Jason Puracal is back in the United States. And if you own a television (or live somewhere that's not literally under a rock), chances are you'll be seeing a lot of him starting tonight.
As we noted on The Daily Weekly last week, a Nicaraguan appeals court recently vacated the highly questionable money-laundering and drug charges that put Puracal behind bars for almost two years, ordering his immediate release. Puracal left prison last Thursday, and left Nicaragua all together the following day.
, Puracal has now officially been reunited with his family and is preparing for the inevitable media blitz that comes with being unjustly locked up for two years in a far away land.
As the KING 5/AP story notes:
Jason Puracal has been reunited with his family, said Brad Chase, a spokesman for the David House Agency, a crisis-management firm that has been helping Puracal's family. He's expected to make the rounds of local and national television interviews beginning Monday night.
Puracal, a 35-year-old UW grad from Tacoma, was convicted in August 2011 and sentenced to 22 years in prison. After much lobbying and pressure from high and low - including a letter signed by 43 members of congress calling for an independent review of the case -- a three-person appeals panel in Granada finally decided to end the charade last week.
While there's plenty of reason for Puracal and his many local supporters to celebrate, there remains a chance the ordeal isn't completely over for him. As KING 5's story notes, "Nicaragua's chief of organized crime prosecutors, Javier Morazan, said he was studying the ruling of the appeals court to decide which steps to take."