On a rainy April 2009 morning 61-year-old Paul Kamienski sits down to talk about life before prison, life in prison, his family and his drug use. One-third of Kamienski's life has now taken place behind prison bars, an innocent north Jersey man now into his 20th year of imprisonment for an unjust conviction in connection with a 1983 Jersey seashore double homicide.
Amazingly level-headed considering the circumstances that befell the businessman with interests in three New Jersey cities and an auto dealership in Florida, Kamienski explains how his proximity to men and women associated with drug use and sales placed him in a position that, while innocent, still led to his prosecution.
On April 16, 2009 Kamienski's final chance at reversing his conviction occurred when his attorney, New York lawyer Timothy J. McInnis, Esq. told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that the Ocean County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office has engaged in decades of fraudulent briefing tactics that caused both state and federal appellate decisions against Kamienski that clearly were at variance with the facts.
At the federal appellate court hearing a three judge panel heard McInnis detail six examples in which the Ocean County Prosecutor, on appeal, has thwarted the administration of justice in the Kamienski's case.
Paul Kamienski talks about his family, growing up and going to school in Passaic, New Jersey, and his love for the sun and the sea. He relates that his dad was a glider pilot in World War II and talks about the family businesses, which he ran after his parents died. Paul's father, in the 1950s was grand marshal of his three-city contingent for the Pulaski Day parade in New York City. In 1979 Paul held the same honor, leading marchers from Passaic, Garfield and Wallington.
Paul Kamienski shows and explains how he's managed to remain at peace with himself as an innocent man imprisoned for 20 years. And, he's had a perfect disciplinary record. Over this time he lost two important state and federal appeals because, his attorney argued April 16th, the Ocean County, New Jersey, Prosecutor's Office has engaged in decades of fraudulent briefing tactics that caused appellate decisions clearly at variance with the facts. Listen to hear how prisoners celebrate birthdays. Do they get cakes?
Paul Kamienski talks about acquaintances Nick and Barbara DeTourney who were murdered in a three-kilo cocaine deal gone bad. The DeTournays' killers were recent acquaintances of Kamienski's. He did not know that they planned to kill the DeTournays, the prosecutor admitted at trial and the judge agreed when he dismissed a jury verdict against Kamienski. But charges for allegedly helping to dispose of the DeTournays' bodies were reinstated after the prosecutor appealed. Kamienski has always maintained his innocence but now concedes that befriending 80's drug trade types and buying drugs from them helped get him embroiled in the matter.
If you've got someone in your family who's dabbling in drug use play this video of Paul Kamienski. He admits that traveling with people who use and sell drugs can put you in a dangerous position. He admits he's living proof of what can happen when you let your guard down and hang out with those who are not interested in your welfare.