ACTION ALERT!The court hearing we've been waiting for in the Ashley Williams case is scheduled for 11 am, Wednesday, June 13, Room 302, John Marshall Courts Building, 400 N. 9th St. in downtown Richmond. The courthouse is just north of East Marshall St., behind City Hall. If you're driving, come a little early, because parking is tight.
At this hearing, Judge Margaret Spencer is to decide on the only motion now before the court: whether Ms. Williams will be granted her request to be represented by attorney Pauline Ewald. If Judge Spencer rules against Ms. Williams, the case will go back to Judge Richard Taylor, for sentencing. There will be no trial. Ms. Williams is facing up to 45 years for a crime she did not commit.
We have got to pack the courtroom on Wednesday. Please recommit to being there and bringing as many people as you can. It is now obvious that the court system and most media would like to keep this case as quiet as possible. It's our job to make sure the public is aware of it.
For more information on the case, please go to www.DefendersFJE.org to read the statement that has been released by the Coalition for Justice, the Virginia NAACP, the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality and the Alliance for Progressive Values. Also, see the Defenders news story posted below that.
The Defenders also are urging everyone to support the courageous Virginia prisoners carrying out a hunger strike at the notorious Red Onion State prison. (See http://virginiaprisonstrike.blogspot.com/)