Update on Philip Zodhiates



Lisa & Isabella, 2009

I was convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy on September 29, 2017 for my alleged assistance in Lisa and Isabella Miller’s fleeing the country. I am thankful for the prayers, the financial assistance toward my legal bills and hundreds of reference letters sent to the judge prior to sentencing in March 2017.

I was sentenced to two concurrent three-year sentences in a federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia, but remain free pending my appeal. My appeal will likely be heard sometime next year. There are two main basis for my appeal.

  1. The first – the judge instructed the jury to disregard Virginia law (Marriage Amendment) that protects it from recognizing laws in other states that allow same-sex marriage.  The events for which I was on trial for happened in 2009, before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.
  2. The other basis for my appeal has to do with the government not getting a warrant prior to acquiring cell phone location data from my cell phone company.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the “Carpenter” case on November 29.  A favorable verdict in this case could very likely reverse my conviction. My appeal will probably be heard before the Supreme Court’s decision on “Carpenter.”

Please continue to pray, and if possible, donate to my 419 Fund opportunity to assist me and my family.

Thank you again for being such a friend!

In His service,

Philip Zodhiates

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