An update on Greg Wilhoit
Sep 23, 2010
By Lisa Rea:
This is an update on Greg Wilhoit. As I said to Greg's sister, Nancy, I am thrilled to hear of his remarkable recovery since six months ago most of us thought he was going to leave us. But God had other plans. Greg is doing so well in that he is walking (with the help of a walker) when it looked like he would never walk again. We are very thankful. He also has some big news: he was getting married this month in Oklahoma to Judy, a woman he's known for 25 years! Greg will be honored in Texas in October 2010 during an event hosted by the Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing when the organization barnstorms the state with its message of hope and healing as it embraces restorative justice and stands against the death penalty.
Lastly, we also have heard from Greg's family that the legal appeals on behalf of Greg to seek compensation from the state of Oklahoma for his wrongful conviction and imprisonment on death row have again been denied. These appeals for compensation have been hard fought over a seven year period by Greg's attorney and others. It is a sad fact that restitution to the "victim" of this type of miscarriage of justice is rarely paid promptly if at all. Laws should be changed to make this process swift and sure.
The state of Oklahoma has put up every barrier it can to avoid paying Greg for the years he spent behind bars as an innocent man. Restorative justice can and should be applied in cases of wrongful conviction to assure that justice is done and that the true offender is held accountable. In Greg's case, the guilty party who killed Greg's wife was never found. Details of the case are in my original post.
To learn more about Greg Wilhoit contact the Journey of Hope: From Violence to Healing.