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Legal Update – Federal appeal October 2021
“Having denied John justice at the State level,
the legal arena has now moved to the Federal Level.”

It is October 12th, 2021. This ordeal for John Buckley and his family began over Memorial Day in 2010. That night, he was wrongfully accused of sexual assault by a woman who introduced him to bondage, domination, sadism and masochism. When John decided he no longer wanted her in his life and told her their relationship was over, she accused him of rape. John was convicted because of the video tape from that last sexual encounter, and sentenced to 34 years in prison in October 2013.

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STORYCORPS INTERVIEW

Hear the interview recorded and edited from prison calls where John is unjustly incarcerated and awaiting federal appeal. The conversation includes his experiences at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, his life before, and right after.
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LEGAL UPDATE OCTOBER 2019

A Stunning New Appeal Has Been Filed Showing Exactly How the Kentucky Legal System’s Unjust Conviction Imprisoned John.
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John Buckley fought for our country. Now, he sits in jail as a result of an unjust conviction for a crime he did not commit.

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Join the fight for justice. Two minutes of your time can help free an
innocent father, and soldier.

50 Shades of Grey’s Christian and Anastasia may have had a glamorous relationship on the big screen, but if Mr. Grey lived in Kentucky he could be jailed for decades. This isn’t a pitch for a spinoff series, it’s the real-life nightmare former U.S. Army Ranger John Calvin Buckley IV is living today.

A former lover’s betrayal resulted in this decorated veteran spending his days locked in solitary confinement. Prison authorities refuse him much-needed medical care, and deny him the human rights he risked his life to defend. John was convicted of rape after his angry ex-lover reported one of their many “50 Shades” encounters as non-consensual – which he vehemently denies. In fact, he passed a polygraph examination, by a retired FBI examiner, which asked very pointed questions about that relationship. Unlike Christian Grey in the movie, John wasn’t wise enough to insist on a signed consent form.

Buckley was a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 3rd Ranger Battalion and saw his first combat 40 days after the 9-11 attacks. He served from August 2000 through December 2005 and earned combat citations and a Purple Heart in deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. There he suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Upon his honorable discharge, the VA concluded John was 100% service-connected disabled.

“In 2009, my son became a victim of Kentucky justice,” said attorney John Calvin Buckley III, the prisoner’s father.

This site is a record of and lightning rod for our efforts to set John free.

H. Louis Sirkin, Esq
John’s Federal Appeal Attorney

“The Commonwealth of Kentucky used John’s military experience and specialized training to advance the argument he instilled fear in Jessica in support of the essential element of force. Not only does the government send our soldiers to war to defend us all, while exposing them to the horrors of war but when they are lucky enough to survive and many return wounded physically and mentally, we thank them by portraying them as violent out of control human beings who need to be treated like wild animals. This should outrage the public and, in particular, our so-called public servants to investigate why this is tolerated.”

Sgt. Major Greg Birch
John’s Sgt. Major on the Hadiytha Dam

“Like so many of us, John Buckley came back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan a changed man. John was one of the first to parachute into Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11. In the next few years he saw significant combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. It is my belief his risk-taking behavior and bad choices can be attributed directly to the PTSD and TBI he suffers from. John Buckley needs treatment, not prison because of a bad choice, a spurned woman, and police officers with an agenda. Not all of us fall this far but John had help with his fall from those who were out to see him punished because of their personal reasons.”

John’s Story

 Learn more about John’s story and the unbelievable series of events that led to him serving a 40 year jail sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.

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Is This Kentucky Justice?

John sits in jail because he dared to defend himself against an aggressive off-duty officer with a history of atrocious behavior. Is this Kentucky Justice?

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How 2 Minutes Can Help Free an Innocent Man

Two minutes of your time can help restore an innocent man’s life. Click here to help free John Buckley from a Kentucky prison.

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