Sorry it’s been so long without a word from the Sur-Realist about Wes. He is doing quite well and even got a promotion at the prison. When one fellow completed serving his sentence and was emancipated, Wes took over his job as Housekeeping Supervisor. He quite enjoys supervising the straightening up of the dormitory as it gives him a daily project.
His health has steadily improved since his bypass surgery. He he has done the walking and exercises, and he has followed the cardio diet (as much as possible under the circumstances) to restore his health as best he can. Wes reports he has lost weight. He probably looks fit and trim - I haven’t been able to go to Atlanta to visit although his wife has been able to make a couple of visits.
The BIG news is that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the oral arguments for the three men - Wes Teel, Paul Minor, and John Whitfield - on April 1st, 2009, in Austin, TX. Wes’ attorney was surprised today to learn that the appeal would be in Austin rather than New Orleans when I called to let him know. George Lucas told me that possible outcomes include reversing Wes’ conviction. Naturally, this is what we would all like to see happen. Another possibility would be that Wes could be re-sentenced in which case he may be released for time served. Another possibility would be a re-trial. Please join with me in praying for the absolute best outcome.
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