In the 22 years I have been fighting my wrongful conviction, I have been faced with those who would say “let it go, get on with your life, you can’t win,” and there have been times when I had to wonder whether I was just becoming obsessed with the fight after so many hundreds of hours or research and typing and retyping and dwelling on the same thing over and over again only to be denied in the appellate courts.
As a result of a failure to register conviction in 2011, I served three more wasted years and am currently on AB 109 Community Supervision, which for some, is worse than parole. Anyway, I chose to fight the onerous conditions of probation such as the right to attend sacred ceremonies and use a computer, subscribe to the internet, and access the law library.
My first round in the court was an absolute nightmare and I was not well-received. However, at the next court date, everything changed. I was appointed a new public defender, the hearing was in a different courtroom, and everything just felt different. To make a long story short, I WON everything I asked for which, isn’t much, but a victory is a victory and I am so happy that I spent so much time fighting and fighting and fighting.
The lesson learned here is “don’t give up the fight.” I have two more battles to win this year and if I am successful, I shall be exonerated and free at last! Never let “them” take your spirit!”
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