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Jeffrey Havard

Jeffrey Havard's Blog
Welcome to Jeffrey Havard's blog! Jeffrey truly appreciates the support he receives. This blog was created to give Jeffrey the opportunity to not only express  his gratitude but to also give readers the ability to get to know the real Jeffrey Havard. The posts in this blog are all written by Jeffrey and then posted here by the website administrator. Please post any questions or comments you have for Jeffrey in the comment section below each entry and we will forward your messages to Jeffrey so he can respond in future posts. 

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Jeffrey Havard Blog Update September 7, 2013

by Jeffrey Havard on 09/06/13

After more than a decade, it seems that now more than ever, the truth is finally coming to light in my case; so I was very disappointed when I learned that the state had had filed a motion to seal the record of my case.

My initial thought was, "why seal it and seal it from whom?" It felt like they were trying to shut me up.

My freedom has been taken, and my name has been irrevocably slandered; now they were trying to take the only thing I have left. My voice.

Now that I finally have scientific and medical explanations for what caused the dilation, they want to silence that.

During my trial, prosecutors told the jury not to try to understand what caused the dilation and that because I couldn't explain it, I must be guilty. They also told the jury there was no other explanation but that I had caused it, there was NO other way to explain it.

Simply put, my freedom or execution rests on what caused the dilation. That's it.

There were several things about the state's Motion to Seal that disturbed me;

1. They claimed that they needed to "protect the victim and her family from informal slander", etc. However, this didn't seem to be their stance 11 years ago when this tragedy happened, since it was reported to the media, and then by the media, that a rape and murder had occurred before the autopsy was even started, much less completed. Members of law enforcement and the coroner's office plainly told the media that the autopsy had confirmed that the child had been sexually assaulted; in that her "private parts" had been "violated."

In fact, if you read the autopsy report, you will see that all of that is absolutely false; the autopsy says no such thing. The autopsy report does not include ONE WORD about sexual battery, even though the state medical examiner, Dr. Steven Hayne, was specifically told that sexual assault was suspected by medical staff. What the autopsy report does say is that the child's "external genitalia is unremarkable," and that a sexual assault kit was performed, with the results showing no evidence of that.

As a matter of fact, when Dr. Hayne was deposed in 2010, he was asked why he didn't say anything about sexual battery in his autopsy and his response was that he didn't see any objective evidence of sexual battery.

I am simply imploring all of you to just read the documents of record in my case.

Eleven years ago, the public was given completely false statements of "fact" that were supposedly contained in the autopsy report.

Now I ask, who slandered who?

2. In its Motion to Seal the record, the state indicated that it receives letters from people all over the country pleading for my life, and that those letters contain detailed factual information regarding the evidence for my case, or lack thereof. The state's main concern seems to be unrelated to the factual accuracy or validity of the information contained within the letters; instead, the state's concern seemed to be that members of the public were aware of the information in the first place. The state complained that the letters were very similar in content and that they appeared to be from a single source. To this I say the state was correct; all of the information is coming straight from documents which are a matter of public record.

3. In the Motion to Seal, the state pointed to a letter written by a friend and supporter as a part of a letter writing campaign launched by Injustice Anywhere, and which served as an overall template, outlining the facts and issues that other supporters might want to highlight.

The letter was attached to the state's motion as Exhibit B, and was displayed with all of the author's personal contact information plainly visible. It seems that state was concerned with privacy for their interests, but not for my supporters.

The state's Motion to Seal was prompted by a comment on the personal facebook page of one of my attorneys, Graham Carner. After the Motion was filed, he wanted to let me know that he was sorry about this comment and the reaction it caused. he thought that I might be upset or disappointed, however, I felt the exact opposite. I was pleased and proud of him. Even more so, I am relieved and glad that I have a man like Graham as my attorney.

The same goes for the rest of my legal team, both of the record and off the record. I am lucky and proud to have all of them because they are all just as fervent and zealous as I am about bringing out the truth. Not only for me, but for the child.

I am also very appreciative of the journalists, whether by print, radio or television who have allowed me to have a voice, and who have gone the extra mile to ensure fair and accurate reporting of the case.

And finally, I'd like to say that, with the exception the dissenting Justices on my post-conviction petition, there has been very little fairness in the presentation of the facts of this case.

