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  Vigil in Support of Ajay Dev in Sacramento
  Friday, April 18, 2014 - About 300 people held a vigil in front of the California Third District Appellate Court in support of Ajay Dev where his appeal is being reviewed. The vigil was covered by the local news channels ABC, CBS and Fox40. There were also several news articles Click here to read more...
  To see photos of Vigil click here.
   
  Ajay Dev's Reply Brief Filed in the Appellate Court
 

Ajay Dev's Reply Brief was filed with the California Third District Appellate Court on March 19, 2014. After almost five years, the appeal is finally fully briefed. The next step is for three judges to be assigned his case. After reading all the briefs there will be oral arguments and then a decision. 

The three briefs filed with the court are listed as follows.

  1. Appellant's Reply Brief filed March 19, 2014: To read click here.
  2. Respondent's Brief filed April 30, 2013: We do not have a public copy of the Attorney General's Respondent's Brief. To obtain a public copy go to the Third Appellate District Court in Sacramento (914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814).
  3. Appellant's Opening Brief filed August 3, 2012: To read click here or to view Ajay Dev's Case and Facts Submitted to the Court of Appeal click here.

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  Three Part Series on Ajay Dev's Appeal Written by Investigative Reporter David Greenwald of the Vanguard Court Watch
 
1. Vanguard Analysis of Ajay Dev's Appeal, Part I (Sunday, March 24, 2013)
2. Vanguard Analysis: Ajay Dev's Appeal, Legal Arguments - Part II (Tuesday, March 26, 2013)
3. Commentary: Dev Appellate Brief Puts Forth Strong Evidence of Unfair Trial (Thursday, March 28, 2013)
   
  250 People Rally on the 3rd Anniversary of the Wrongful Conviction of Ajay Dev
 
  August 8, 2012 a rally for Ajay Dev was held in Woodland, California. Despite the over 100 degree heat, about 250 people attended the rally. A majority of people came from Davis, Woodland, and the Sacramento area. Click here to view pictures and videos of the rally.
   
  August 19, 2012 Update on Ajay's Appeal
 

Ajay Dev's Appellant’s Opening Brief (AOB) at the California Third District Court of Appeals has been officially filed. We have posted Ajay’s AOB for those interested in knowing more about his case.  We are confident once you read this brief, you will understand why we feel Ajay Dev had an unfair trial.  More...

   
  Over 1,000 People Have Signed a Petition for Ajay Dev
 

The petition was put together to ask that an investigation be conducted into the case of Ajay Dev. Ajay Dev ’s story is NOT fiction; it is a devastating true to life story of how our judicial system has failed this innocent man and sent him to prison for 378 years.

The Petition also provides a quick overview of Ajay's case. Click here to read the petition overview and petition letter or sign the petition .

 
  Background About Ajay's Tragedy:
 
Advocates for Ajay are very sympathetic to true victims of rape and sexual abuse. Among those advocating for Ajay Dev ’s innocence are true victims of rape and sexual abuse. One of the tragedies of false allegations is that it denigrates the true victims of these horrific crimes. What unfolded in the case of Ajay is a frightening tragedy. Read below to learn how the tragedy began, read statements from those people who know Ajay is innocent and learn how Ajay was falsely convicted. Click here to read more.
  Please note although we have a lot of evidence to show Ajay's innocence; we are limited as to what we can put on this website since an appeal is pending.
 
  Supporters of Ajay Dev Rally for Justice
 


- News Story of the Rally on CBS
- Large Crowd Marks Second Anniversary of Ajay Dev's Conviction and 378 Year Sentence (Davis Vanguard)
- Protesters Gather to Support Davis Man (Woodland Daily Democrat)
- Sunday Commentary: Our Jury System, Innocence and Ajay Dev (Davis Vanguard)
- Press Release for July 13 Rally
  Vanguard Investigation Finds Evidence of Exaggerated Crime Figures in DA Grant Applications. The Davis Vanguard's investigation into the Yolo County DA's Office reveals fraud. Please read the article in the Yolo Judicial Watch.
  Family and Supporters Gather in the Park For One Year Anniversary of Ajay Dev Conviction article in Davis Vanguard
  Cash For Convictions article in Yolo Judicial Watch
  Hundreds March in Davis For Ajay Dev article in Yolo Judicial Watch
 
  Past Marches and Demonstrations
  June 2011 message from Ajay: "From the depths of my heart,..."
 
