Sunday, February 4, 2007

Julie Amero – Substitute Teacher

Julie Amero, the substitute teacher found guilty of viewing pornographic material in a Norwich, CT. middle school is scheduled for sentencing March 2, 2007. She faces up to 40 years in jail. No matter how many times I try to comprehend what has happened to our lives since that dreadful day in October 2004, I am left with the feeling that Julie’s life, character, career and family were sacrificed to save face for the administration officials at the Norwich BoE.
As far as the evidence is concerned, we have had a copy of the hard drive of the teacher’s computer forensically examined by not one but two independent researchers. The defense initially had Mr. Herb Horner of Contemporary Computer Consultants examine the drive. Mr. Alex Eckelberry President of SunBelt Software had his team of forensic expert’s examine the copy of the drive and review Mr. Horner’s data. Both parties agree that the computer was running windows 98, was unpatched, and was running IE 5. The computer was infected with various spyware, malware, JavaScript’s etc. That Julie did not intentionally visit (keystroke) ANY pornographic web sites. The second analysis has turned up some additional evidence that I am not at liberty to discuss at this time, but it is significant.
One might think that this is great news. In a way it is, but the reality of the matter is that Julie has already been found GUILTY. We can not present any new evidence. The best we can hope for is leniency at sentencing.
What we can do is appeal, and that is exactly what we are doing. The outpouring of support from the judicial community has been over whelming. Many very qualified attorneys, firms and prestigious law schools from around the country have offered their help. We have accepted one such offer and have a verbal agreement with a California Law firm (who will remain unnamed until we have confirmation) that is going to handle the appeal.
Defending Julie against this gross abortion of justice has been very expensive. Up to this point, a valid defense fund was not required, but we have used up most of our life’s savings and we are coming up to sentencing in less than four weeks. We are hoping to bond Julie out of jail while she awaits her appeal. I have established a PayPal account in Julie’s name. Please visit the site below and contribute what you can. All donations will be utilized exclusively for Julie’s defense. Any remaining contributions will be donated to organizations that are dedicated to vindicating unjustly accused victims of technology.

Wes Volle
Julie Amero’s Husband