waiting again

What a difference a week makes!

It is early morning, I slept in until a little after 5:30 am, and this morning’s wait for James Prindle’s sentencing hearing feels completely different from last Wednesday’s vigil. The fearful apprehension is gone.

Last night Mike Scholl and I had a talk and I feel confident that James Prindle’s fate is in good hands. I am so thankful that we found this good and generous man. Last night I learned that he has reduced his normal fee $25,000. And I never even asked for it.

It is really so interesting how working on these cases presents the best and the worst in humanity. Were it not for people like Mike Scholl, I think I would despair for the human race.


Last night I really needed the lift that the conversation with Mike gave me. Stephen called to tell me that, at the worst possible time for his well being, James was experiencing a meltdown. It seems that Rose Stanley paid him a visit yesterday and filled his head with all kinds of ideas designed to undermine his confidence in us and in the support we have been providing.

He called Stephen and made all kinds of accusations which replicated almost word-for-word those which Rose had made to me the day before. The poor kid was freaking out and sure that we have been using him and would abandon him just like almost every other adult has in his life. Rose is a smart and persuasive person. She knows James and knows what buttons to push.

If Rose truly cared about James, she would not have timed her visit the day before this hearing when James needs to be at his best. It is despicable. I’ve put her picture back up on last Friday’s blog post. She has shown her true colors.


7:30 am –  Stephen has just called from the courthouse. He and a guard are the only ones in the courtroom.

He will call back when there is some news to report.

9:40 am – Stephen has just called back. The court is in session and Mike has still not arrived; but James’ case will probably not come up until the end of the session. Nevertheless, Stephen said the tension is making him nervous. Stephen says James is in the courtroom and looks pretty despondent. Rose’s visit has had its effect, as if it were even necessary under the circumstances.

11:15 am – People are e-mailing and calling asking for news.

Gloria wrote and shared these links with me: http://www.google.es/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=jaame%20prindle%20sentencing&source=web&cd=18&ved=0CGQQFjAHOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wmctv.com%2Fstory%2F19036675%2Fhuman-trafficking-victim-its-happening-here-in-memphis-and-shelby-county&ei=stoGUKLHLNSHhQfJ08XOBw&usg=AFQjCNE2ofvQBKhLoamX67lbWHbJuupO2g (which reports that about 100 cases of human trafficking were documented last year in Shelby County TN) and http://www.endslaverytn.org/get-involved/redflags/ (which lists the warning signs to look for to recognize a sex trafficking victim).

Matt wrote, “Still praying for a good outcome for James, and hopefully a successful appeal, but stories like this don’t bode well for his chances in an adult prison,” and provided this link:  http://www.wmctv.com/story/19031905/jailhouse-beating-for-a-man-charged-with-child-rape.

11:22 am – Stephen called and our long wait is over. James’ sentencing hearing has been delayed again until August 24.

The attorneys passed the baton before the television news cameras in a very classy and collegial manner. Claiborne Ferguson has apparently filed motions to the Tennessee Supreme Court challenging the jurisdictional matter of whether it is even appropriate for James to be sentenced as an adult rather than as a child.

The judge said that he had received over 150 letters from people urging him to send James to Boys Town, but that they were all from people outside the jurisdiction; he would not be able to consider this possibility, he said, unless one of the attorneys were to request it.

James will  remain at Jail East at least until August 24, if not longer. At the conclusion of the hearing, James turned around, looked at Stephen, and smiled.

We can all breathe a sigh of relief and feel a sense of accomplishment that we have made a difference. Thank you to all who have written letters, donated money, and provided other support for James.


I have just made a second payment to Mike Scholl’s office. This leaves our account with about $500. Another $1,300 is in the process of being transferred to us from PayPal and the Juvenile Law Society, which will replenish the account to a minimum level for us to comfortably meet our day-to-day expenses. Remember, we have seven other kids besides James.

We have paid Mike a little more than half his agreed fee of $15,000. We have $4,000 in outstanding pledges which still need to be collected. This leaves us with a balance of $3,000 which needs to be raised to pay for James’ defense.

Will you please consider helping us whittle this goal down to zero? Any size of gift will help and will be most appreciated. To give, please visit http://www.redemptionforkids.org/ or click the link in the black band at the top of this page. Thank you!



Groove of the Day 

Listen to the Rolling Stones performing “Waiting On A Friend”


10 Responses to “waiting again”

  1. 1 Renee
    July 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I am worried sick about this boy. I don’t understand why they would try him as an adult. I believe he is entitled to a new trial and should only be tried as a juvenile. I totally understand the damage that was done to the child but after reading all about the case I just have am not convinced he did this. I have donated to the fund for his attorney, as well as called his attorney’s office. I will also be writing the judge a letter. God bless and be with James!! I am praying for you!

  2. 2 Gloria
    July 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    My God, I truly hope justice is done. This new delay can be seen again as good news.

    quoted:The judge said that he had received over 150 letters from people urging him to send James to Boys Town, but that they were all from people outside the jurisdiction; he would not be able to consider this possibility, he said, unless one of the attorneys were to request it.

    Then James lawyer should ask to take james to Boy’s town. I want him in a safe place until this nightmare ends.

    Praying for James. Justice must be served for James and all the childrens involved in this terrible nightmare.

  3. 3 carole
    July 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I too am praying continually for James and Jordan Brown. This is just not fair for either of these two young boys.
    Please do all possible for James to be sent to Boys Town until he can be released as he should be. Thank God for this delay, we will consider it good!
    Is there any way that Rose can be banned from seeing James? Hopefully so. He does not need her!!!
    Praying continually.
    With GOD all things are possible.

  4. 5 mage
    July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    James is innocent. Its a shame this is happening to him. We are praying for you James you are not alone.

  5. July 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm


    Stay strong. We care about you.

  6. 7 roberta
    July 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hav waited to know the outcome and was happy to know its been delayed to give james lawyer chance to get a case togeather .James ,may god be with u always .Sounds as though judge is seeing sense to some degree and not just wanting a conviction whatever happened .I think james will be freed ,maybe a retrial and those lads that bragging ? Got into court and truth got from them and witnesses they brag .

  7. 8 matt
    July 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    An relevant song lyric that a friend shared with me today.

    Sometimes I just wish we could say all the things that are easy to hear
    Ignore the injustice we see and explain every unanswered prayer
    But I’d rather speak honestly and wear a tattered heart on my sleeve
    ‘Cause in the middle of my broken dreams, redemption is here – Redeemer

  8. 9 Gloria
    July 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

    The Dangers of False Accusations

    Quoted: In a perfect world, the criminal justice system would hold to its creed of innocent until proven guilty. In the same world, people would reserve judgment until cases are proven without a shadow of a doubt. This is not a perfect world and where most cases are tried in the media only further proves that the system is broken. Accusations are overexposed and the media dramatizes cases to make a person seem as if they are guilty. Several members of the Duke University Lacrosse team were falsely accused of rape and subsequently their lives and reputations were ruined not only by the accuser but the prosecutor and media as well.


  9. January 9, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

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