  The Tragedy:
 

A Nepali American Citizen, Ajay, and his American wife, Peggy, adopted a 16 year old teenage girl from Nepal striving to give her a better education and life while also ensuring that after she was established, she would help her biological family in Nepal and others if the opportunity arose. The problems began after she turned 18 and got her green card and escalated later when the couple and their 19 year old adopted daughter conflicted over priorities – college and career vs. boyfriends and her social life.

Ajay and Peggy tried to keep her focused on education. However, their daughter believed they were overly involved in her life. Numerous arguments ensued over priorities and responsibilities over the next 18 months. Eventually, after just such an argument Ajay and Peggy asked her to move out of their home.

Although she was over 20 years old at the time, Ajay and Peggy promised her biological family in Nepal they would continue to take care of her. She had not even finished with her third semester of college. They felt obligated to inform her biological parents that she had moved out of the house so she could socialize at all hours of the night, and was not doing well in school. The young woman interpreted this as an infringement on her freedom, and the arguments escalated. She retaliated by accusing them of physical abuse. Shocked, hurt, and saddened by her accusation, Ajay and Peggy disinherited her and withdrew all financial support. Angry and fearful of deportation to her native country of Nepal, a lifestyle she no longer desired, as well as being worried about having to be held accountable for her misbehavior, the accusation escalated from physical abuse to that of sexual abuse.

   
 
How an innocent man was wrongly convicted.
1.

Davis Police Detective Mark Hermann failed to question pertinent witnesses, failed to examine alleged crime scenes, covered up multiple inconsistencies in the accuser’s statements, misrepresented facts and evidence to the jury, and influenced witnesses.

2.

The DA charged Ajay with 92 counts and embellished them with accusations relating to porn to prejudice the jury. At the trial Ajay was acquitted of all the porn charges; however, the DDA grossly misrepresented facts to the jury and was able to keep out evidence that would have shown Ajay's innocence on the other charges.

3.

The DDA’s argument hinged heavily on one sentence, taken from a recorded pretext phone call scripted by the detective intended solely to entrap Ajay. After the trial, jurors commented through news blogs that they found the accuser’s testimony ‘hard to swallow’ but convicted Ajay based on this pretext call – a telephone call in which the accuser read many of her lines from a script created by the detective. The police detective testified at trial admitting that he had destroyed his notes regarding this phone call. The DDA and the judge allowed the accuser to translate the pretext at the trial. The DDA convinced the jury of Ajay’s guilt by distorting one phrase and using it out of context. Also, the DDA erroneously stated that Ajay never denied the accusations in Nepali. However, during the 58 minute phone call Ajay denied these accusations in English and Nepali a total of 52 times. Even the accuser acknowledged during the pretext phone call there were no admissions of guilt.

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CASH FOR CONVICTIONS – The DA's office receives federal grant money which is directly tied to the number of prosecutions and convictions for sex crimes. In Yolo County there is a pattern of minority defendants having a ridiculously high number of counts stacked-up against them compared to similar cases with white defendants. The large number of counts can overwhelm and prejudice people into believing the defendant must be guilty.

  Visit the injustice page for more information.
   
 
Naturally, people are very sympathetic towards true victims of rape and molestation. However, this creates an inherent prejudice towards somebody accused of these types of crimes. Most people don’t realize that up to 40% of rape claims are proven false (False Rape Accusations May Be More Common Than Thought  - Wendy McElroy). Unfortunately it has taken a lot of work by groups like the Innocence Project which has exonerated  271 people  as of June 2011, for people to start to realize the short comings of the legal system –  www.innocenceproject.org
   
 
 

"Advocates for Ajay" represents hundreds of people that unequivocally know Ajay Dev is innocent. We have put together this website to share our stories and voices with the public. This is NOT a story of fiction; it is a true story with devastating effects.

We, Advocates for Ajay, ask you to please look through this website and read the stories and letters written by the many people who know the true story and personally know the accused and accuser. We plan to continue to fight for Ajay and prove his innocence. We will continue to add to this website, so check back for updates.

If you would like to join us, please send your letters of support to: pr.advocatesforajay@gmail.com . We are also looking for financial support since this nightmare has financially devastated this family. More funds are needed to continue the fight. If you are able to contribute, please go to the donate page.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Remember that if something this appalling could happen to the Dev family who were simply trying to give a better life to a person from another country, it could happen to you too.

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