The Court Timeline:
-January 17-18th, 2017 Evidentiary Hearing in Sacramento
-February 17, 2017: Transcripts from the Evidentiary Hearing obtained
-March 17, 2017: Nickerson (Sean’s lawyer) filed post Evidentiary Hearing brief
-May 22nd, Extended to July 21, Extended AGAIN to August 10, 2017: Attorney General filed brief in response
– September 17, 2017: Nickerson filed brief in response
– January 2020 still no ruling 3 YEARS LATER
We expect a ruling any day now, and it is in our prayers daily. It has been nearly 3 years since the Evidentiary Hearing. It shows how slowly those wheels of “justice” turn…are they even turning at all?! What a broken, corrupt injustice system we have here in the US.
Neither of us ever imagined it was possible we could still be waiting this long. No one anticipated having to file post hearing briefs, it is not typical, and of course we didn’t expect this long of a delay. We have been told by outside sources who are familiar with the legal system that the delay is actually a ‘good sign’, meaning if the magistrate were going to rule against Sean, she would have done so right away. It is harder and more lengthy to write the final decision to overturn his case so that it cannot be appealed than to deny him. It hardly seems fair that in state court the magistrate is limited to 60 days for the final ruling. Let’s pray for good things to happen soon. Thank you to those who are keeping Sean’s case in their thoughts and prayers. God bless.
“This delay hurt more than the first one did. It felt like we were sitting in a boat being pulled slowly along by a teeny tiny thread and today the thread broke. Now I am just hoping to be carried along by the current to shore.
People always say that inmates are the ones who have no concern for others and that they don’t care about other people. Well that’s wrong, it’s the prosecutors, the AG, and the judge who doesn’t care. They don’t care that my family is hurting.
This hurts but I pray to God that He hears our prayers. I know we proved everything we needed to and more at the Evidentiary Hearing and that legally speaking we will win.” -Sean, July 21, 2017
late July 2017
I have a friend who’s aunt works with Centurion Ministries, a non-profit that works to free the wrongly convicted. Right before the Evidentiary Hearing she told me it might take up to 6 months to get Sean home once the EH was over. I was devastated, the idea of waiting 6 more months was absolutely crushing to me. Now here we are, more than 6 months after the Evidentiary Hearing and nowhere close to getting a ruling from the judge. We are simply stuck, unable to even move forward with the court stuff because this Attorney General wants to hold out for as long as he possibly can just because he knows he is about to lose. He knows he is about to go down for everything that was done to Sean. Making him wait longer just adds insult to injury, as if 14 years isn’t long enough already. -Emelia
“I am speechless that it is taking this long.” -Sean, September 2018