|Hi, I'm Clint Ehrlich, a hacker/law student who helped get an innocent man released from prison. I'm here on HN asking for advice about how to help my new friend get back on his feet.|
A year ago, I saw a Dateline NBC episode about an Iraq-war vet, Sgt. Ray Jennings, who allegedly killed an 18-year-old girl in a parking lot. The evidence didn't persuade me, so my dad and I started our own investigation.
We wrote a 34-page letter to the DA's office, which you can read here: http://www.ehrlichfirm.com/criminal-cases/raymond-lee-jennin...
The letter persuaded them to reopen the murder investigation.
Last week, after 11 years behind bars, Ray walked out of court a free man. But he was released onto the street with no resources. Do any of the great minds at HN have any ideas about how I can help him get money for housing, food, and clothes?
The most obvious answer is litigation. And in a year or two, Ray will probably receive some compensation from the State. Unfortunately, there's no way to access those funds in time to cover his immediate expenses.
In the future, Ray also may be able to earn some income talking about his story. Unfortunately, the charges against him won't be formally dismissed for another 2 months, and until then he is understandably reticent about speaking publicly.
I have set up a GoFundMe campaign. It did well, but momentum has stalled. I'd appreciate any recommendations about how or where to promote it:
Thanks for your help. I'm sorry that I was a bit caustic in previous posts asking for help with this case. I contacted the Mods, and they encouraged me to try again with a different approach.