Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Phone Call from Upstate Correctional Facility

My phone rang at 5:51 PM. The caller ID read "Garden City, NY".  It was Amy, Robert Moore's girlfriend, who asked if I'd like to speak to Robert. Of course I said yes.

Robert was calling from Upstate Correctional Facility, obviously. His voice was energized as he greeted me. He went on to thank me for the work on his behalf and told me several times how much he appreciates my advocating on his behalf. He also told me that he and Amy are spreading word of the GoGetFunding page we've set up in order to raise the $3000 necessary for our attorney to be retained and take on Robert's case in earnest. We are seeking an appeal of Robert's 2014 conviction and want to have his 18 year prison sentence vacated.

This was the first phone call I've ever received from prison. In all the years of working on Shane Watson's behalf, Shane and I have never spoken by phone, only in actual visits.

Phone service companies benefit nicely from the hyper-incarceration which exists in the US. According to

Prison phone contracts are based on a "commission" model, where the phone service provider pays a commission (kickback) to the contracting government agency, such as a state prison system or county jail. These kickbacks inflate the costs of prison and jail phone calls, which in the vast majority of cases are paid not by prisoners but by their family members. 

NY State prisons do not take a "kickback", to their credit. 

Here are current prices for a 15-minute prison call in NY State: 

Cost of a 15-minute Intrastate Call

Same state$0.72$0.72$0.72

Detailed rates

Same state0.048/min0.048/min0.048/min

Phone service providers

Data current as of 2017-2018

Will Duchon
July 27, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Updates on Shane & Robert

Paula and Shane Watson
Shane Watson continues to wait expectantly for a positive decision from the Federal Court about his case. The best result, of course, would be for the Court to vacate Shane's conviction and set a release date. Thanks to the many supporters of Shane Watson through the years we have arrived at this point, after a long road, the longest road being that traveled by Shane himself.

I never want to overlook the generosity and passionate dedication to Shane's case as demonstrated by Doug Walters. Doug currently resides in Chicago with his wife Leonore, who is experiencing debilitating physical issues at this time. Doug did the legwork for the investigation into Shane's case, and did it voluntarily, completely unpaid. This involved trips to the Bronx, interviewing people connected to the case, interviewing (or at least trying to) detectives that "worked" the case initially, visits to Shane in prison, and more. We also are very grateful to our attorney Robert Boyle of NYC, as well as the donated assistance of Rebecca Freedman of The Exoneration Initiative.

At this writing, Shane is in his 24th year of incarceration.

Robert Moore, who is serving an 18 year sentence at Upstate Correctional Facility (wrongfully) is maintaining a positive outlook, under the circumstances. Mr. Moore was convicted of assault and attempted murder in 2015, as a result of being violently attacked while stopped at a BP gas station in Long Island.

The Opus 30 Mission has taken up Mr. Moore's case, details of which can be found on our GoGetFunding page. We are raising funds ($3000) in order for Mr. Moore to retain the services of Robert Boyle, our attorney, for an appeal. I urge you to read Robert's story, and share it.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Fundraising with GoGetFunding

Meet Robert K. Moore

Mr. Robert K. Moore is 49 years old and currently incarcerated at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, NY.  On January 19, 2014, Mr. Moore was arrested in Wyandanch, NY, a hamlet of Babylon, NY in Long Island. He was subsequently tried and convicted of Attempted Murder 2 and Assault 1 in the Suffolk County Criminal Court. His release date is set for April of 2029.

On the evening of January 19, 2014, Robert Moore and his girlfriend were returning to their home in Dix Hills, NY after attending a party. Mr. Moore stopped at a gas station on "Straight Path", the main drag in Wyandanch. Straight Path was a familiar to Robert as an area where crimes occurred regularly. While stopped at the gas station, Mr. Moore began to open the trunk of his car in order to retrieve his girlfriend's pocket book. Suddenly, an individual later identified as Solomon Myailtha ("Africa") came from behind a parked white van. Mr. Myailtha removed a three-foot length of fence post from the van. The fence post had black electrical tape wrapped around the handle. While Mr. Moore's back was turned, Myailtha struck Mr. Moore on the back of his head with the steel pipe. Mr. Moore fought back. The police were called to the scene, and Mr. Moore was arrested, charged with Assault in the 3rd degree, shortly upgraded to Assault 2. Mr. Moore was held in the Suffolk County Jail until his arraignment, due to bail being set at $1,000,000.  The entire incident was captured on video tape. Robert Moore sat in Riverhead County Jail for 16 months awaiting trial.

The trial judge, William Condon, offered Robert a sentence of three years if Robert would plead guilty to charges of Attempted Murder 2 and Assault 1 (defined as an assault with an intention to kill). Believing in his innocence stemming from simply defending himself against a violent attack, Robert rejected this offer, and asked for a trial. Represented by Suffolk County Legal Aid, Robert was convicted and sentenced to 18 years.


My name is Robert Moore. I am 49 years old. I grew up in Suffolk County on Long Island, in Wyandanch, NY, until my parents moved to North Babylon, NY, where I enrolled in Deer Park School System, graduating high school in 1986. My family owned and operated Moore's Taxi Service since 1968. After graduation, I worked in the electrical field. In 2010 I attended Career Institute of Health & Technology where I became certified in Residential Electrics. I started my own light construction business. I have 6 children, 3 step-children and 4 grandchildren, one of which is starting kindergarten in the fall. I am so proud and would love to be there to see them grow, since they are not babies for very long. I love cooking and baking, and I love to travel.

