by Sally Joughin, People Against Injustice
People Against Injustice has been following the case of George Gould for many years. His mother, Martha, was one of the original members of PAI when it started back in the late 1990s.
If you are familiar with PAI activities and interests, you will know that George Gould and Ron Taylor were out of prison for a year and a half, after winning a Habeas appeal in 2010. They spoke at a PAI event along with one of the lawyers and their investigator Jerry O’Donnell. Jerry’s diligent investigation over several years was responsible for the men’s release.
However, the prosecutors appealed and won, forcing a second Habeas for George. Ron had unfortunately passed away in the meantime. George went back to prison. In the midst of George’s second Habeas trial in 2012, prosecutors charged Jerry O’Donnell with bribery and tampering with the “eyewitness” whose recantation at the first Habeas trial had freed them. The “witness” then refused to testify. And George was not successful at the trial.
PAI members have attended all these different trials and hearings. Although we know that Jerry did not bribe or tamper to get the recantation, nevertheless, he was convicted by a jury at a trial a few months ago. Jerry’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. It will take place at the Superior Court in Rockville CT, and support from community members is needed. Contact Mary Johnson about this at (203) 387-7858 to confirm the date & time or to get more information about the case.