It's a common misconception that the leader of the "Billionaire Boys Club" was some greedy rich kid trying to get richer. In fact, Joe grew up in a broken home in lower-middle-class Van Nuys, and managed to get into Harvard-Westlake School on nothing but his smarts and a scholarship. Today, Joe's deep spiritual commitment to compassion and peace has meant that throughout his decades in prison, he has maintained a record completely free of violent conflict.
Shortly before his disappearance, Levin, who was on bail, released his father's house from his bail bond collateral.
Witness Oliver Holmes testified that Levin asked him for information about the U.S. extradition treaty with Brazil, which indicates that Levin was planning to leave the country.
Levin's upstairs neighbor Justine Jagoda, who frequently complained about noise from Levin's apartment, testified that she was home with windows open, but heard no gunshot or scuffle.
A search of the BMW Levin's body was allegedly transported in showed zero forensic evidence of blood or bodily fluids.
Levin's hairdresser John Duron testified that Levin asked him about how to dye hair shortly before his disappearance, which Duron found strange, because Levin was proud of his silver hair. Police later found evidence of brown stains in Levin's bathtub.
Multiple witnesses testified that they saw Levin after the date of his alleged murder.
Joe is seeking commutation of his sentence by the governor's office, based upon his exemplary prison disciplinary record, and his non-violent and socially constructive orientation. For his commutation application to move forward, the governor's staff must decide to interview him and recommend commutation.