If anyone reading this still believes in justice (not the justice system), and believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity at justice, I am asking for their support. I am seeking to raise funds in order to hire Mr. Robert Boyle as my attorney.


As many followers of Shane Watson's case know, Mr. Robert Boyle has been Shane's attorney throughout our efforts to exonerate Shane, and is willing to take on Robert Moore's defense in his attempt to receive a new trial or an appeal. This case is new to me, and I will continue to share details of the case, but after reviewing the trial transcripts and police records, Mr. Boyle feels that this is a miscarriage of justice, as do I. The Opus 30 Mission is seeking $3000 in order to retain Mr. Boyle. I will be setting up a GoFundMe page for Robert Moore which will be linked to this blog. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting and Hopeful

Another letter from Shane today, concluding with these thoughts: 

"It won't or can't be too much longer, that good news and order from the Federal Court! The law and the facts are definitely on our side, and not leaving out our God. (Hallelujah)
                                                                   your brother and friend,

Saturday, May 20, 2017

8,603 Days

Today, May 20, 2017, is day number 8,603 for Shane. 8,603 days in prison for a crime he did not commit. To suggest one perspective, since the day Shane was convicted (October 31, 1993) four presidents have occupied The White House. 

In his letter to me dated May 16, Shane described a typical day at Otisville, the medium-security "facility" where Shane currently "resides". 

"Those cell days (at the maximum-security prisons) are far behind me. I'm in a medium-security prison where they try to weed the guys down to some normalcy. We are not in cells, we are in dorms with cubes, 50 men to a dorm. No more real privacy, but no more bars. We get to use a refrigerator and freezer, stoves and an oven and we have more movement. My so-called job is really a program at the commissary, Monday-Thursday, 8AM-2 PM. The pay is $7.25 per week. 

We can use the library or law library a couple of days each week. (To do this) you have to be placed on a call-out, so you have to sign up in advance. 

We have services Monday night, which is Prayer Night. Bible Study on Wednesdays and Thursday nights. Friday night is for movies, and Saturday night is for (church) services in Spanish. We also have (church) services on Sunday mornings as well as the first two Sunday nights each month. I attend the Monday, and Sunday services and the movies on Friday nights. I'm usually worn out after the work at the commissary, for real.

I have to walk a mile coming and going to the Mess Hall if I want to eat (unbelievable). I only go if they have something I can eat, which isn't always.

I try to avoid any confrontation and stay positive and do my pull-ups and wash up in the morning when the crowd isn't there (smile). In this environment when one guy gets a cold or bug it passes around fast if you're not careful. As you know, I am covered in the blood (hallelujah).  
I wait, always looking forward to that call (to be released from prison), which isn't easy, but praise God for that blessed assurance! Amen!

I expect to hear that good news any day. The waiting is hard.

Your brother & friend,

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jeffrey Deskovic & The Slow Wheels of Justice

Jeffrey Deskovic

In 1990, 16 year-old Jeffrey Deskovic was convicted of the rape and murder of Angela Correa, a 15-year old student at Peekskill High School in NY.  After seven hours of police interrogation (during which no parent or attorney was present) and the persuasive power of fear and fabricated evidence, Deskovic confessed to the crime despite his innocence. He was sentenced to 15 years to life, and spent 16 years in prison. The Innocence Project finally put an end to Deskovic’s saga, proving through DNA testing that Deskovic was not the perpetrator. The DNA evidence eventually led to the conviction of another man.

Using funds from a settlement, Deskovic admirably set up The Deskovic Foundation for Justice, based in the Bronx, NY. The Foundation provides counsel to wrongfully convicted persons, and also advocates for legislative changes to help prevent future wrongful convictions.

In 2012, we appealed to The Deskovic Foundation for assistance in Shane Watson’s case of wrongful conviction. I spoke to someone in the office about the case and was told that their office would follow up on it.

On February 22 of this year, Shane received a letter from The Deskovic Foundation. The letter claimed that the organization was “swamped with requests for help while also having a limited staff.” The letter thanked Shane for his patience, and asked for several documents pertaining to the case, such as the appellate brief, police reports, and a questionnaire.  The letter concluded with an underlined sentence in bold type: we have not yet decided to accept your case.

The work of The Deskovic Foundation for Justice is admirable, as is the work of The Innocence Project, The Exoneration Initiative (which has provided paralegal assistance to us) and other similar organizations working on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. What is startling is that this letter from The Deskovic Foundation took five years to be generated. If we were to proceed with applying for assistance from The Deskovic Foundation, it would easily be another two years before any substantial action on Shane’s behalf would take place. That’s two more years in prison, added onto the twenty-three Shane has already spent behind bars.

Fortunately, our case is now in the hands of the Federal Court and we are not in need of further legal assistance. When Shane sent a copy of the Deskovic Foundation letter to me his words were “Praise God for where we’re at!” Indeed.

A Phone Call from Upstate Correctional Facility

My phone rang at 5:51 PM. The caller ID read "Garden City, NY".  It was Amy, Robert Moore's girlfriend, who asked if I'...