Just to clarify ~ this is an invitation to attend this event by way of actually showing up at Ryan's hearing and/or attending by way of prayer and support on this Facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=107897229264596, on your own Facebook, Myspace or Twitter status or blog and on my blog. So, we're asking everyone to click attend on the Facebook events page...regardless if you can come to the actual hearing or not, if you're at least willing to stand or kneel with us in prayer for Ryan's vindication.
Address of the event: Kansas City Courthouse, 1300 Oak Street, Downtown Kansas City, 64106
Ryan Ferguson has been in a maximum security prison, as an innocent man, since he was 19. He's now in his mid 20's. I know this young man. For the final few years of my own 16 years of incarceration, prior to my exoneration in 2009, I came to know Ryan as a friend. We were both in Jefferson City Correctional Center together. I believe he is innocent.
I will be going to his hearing, this Thursday, and supporting his efforts and his family. I'd appreciate it if you went with me and showed him the support he deserves.
I'll be leaving Columbia between 6:30 and 7am, no later than 7:15 (taking the traffic and the media into consideration).
Following the hearing, the plan is to visit the Kansas City House of Prayer on Ryan's behalf.
The oral argument on Ryan's case is scheduled for 10:30 am on August 5th in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District (Kansas City).
The judges who will hear the argument and decide the appeal are Victor Howard, Thomas Newton and Gary Witt.
It is not clear if Ryan will be present or not. His family will be though. CBS will be. I will be. And we'd all appreciate it if you were also.
The hearing will be open to the public. We also want to encourage people to attend and build peaceful and creative prayer gatherings outside the court.
CBS 48 Hours Mystery will film the Oral Arguments.
CBS 48 Hours is planning to release an updated version of Ryan's story which will hopefully air this September considering all the new evidence discovered since the 2005 trial.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/02/16/48hours/main1322783.shtml (Direct your attention to 'Dream Killer: A Young Man Dreams He Murdered A Man')
This is very exciting.