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AUGUST 25, 2008 The doors of the prison open. Yuma, a hot day, but Manny’s free. He’s said his goodbyes to friends. Karista is waiting. They married while he was in prison. No history of living together. He’s got over $4000 in his pocket. Money earned from jobs he worked in prison. He was a dependable worker and one of the companies offered him a position as a supervisor upon.. Read More
Manny 3 “Pack your stuff, you’re out of here.” At the stroke of midnight on Manny’s 17th birthday, his cell is opened and he’s transferred from a juvenile only minimum security unit to a high medium security yard. No time to say good bye to the young men he had lived with the last two years. He has to start all over forging relationships with new guards, new inmates. The.. Read More
THE UNMAKING OF A MURDERER – Part 2 We find the trial court committed reversible error by failing to allow the defendant to place into evidence the statements of George Moreno. We thereby order that the case be reversed,the conviction vacated and the case remanded to Pima County Superior Court. State versus Mejias Arizona Supreme Court We are elated, but know the state will retry Manny. The Pima County Attorneys.. Read More
In the summer of l988 Manny Mejias, 15, was forging checks, doing drugs and was the wrong crowd. His parents worked long hours, didn’t have a clue. Linda, Manny’s sister and confidante, the only positive influence in his life, left for college. On Feb. 12,1988 Manny helped commit a murder. I was his lawyer. Two friends of Manny, George, 18, and Dave, 17, asked his help to get revenge on.. Read More
ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE One day in l994 Pauline Siegel, a 35 year-old elementary school teacher in good health, bent down and was instantly paralyzed from the waist down. What could be worse than that? A trip to the emergency room and learning that the doctor not only doesn’t know what’s wrong but implies, “It’s in your head.” What could be worse than that? Enduring.. Read More