Court Timeline: UPDATED (1/14/2020)

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

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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2 Responses to Court Timeline: UPDATED (1/14/2020)

  1. Melanie Ravencroft says:

    Sean and Emelia, I saw Emelia’s post in a group on Facebook about getting ready to come get married. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS, WHAT TIME, I WILL BE THERE IN SPIRIT. I spent four hours reading these posts Sean’s blog story, etc. HOW DO I FOLLOW THIS? I am going to follow Emelia on facebook, IMPORTANT, Sean, PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO PEN PAL YOU. I AM PRAYING FOR YOU. I want to know more about who is helping in your defence, and will be researching for you, and have an idea. Let me know how I can help. BOTH OF YOU PRAY without ceasing , “A threefold cord is not easily broken.”


    • Melanie, thank you for reading and for your comment! You can click the subscribe button on our blog to get email updates whenever we post. Our wedding ceremony was August 12th at around 9am. Feel free to write to Sean, his address is:
      Sean O’Brien F48233
      Po Box 3461
      Corcoran, CA 93212
      Thanks for your support! 🙂 God Bless


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