THE HAMLIN JURY STILL OUT, WILL RESUME DELIBERATIONS ON JANUARY 3, 2006
by Virginia McCullough
On Tuesday, January 3, 2006, the jury in Placerville, California will resume deliberations regarding 18 felony counts filed against former prosecutor and defense attorney Richard Hamlin. The patient, hard working jury received the case in the middle of the afternoon on Tuesday, December 20, 2005. They deliberated on December 21, 22, 27 and 28. They will enter their fifth day of deliberations on Tuesday 8:30 a.m. in the historic El Dorado County courthouse. The defendant's life literally rests in their hands.
In the meantime life on the outside of the prison walls goes on affecting the man behind bars awaiting their verdict. The El Dorado Hills home where the Hamlins raised their children was sold on May 19, 2004 to a couple from Bakersfield, California. Hamlin has not been allowed to see his children since his arrest on February 28, 2004. The only time he has seen his former wife is in the dependency and criminal courts. Married, since shortly after he graduated from law school Richard Hamlin is a single man once again. On December 8, 2005 Susan Hamlin was granted a divorce from her law school sweetheart by Judge Daniel B. Proud in the courtroom across the hall from the courtroom where Richard Hamlin is on trial for his life. The judge reserved jurisdiction over issues such as custody of the children and distribution of assets (Case No. PFL2005-0172).
Yesterday as the jury entered its fourth full day of deliberations Susan Hamlin, represented pro bono by her attorney Mary Olden of the prestigious Sacramento law film of McDonough Holland & Allen testified under oath in Sacramento, California at the first creditor's hearing for her Chapter 7 bankruptcy (Case No. 2005-35950-C-7). Unlike some of her testimony in the criminal trial against her husband, Susan Hamlin denied ever maintaining a journal or planning a book about her life. She has apparently put memories of incest and satanic cults far behind her. She now claims to be a victim of spousal abuse and not a survivor of incest.
It is apparent that life is moving forward for all involved in the Hamlin case except for Richard Hamlin. He lives in a state of suspended animation at the El Dorado County Jail awaiting the verdict by a jury of his peers. They alone will determine if he will have his life returned to him or serve out the rest of his days behind bars.
Virginia McCullough © 12/29/05