The Unfortunate Outcome
Today was the court hearing on Varick Street, as many of you already know. I was absolutely delighted that when I arrived several member’s from my dad’s work had already arrived. As we continued to wait to go into the hearing room, more and more people showed up to support my dad. We filled up the waiting room and the benches in the hearing room and totaled twenty people! (Many thanks to those who showed up as family, colleagues, soccer mates, and concerned friends) It was a great feeling to have people there with us and I know my dad was very touched by the turnout. Despite our “large” turnout, we met some very unfortunate news today.
My dad was denied to post bond to get out of jail. According to the judge, it was not in his jurisdiction to decide that. The judge did, however, listen to the case and said that the offense is not deportable, unless my dad does not show up to court on January 20, 2009. The lawyer is appealing for parole/posting bond which he estimates will take 3-4 weeks. For now, we must sit tight… If posting bond is denied, my dad will be in jail till March when the hearing can come before a judge who can really decide his fate.
My mom is inundated with phone calls, emails, and paper work so she will get back to everyone as soon as she can. Feel free to email me or my mom, we are open to any suggestions you may have. It’s time to put our heads together.