"Mr. Mercer had told me," Griffin recalls, "'Wendell, the judge going to grant you a new trial, but it's going to be 18 months, as opposed to you getting out right now. It's your choice. What do you want to do?' And I think I've been out 18 months today." He points out that, when he got out, he immediately realized that "I need to make myself marketable, and I need to get it pretty fast, before age is going to catch up with me and I ain't going to be able to do too much." So he got his commercial driver's license, worked as a cross-country truck driver, and now drives a delivery van for a local construction company-all things he couldn't have done if he'd waited in prison for a new trial.