FreeHugney.com Help Free An Innocent Man

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Haven't you read those stories in the paper about the innocent person who is cleared by science when his case is reinvestigated years later?


You ever wonder how that type of thing could happen?

Did you ever imagine what it would be like to be part of it?

Freeing an innocent person from jail, you would do that if you could, right?

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to help?

This is the true life case of an innocent man serving a life sentence without the possibility for parole for a crime that never happened

Imagine being locked up for over 35 years and 3 months.

Imagine being accused of killing your own son in an arson fire.

Imagine knowing you didn’t do it.

Imagine being convicted.

Imagine being innocent.

Imagine every memory that you have had for the last 35 years and 3 months being erased and replaced with memories of prison.

Now imagine that the only thing standing between you and your rightful freedom is money. Money that you need for your experts to prove your factual and actual innocence.

Imagine what it would be like qualify for indigent funds that the county has. Imagine your lawyers filing for it over
4 months ago.

And imagine the President Judge refusing to act and perform his sworn duty.

Luckily, we can only imagine it. James Hugney, Sr. is living it.

From the very beginning, James E. Hugney, Sr. has maintained his innocence. He told the investigators in 1978 that he had nothing to do with it. He declared it at trial in 1979. In July 1979, he declared again at the time of his sentencing of Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP). He pursued an appeal where he asserted legal error and factual innocence. He said so again during his post-conviction proceedings in 1984-1985 when under oath key witnesses in the original trial said the jailhouse snitch lied. He most recently did so proudly in 2013 as an old man in a wheelchair in deteriorating health before the Honorable Scott A. Evans seeking to have the science reviewed in his case.



Now at nearly 72 years old. James Hugney, Sr. asks you for help. A donation of any amount goes strictly to paying for his experts, not to his lawyers. His lawyers are working for free.

You can make a difference.
Even if you cannot donate, please visit the website and share the story on social media.

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Where does all of the donation money go?
This project is funded through GoFundMe. The site uses secure payment methods such as WePay and PayPal. Money donated through http://www.gofundme.com/FreeHugney has the following fees

5% of the donation goes to GoFundMe for administering and publicizing the cause
Each donation has a 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction fee.
So in total fees, there is 7.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

All of the rest of the donated money is distributed as described below.
Or if you prefer to donate in a way that 100% of the money goes to FreeHugney, you may donate through The McShane Firm, LLC in two ways:

Call 1-866-MCSHANE or 717-657-3900 and tell anyone who answers the phone that you would like to make a donation to FreeHugney. You can use a check, credit card or debit card.
Go click here ( https://www.usaepay.com/interface/epayform/?UMkey=cF50bBI4U4PaaffRer8QtA3UD3abfWvE) to get to a secure pay site. In the area that reads “What account is this payment for?,” please write “FreeHugney.”

Who controls the donation money?
All of the net donation money is in control of The McShane Firm, LLC and will be deposited into The McShane Firm, LLC IOLTA account. An Interest On Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) is a trust account held in an FDIC approved bank. It is guaranteed through the FDIC as well as insured by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court IOLTA Fund Board against any improper lawyer use of funds held in it.

What will my donation be used for?
The expert witness fees for review and retesting, if possible. The experts will need to go through the thousands of pages of the case file, do research, write reports, perhaps re-examine evidence, and also fly to Harrisburg for several hearings. This is a lot of work. It is also expensive. Importantly, the more experts that are retained and come to the same independent conclusion, the harder it is for the Office of the District Attorney and any appellate courts to find other than the scientific truth: there is no arson. Any additional money that is raised above and beyond what is needed will be reserved for appeals and other court-related costs. Again, no money goes to his volunteer legal team. Any excess money beyond that will be donated to The Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
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One of the great organizations for justice is the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. MACDL voted to donate $1000.00 to help the FreeHugney cause. We are very thankful for their aid. MACDL was organized in 1978 and consists of approximately 500 criminal defense lawyers in Missouri. MACDL helps educate members of the criminal defense bar though seminars and the dissemination of information to its members. MACDL has a full-time lobbyist, and provides financial support for the election campaigns of members of the legislature who are supportive of our ideals. MACDL also has an Amicus Committee that assists our members with cases which may have a direct impact on our criminal justice system. We thank the MACDL President Kevin Curran and two fine attorneys who made the motion and carried the motion through to funding: Carl Ward and Jeffrey Eastman. Champions of justice are found in Missouri that is for sure.
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We are very pleased to announce that well-known champions for the accused Addair Thurston Chtd has made a selfless gift of $500 to help the #FreeHugney cause. Addair Thurston Chtd is a Manhattan, KS based law firm made up of Attorneys Tom Addair and John Thurston. Please visit their website and thank them at http://www.addairthurston.com/
Addair Thurston
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Once again, Attorney Brian Manchester comes to the call of justice in need. Attorney Manchester is a fine attorney and part of the new breed of attorneys known as the ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer=Scientist who specializes in using forensic science to help those accused of a crime. Please visit his website and thank him for his generous donation. His website is:

www.manchesterandassociates.com
Brian Manchester
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I am happy to announce a selfless person making a selfless contribution. Dr. Debbie Belknap is a remarkable person you should all know. She helped me save the life of Marcus Wallace. She is wonderful.

Deborah Doyle Belknap is a Pennsylvania-based capital mitigation specialist and sentencing advocate. Her educational background, training and extensive experience in the field make her a perfect fit for your defense team.

As an experienced lawyer, she understands the legal issues and procedures involved in a capital case. As a trained psychologist, she has the skills to connect with clients, family members, and other important witnesses, the ability to recognize potential defenses and mitigation theories, and the knowledge to collect the necessary information and follow every possible avenue of mitigation.

Please visit her website and thank her for her contribution. Here it is:

http://www.ddbmitigation.com/
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Veronica Brutosky
50 months ago

Help Hugney and also help Ed Contreras, also innocent and in LWOP . http://fundly.com/bring-ed-contreras-home

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Linda Bell
57 months ago

Please help this innocent man see freedom for as long as he has left. every dollar counts.

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57 months ago
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Keep the fight going Justin.

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Timothy Bussey
57 months ago

Hey - I thought my donation was hidden. LOL Thought I would get you to 5K

Veronica Brutosky
50 months ago

Help Hugney and also help Ed Contreras, also innocent and in LWOP . http://fundly.com/bring-ed-contreras-home

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Linda Bell
57 months ago

Please help this innocent man see freedom for as long as he has left. every dollar counts.

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