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, youth offender factors, being an elderly inmate with a heart condition, 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.
Joe’s commutation application includes
Letters from chaplains, ministers, a former warden, and correctional officers.
539 compelling letters from many inmates he has helped, professionals who were involved in his case, friends, family, and community members.
Declarations from seven jurors in a second trial in which Joe defended himself and was acquitted for the murder of Hedayat Eslaminia. At that second trial, much unexplored evidence and many new witnesses painted a clear picture of the injustice that had been done at the first trial.
Despite many issues with his conviction, Joe has exhausted all judicial remedies and is without hope for release unless he receives the mercy of an executive commutation.
Joe would be free today were it not for the miscarriage of justice which the judicial system has not addressed due to technical and procedural factors unrelated to doing justice in this individual case.