November 23rd, 2010
After spending more than four years in prison, James Hebshie left the federal courthouse with his family today after US District Court Judge Nancy Gertner granted his Emergency Motion for Bail and released him on personal recognizance. After a 5 day hearing last July, Mr. Hebshie’s conviction was vacated by Judge Gertner last week. Gertner wrote, “this Court recognizes the importance of finality in criminal cases, particularly after time and resources have gone into the trial, and after a jury has pronounced guilt. But finality cannot trump fairness or justice.”
The government did not oppose Hebshie’s motion. Mr. Hebshie, in a brief but moving speech, thanked the Court and those who worked to help him gain his freedom. “I never thought I’d live to see this day,” Mr. Hebshie said.