Friday, November 17, 2017

Happy 52nd Birthday, Shane



Tuesday, November 21, 2017 is Shane’s 52nd birthday. It is also the 24th birthday Shane has spent wrongfully imprisoned.

This year, we are hopeful that this will be Shane’s final birthday spent behind bars at Otisville Correctional. We continue to await good news from the Federal Court regarding Shane’s exoneration, or at least receiving a new trial, given that we have new and compelling evidence of his innocence.

 The truth is that Shane’s case should never have gone to trial to begin with back in 1993, since there was no evidence of his guilt. Instead a sloppy non-investigation and the coerced testimony of very reluctant “eyewitnesses” cost Shane 24 years of his freedom.

As always, Shane remains hopeful and continues to inspire me with his courage.

If you’d like to send Shane a card and/or a note, it would certainly lift his spirits:

Mr. Shane Watson
DIN 93A9384
c/o Otisville Correctional Facility
PO Box 8
Otisville, NY 10963

NOTE: envelopes MUST include a return address or they will not be delivered. Also, no food is permitted to be sent.





Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Letter from Prison

This is a letter from Robert Moore, an inmate at Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone, NY. 
Robert is serving an 18-year sentence.


September 26, 2017

Dear Reader,

I would like to start this letter thanking you for taking the time to read it. I am also thanking anyone for a response and for supporting my case in any way.

I am currently incarcerated in the Upstate Correctional Facility, charged with Attempted  Murder and
Assault 1 from an incident that transpired on January 19, 2014 in Wyandanch, Long Island, NY. I was on my way home from a night out with my spouse. I stopped at a gas station on Straight Path and while looking into my car's trunk a known drug addict creeped up behind me, removed a three-foot pipe from his sweat pants and hit me in the back of my head. The whole incident was captured on the gas station's video system. He continued the attack by swinging the pipe 6 or 7 more times. I protected myself and fought back.

I went to trial in Suffolk County and was found guilty because I did not retreat. I was sentenced to 18 years. I appealed my conviction and was denied. I am now petitioning the Federal Court by way of habeas corpus. I am not familiar with the Federal process, but I am in contact with a post-conviction lawyer who is willing to take on my case. His name is Robert J. Boyle, and his office is located at 277 Broadway in New York City. Mr. Boyle is requesting $2500 as a retainer fee in order to start working on my case, so I am asking anyone who can help to please do so .

In the last 45 months I have learned that "rehabilitation" means "to purchase back with interest." I know that I am worth more in society than I am in prison. I was a good father, step-father, brother, uncle, and friend. My relationships have been destroyed because time has a way of destroying.

Every day I say to myself "this is not the end of my story." I'm reaching out on faith that there is someone somewhere who is willing to step up and help a person known for helping others. I thank you in advance for any response and support.

Sincerely,
Robert Moore
# 15-0195
c/o Upstate Correctional Facility
PO Box 2001
Malone, NY 12953


Contributions towards Robert's legal fees can be made at GoGetFunded






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  Robert Moore's friend, 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 his family and friends 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 prisonphonejustice.org:


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

CollectPrepaidDebit
Same state$0.72$0.72$0.72
Local$0.72$0.72$0.72

Detailed rates

CollectPrepaidDebit
Same state0.048/min0.048/min0.048/min
Local0.048/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

PLEASE SUPPORT JUSTICE FOR ROBERT K. MOORE

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 a friend 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.


A NOTE FROM ROBERT K. MOORE:

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.


A NOTE FROM WILL DUCHON:

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,
                                                                   Shane



Happy 52nd Birthday, Shane

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 is Shane’s 52 nd birthday . It is also the 24 th birthday Shane has spent wrongfully imprisoned. This ...