However, that appears to be changing with the recent order allowing Dr. Hayne to be deposed, so that all parties can clearly understand exactly what it is that Dr. Hayne found during the 2002 autopsy, and more importantly, what he didn't find. You know, the very same facts and information that should have been discovered before my trial, so that I wouldn't have to be here now, writing this blog.


Jeffrey Havard Blog Update May 23, 2013

by Jeffrey Havard on 05/21/13

Hey everyone! 

Sorry it has been a while since I last blogged. I have had some personal and legal issues that have kept me busy.

I want to thank all of you for your support, comments and questions. It really means so much!

Mr. Blanchard, As a child, my favorite pitcher was Roger Clemons. That is what began my love of the Red Sox. Then they went to the World Series in 1986 but lost to the Mets, but the loss didn't matter because by then I was a full fledged member of the Red Sox Nation!

Mickey, Thank you for the kind words. Although the Red Sox are in a slump right now, I am confident of a strong comeback!

Kay, The Cardinals have always been one of my top teams, not before the Red Sox, but a favorite just the same. I also wanted to tell you that I heard about Sherry and am so sorry for your loss! I am told she was a wonderful person. And thank you very much for your kind offer!

Uncle Greg, I miss you all so very much and hope the day is soon when this wrong is righted and I will see you all. Love to everyone!

Randi, Thanks so much for the music!

I would like to make individual comments to everyone but to save this from becoming too long, I would like to share with you a little about my daily life and my hopes for the future.

I spend my days reading. I read everything from books on Psychology to Hunting/Fishing magazines.

I spend a great deal of time listening to music. We are allowed MP3 players here. I love all kinds of music, old and new. Led Zeppelin is my favorite band, but I like music from almost every genre. Putting on my headphones is a mental escape from the horror that I find myself in. It drowns out the noise (mostly) and I can just be away from here for a little while. 

I also enjoy phone calls with loved ones and corresponding with several supporters.

I do my best to keep myself busy and mentally challenged.

If there is any sense of right in this world, I will someday walk out of here and I will never take anything for granted ever again. I would live every single day to its fullest.

My goal for the future is to speak out for others who remain wrongfully convicted. I would like to do this with a friend who was also wrongfully accused but fortunate enough to be acquitted. We would like to tell our stories to anyone that is interested in the state of our Judicial System. I think it is important work and I would like to be a part of it.

Other than that, I would just like to live a quiet life.

My sincere thanks to all of you who sent me messages, you have no idea how comforting it is to know I have you out there fighting for me.

I promise I will not be so slow in making my next entry!

I guess I will close this with the words of a friend - "Believe"!

Hello everyone! Let me begin with a brief introduction

by Jeffrey Havard on 01/25/13

Someone suggested that I start writing a blog so that you all could get to know me on a more personal level.  I guess I will start at the beginning .

I was born in Natchez, Mississippi on November 11th 1978. I've got three brothers and 2 sisters-all half siblings.  I have 2 brothers and a sister on my mom's side and a brother and sister in Oklahoma City on my dad's side.  Mom's side (including her) live in and around Chattanooga, TN.  I come from a close family; I guess that's how it is with most all country folks!  The majority of my free life, I spent here in Mississippi and Louisiana.  My earliest years were spent in South Louisiana, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I started first grade ( I skipped kindergarten) in 1983, when I was just before 5 years old in Lutcher, LA.  Within a year or so we moved to LaPlace, 20 miles west of New Orleans and I stayed there until  two months after Hurricane Andrew (Oct 1992) and moved to my grandparents (mom's parents) in Natchez.  I remained there (mostly) until this tragedy 10 years ago. I finished school in 1995, when I was 16 years old.  After graduation, I worked mostly off-shore on boats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

I have been a sports fan all of my life.  However, sports have become more exciting to me since I have been here. Sports, I guess, serves as a distraction from my current reality more than anything.  Baseball will be starting up soon.  It's my favorite sport, and I love the Red Sox!  My second favorite team is St. Louis.  LSU has always been my favorite college team and as for NFL, I like the Saints and the Steelers.  Recently, Will Cook,  a supporter and friend came up with a college bowl pick contest for  me and some of the people who support me to participate in.  I was happy to hear that I won!  Thanks to all of you who have stuck beside me and support me. You are appreciated more than you know!

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