LELDF is in a celebratory mood with two important victories under our belt. Thanks to your concern and support, Officers Morningstar and Vander Mey have both been acquitted! Jay Morningstar and his family had to endure the pressure of an excruciating jury trial for three weeks. Happily, he is now back on duty serving the people of Michigan.
Officer Vander Mey is now seeking reinstatement to the Cook County P.D. through an administrative hearing. We are confident that he will be successful.
Our newest case is that of Officer Raymond Bunn of the Atlanta Police Department who faces serious charges. We are working hard to see that he is vindicated at his trial.
Stephanie Mohr has been incarcerated for nearly three years. Justice sometimes is slow to come, but we hope for her release – or at least a drastic reduction in her sentence – after her long-awaited new sentencing hearing is held.
In the case of Wyatt Henderson of Florida, the U.S Court of Appeals recently ruled that his initial sentence was incorrect and sent it back to the federal district court which reduced his sentence from seven years to 27 months. We now plan to help him in his appeal of the new sentence and in filing a motion for a new trial.
All of these cases drive home the fact that danger is ever present in the life of a policeman. With every day comes news of another officer killed in the line of duty. The recent senseless murder of a female detective of the Fairfax County P.D. in Chantilly, Virginia, is just one tragic example. Just as a soldier in a battle zone, our men and women in blue have the constant pressure of not knowing when they may be called upon to make a split second decision — one that could involve life or death.
May God bless them and you for your generous support of this worthy cause!