Supporters of Ajay Dev who believe that Mr. Dev, sentenced in Yolo County in 2009 by Judge Timothy Fall, was wrongly convicted took their show to Sacramento on Friday. Organizers claim they had 300 people who marched for Ajay Dev. They held a vigil in front of the appellate court for 45 minutes and handed out about 200 fliers and hundreds of cards to people who were asking about the case.
One judge and a chief staffer from the courthouse came out and observed the march.
The Vanguard earlier this week analyzed the appellate response brief.
Ajay Dev’s appellate lawyer writes in the appeal brief: “In sum, Ajay’s trial was wrought with grievous errors at every stage of the trial – during the presentation of evidence, during closing argument, and during deliberations. That is, at every turn Ajay’s trial was severely compromised,” denying him of his Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to a fundamentally fair trial.
Mr. Dev has already spent four and a half years in prison for a crime that his supporters believe he did not commit. Last year the Vanguard analyzed the appeal in three parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
The Vanguard did exclusive video interviews of wife Peggy Dev, sister-in-law Terri Easley, and family friend Kerstin Grothe.
Photos from the event courtesy of Sanjay Dev