Dear Friends and Supporters:
Since we last updated you after the Evidentiary Hearing (Sept 2012), much has happened in the legal case: First a renewed sense that Jeff’s vindication was imminent, followed by a year during which post-hearing briefs were filed. Then, many agonizing months waiting for the district court’s decision.
In July 2014, Judge Fox (who has presided over the case for nearly 25 years to date) ruled against us unilaterally. This was not unexpected, given that he has never once ruled in favor of the defense through all of that time. Each of his denials has resulted in an appeal to the 4th Circuit; indeed, it was the 4th Circuit which remanded the case back to Judge Fox for an evidentiary hearing that he had ruled against convening.
I (Kathryn) specifically recall Judge Fox commenting to the lawyers at the close of the hearing that he hoped the post-trial briefs would the last step in providing “the totality of the evidence”. He then said, (in effect) ‘…But in this case, you never know when something else might come up’.
His thoughts were prophetic: Before the defense could even begin taking substantive action to appeal, Attorney General Eric Holder’s office (the OAG) sent prosecutors the results of an investigation of 3 key forensic experts. In its scathing report, the OAG found that disgraced former FBI agent Michael Malone (who falsely testified about the origins of 22” synthetic blonde fibers found in a hairbrush by the phone which corroborated testimony shows Helena Stoeckley answered during the murders) scientist Paul Stombaugh (who executed the dramatic but incredibly un-scientific “pajama top experiment”) and FBI agent Robert Fram (who was deeply involved in the evaluation and dissemination of exhibits for DNA testing) – all presented misleading, overstated, or fraudulent findings as fact –not just in “other cases” as prosecutors have long maintained- but in the MACDONALD CASE.
Just this week, defense counsel moved the court to vacate Jeff’s conviction based on these admissions from the Justice Department itself. These revelations alone exemplify devastating Constitutional violations; in the context of the “evidence as a whole” the damage to the government’s “case” is irreparable.
There is no force more powerful than the Truth. It refuses to be subdued, ignored or vanquished. We enter the New Year, tenacious and unwavering, and grateful for the incredible dedication of our morally grounded friends and supporters.
Jeff and Kathryn MacDonald
JIMMY B. BRITT
September 25, 1938 - October 19, 2008
His strength and integrity will never be forgotten
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"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Schopenhauer