Strange things are happening in Memphis.
We have still not heard from the judge about our offer of a solution to his problems. That’s no surprise.
“Shouldn’t we be communicating with the judge through James’ attorney?” you may ask. Ideally, yes… unfortunately Claiborne Ferguson is not returning our phone calls. The other day, according to James, Ferguson said he was going to try to get this case moved back to juvenile court “where they can’t help you”—“they” meaning us. Ferguson has told James that he filed a motion to accomplish this. If the case were moved back into juvenile court and then properly waived back into adult court (Judge Lane made some serious errors in the original waiver which denied James due process), then James would lose credit for the two years he has already been incarcerated. Today we heard there’s rumor of a re-trial.
Yesterday Stephen received an anonymous call on his unpublished cell phone number in which the caller said, “If you can raise five hundred thousand dollars, we’ll release him.” (“Him” meaning James.) That caller never called back.
Today as Stephen was leaving the jail after visiting James, he saw Monica Sanders and her mother Pam Croft arriving at the jail, presumably for a visit with James—the first since about a year ago when she showed up, lawyer in tow, to tell James she was finished with him. Why is she visiting James now? We cannot answer that question because Monica and her mother were denied access since James’ visits for the day had been used up.
Monica, James wanted us to tell you to please stay away.
One possibility may have to do with a damage lawsuit against the city of Memphis in which Monica is a plaintiff. Her case is scheduled to begin on July 12, one day after James’ sentencing hearing. Maybe she needs James’ cooperation in some way so that her chances of cashing in on her lawsuit are enhanced.
Another possibility is that Monica and Jefferson Sanders have figured out that we are developing additional information about Sanders. For example, we have learned that the scope of the abuse James allegedly endured is much broader than we had known until now. When we saw the photographs of Neily Shea’s injuries, we were struck by similarities with injuries James has told us he suffered at Sanders’ hands.
Today Steven looked out his window at the motel and saw Jefferson Sanders stalking him. What is Sanders afraid of?
Maybe Sanders and Monica are aware that events are playing out as if according to some plan Sanders might have devised. We surmise that Sanders was nearby when Neily Shea’s assault happened. According to reports, Sanders arrived at Monica’s apartment 20 minutes after receiving the call that Neily Shea had been hurt. At the time, Sanders was living at least 40 minutes away. Maybe they’re afraid this whole thing will boomerang on them.
I just don’t know.
What I do know is that James is scared and believes his life is over. He’s preparing himself for the worst. Yesterday he was asking Stephen about the abuse Blade Reed has endured in adult prison. “How bad does it hurt to be raped?” he asked.
Stephen’s answer was honest and not exactly reassuring.
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