Cameron says Stiles "recanted her recantation" when two state inspectors indicated she could be charged with perjury.
In September of last year, Judge Samuel J. Sferrazza decided that Stiles had been telling the truth in her original testimony against the two men. He rejected Fuger's "manifest injustice" finding, said Gould had failed to prove he was "actually innocent," and dismissed his plea for a new trial.
Damon Kirschbaum is a Hartford attorney who was just assigned Gould's appeals case by the public defender's office. He declined last week to discuss anything to do with the charges against O'Donnell, and is hesitant to talk about Gould's chances to eventually have his conviction overturned.
"We need to review an enormous amount of material," he explains. "We probably won't be able to file a brief until the end of the summer."
So Gould is waiting for another appeal to be filed, while O'Donnell waits for his own trial.
Neither Tolland State's Attorney Matthew Gedansky, who is handling the O'Donnell prosecution, nor O'Donnell's attorney would comment on the upcoming hearing.
Cameron says the state's accusations involving O'Donnell depend entirely on Stiles, just as it was her original testimony that put Gould and Taylor in prison. He points out that the problem for the prosecution and the defense in both cases is the same:
"She's completely unreliable as a witness," Cameron warns. "This is a very simple case that rests on a completely unreliable witness."