The night before the hearing Debbie, Elisa and I went to Pier 39 to walk around and get some dinner. There were many little shops there but none of them caught my eye as much as this honey stand! I walked up to it and chatted with the guy about the local honey I buy at home and he gave me these 2 honey sticks, one for me and one for Sean!



The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fransisco


In front of the 9th Circuit Court in San Fransisco


The court house completely blew me away. Inside it was all carved marble, intricate designs and statues. Even the ceiling of the room the hearing took place in was all carved marble and stained glass. This place looked and felt very impressive, and rightly so. It was serious business and we were there to support Sean and we walked away victorious!

Thank you so much to everyone who prayed, thought about Sean that day, sent us love, or good vibes or meditated about it. THANK YOU! We appreciate your support it means more than you know.

About Sean & Eiam

Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in adult court in El Dorado County, California and sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 16 without a shred of physical evidence tying him to the crime for which he was convicted. Sean and I have been friends since grade school and we were married in 2017. We live and grow together in love with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith, and hope for our future. We embrace this journey, wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to our hearts. This blog is about the past we share, our life together and our fight for justice. Thank you for reading. God bless.
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