If in the endeavor, even one life is saved from cruel injustice, then all one’s efforts are worthwhile.
María L. Ureña
It is with great sadness to write to you all about the passing of María, devoted mother, grandmother, and inspiration to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of ordinary people touched by her strength, compassion, and gift for seeing God in everyone.
María's unwavering faith in her son was a rock for JJ, who spoke with her daily for support and prayer.
By supporting our cause, not only will you bring home an innocent man but also help fulfill María's last wish to see her son free.
Michael Klein (María's grandson and JJ's nephew)
MARÍA'S LAST WISH FOR THE RETURN OF HER INNOCENT SON
This is a campaign to help save the life of her son, J. Joseph, who has been trapped in an unspeakable nightmare; condemned for a crime he did not commit.
Meet J. Joseph
J. Joseph has been an exemplary person throughout all his life. He is kind and caring and has always been family oriented: an excellent son, brother, father, husband, and friend. He was from early on, always driven to help others in moments of need; to show kindness to those most would ignore, and to see the best in others, and often help them to see it in themselves. J was instilled as a child with the Golden Rules, and this led him to counsel and mentor those throughout his life, whom the world saw as ‘at-risk’, and he knew just needed a helping hand.
After graduating with honors from Electrical and Computer Engineering, JJ went on to pursue a career helping governments companies, and people prevent and recover from digital crimes.
It was in fact, while attending an annual conference for his company in early 2014, that JJ found himself in a horrible situation, being falsely accused of a crime while helping someone in need.
Due to fabricated and misrepresented evidence, his freedom was taken, and we have been fighting to correct these injustices, in a desperate struggle to save his life.
The struggle is real!
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for innocent people like JJ to be unjustly imprisoned. There are thousands of people serving sentences for crimes they didn’t commit. The vast majority of these cases, like JJ’s, are based on false forensic testimony, as well as fabricated or misrepresented evidence. Nevada’s own record of wrongful imprisonments is the highest in the nation, beating the next highest state by a disturbing 15%. This is largely due to an over emphasis on ‘convicting at all cost’, regardless of innocence, especially minorities.
All the while, JJ has endured intolerable abuses and cruelties while imprisoned, which, as he puts it are “inconceivable in a First World Country like America, and much less to its own citizenry.”
We have sought a lawyer who has the experience and knowledge to help him bring his case to the federal court. Though J’s family and friends immediately came to his side with emotional and financial support, we are at the end of our own financial limits. The end is in sight for JJ and we need your help to get him home.
Every donation is immensely appreciated. We also appreciate if you share the link with anyone who would like to help; to make a difference in fighting injustice, in ending rampant racism in the justice system, and in granting our family a miracle this new year.