Sunday, September 16, 2012

All a horrible mistake?


This may have some pretty far-reaching implications for all involved in law enforcement, the prosecution, the defense attorneys and the Judiciary as well.

If they are truly innocent this has been a horrible thing for them to go through.

Woman recants accusation of sex assault
In 1994, four women were accused of sex assault.  Now a witness has recanted.
By Michelle Mondo - Express-News

Sitting in the prison where she's spent nearly half of her life, Elizabeth Ramirez is stunned by the words that could help exonerate her and three friends of the sexual assault of her two nieces, a crime she said she couldn't fathom let alone commit.

It never happened, one niece now says of the debauched, orgy-like nightmare that she and her older
sister described to San Antonio police in 1994 when they were 7 and 9.

“I want my aunt and her friends out of prison,” Stephanie, 25, said by phone last week. “Whatever it takes to get them out I'm going to do. I can't live my life knowing that four women are sleeping in a cage because of me.”

Sixteen years into a 37½-year sentence, Ramirez prayed for such a turn of events.

While Stephanie's recantation may not ultimately lead to the legal exoneration the women are fighting to win, it's closer to vindication.

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