Below is the legal defense letter that Joe Price sent from his work e-mail address to friends and family requesting support for the fund. On first glance, several things jump out. First, Price sent this from his work e-mail address, presumably from the same computer where a “large quantity of gay male pornography and sado-masochistic photos” were found as revealed in the affidavits for the search warrants. Second, he sent the letter on November 13 from an Arent Fox e-mail address, which is 14 days after Arent Fox announced that Mr. Price was on paid leave, and listed his attorney bio as “inactive attorney.” Third, from the way that the letter is written, to the way that the letter is signed, the equality in the relationship that Victor Zaborsky mentioned to investigators the night of the murder had not been achieved after two years.
For those folks who are inclined to donate to the fund, the letter is published in full, and you can certainly contact the fund administrator to make a donation.
Dear Friends and Family,
We apologize to some of you in advance if this is the first time that you have heard from us in a while.
Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the rather desperate situation of having to ask all of you for your help.
As most of you likely know, it has been over two years since the August 2, 2006 tragic and senseless death of our longtime friend Robert Wone.
In the ensuing two years we have spent more than $150,000 dealing with the police’s so-called investigation and their inexplicable theory that we were somehow involved with Robert’s death, despite our having immediately provided the police with lengthy, detailed statements and having voluntarily provided DNA and finger print samples.
Now, more than two years later, to our shock and dismay, the prosecutor in charge of the case is threatening to bring criminal charges against us and has had our dear friend and former housemate Dylan Ward arrested on a meritless claim of obstruction of justice.
Our attorneys estimate that the cost of a trial, which will necessarily involve a number of experts, will run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have no choice but to sell and liquidate every asset in order to pay this staggering sum as our very freedom hangs in the balance. Our parents are doing the same,sacrificing retirement savings and taking on unprecedented debt to aid us.
Sadly, even all of that will not be enough. Thus we find ourselves in the frankly embarrassing position of having to ask your assistance in helping fund our defense. Toward that end two dear friends, both of whom are attorneys, have established a legal defense fund trust to which we dearly hope you will contribute. These funds will be used to help pay our attorneys and the costs of the experts necessary to prove our absolute innocence.
You can contribute by sending your check, payable to “Legal Defense Fund Trust” to:
Carol McGee, Esq., Trustee
Alston & Byrd
The Atlantic Building
950 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Needless to say we are extraordinarily grateful to each of you for any and all support you can provide. We are still in shock at this unimagined development and stunned by the complete lack of protections our so-called justice system affords the falsely accused.
Please also note that your contributions are confidential and unlike information about political contributors, is not available to the public. And please share this request with any and all whom you think may be motivated to contribute, honestly we need all the help we can get.
With much appreciation and love,
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-Posted by David
This is an interesting find. What stands out to me in this letter is Joe’s tone and some of the language he
uses. Notably, why does he say to his close “friends and family,” more than two years after the crime that, “…this is the first time that you have heard from us in a while.” What’s taken him, Victor and Dylan so long to reach out and share their sides of the story with those closest to them? I also find it peculiar that an accomplished attorney and partner at such a prestigious firm would speak so disparagingly (and on-the-record) of the criminal justice system in which he is, “…stunned by the complete lack of protections our so-called justice system affords the falsely accused.” There is also the swipe at law enforcement by characterizing “…the police’s so-called investigation…”
But it’s the last part of that sentence which seems most incongruous. Joe refers to the police’s “…inexplicable theory that we were somehow involved with Robert’s death…”. To me, the cold, hard and undeniable fact that the three defendants were present in the home at the time of the murder, mere feet away from the guest room where Robert laid dying, offers a very “plicable” theory as to their involvement. The police really didn’t make that great a leap to posit that the three may be “involved” in some way.
The last sentence assuring contributors’ confidentiality is rather interesting as well. Why wouldn’t the recipients of the letter, his close friends and family, be more than happy to stand up publicly and voice their support by contributing in a transparent manner to their defense? Why the guarantee of secrecy?
In any event, I encourage all who continue to stand by Joe, Victor and Dylan to contribute to their fund.
– Posted by Craig