The appeal decision
- Ira's appeal was rejected. That doesn't make his guilt one iota
more or less certain than five minutes ago. In fact, I suspect the
appeal decision has holes in it big enough to drive a truck through,
but I'm not an attorney, I'm not able to assess that. If Ira could
afford an attorney who is worth his salt, he might yet go free. If
all the people who blew smoke up his ass before the accusation came
to his defense with a few dollars in hand, he might have been able to
afford a real attorney, not a couple of flakes from the public
There is a young man in my community, Zach R., who was accused of
double homicide by a zealous DA who needed to pin the rap on someone.
Anyone would do, and Zach had no money. He was represented by the
public defender who advised Zach to plea insanity since he did, in
fact, have a history of psychiatric illness. Zach refused. His family
managed to persuade a courageous attorney, David Nick, to represent
Zach, for a pittance. Nick believed in Zach.
Two weeks ago, after spending four and a half years in custody, an
appellate court threw out the charges, and Zach walked out of court a
free man. The evidence had been bogus to begin with, and the D.A.
knew it, even collaborated in it, and withheld other, exculpatory
evidence. The exact same circumstances as Ira's. I have approached
Nick about representing Ira, as well as Tony Serra, but these folks
have to make a living.
People who have been so quick to judge Ira might at least have the
decency to try to conceal their glee. You come across like witches
from MacBeth. It would do you well to remember the number of false
convictions every year in this country and be glad that Ira has not
been executed. I would like nothing better than to insist you eat
your words when the identity of the true killer is established and
Ira is exonerated. Even then, you probably will insist on Ira's
guilt. Your sort is never wrong.
Jim Sorrells, still seeking a fair trial for Ira, in Guerneville