Friday, December 20, 2013

Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh and Anna Vasquez" The "San Antonio Four." Columnist Judith Levine's take on "punishment without Crime," in "Seven Days." (Must read. HL);

STORY: "Punishment without crime," by Judith Levine, published by "Seven Days" (Vermont's independent voice)  on December 4, 2013.

GIST: "After reading an expos√© in a local paper, one of the “victims,” by now a young woman, recanted, tearfully recounting how her father — whose repeated advances were spurned by Ramirez — coerced her into lying about the “abuse.” In a letter, she asked her aunt’s forgiveness. “I was only 7,” she wrote, “and I was scared.” Kellogg signed an affidavit saying that, had she known then what she knows now about sexual-abuse forensics, she would not have come to the same conclusion. In fact, she should have known then. In 1992, Kenneth Lanning, the FBI’s eminent behavioral scientist and sex-crime expert, released a report shedding serious doubt on the existence of satanic abuse. In 1994, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect concluded a five-year nationwide investigation of more than 12,000 satanic-abuse accusations, most in daycare centers. It found “not a single case where there was clear corroborating evidence.” The trials were not until 1997 and 1998. Before Kellogg testified, her theory had been discredited as “junk science.” This last fact is what got the SA4 out of prison. The women’s attorneys used a new Texas law allowing retrials for people falsely convicted on junk science. The DA has agreed not to retry the women, effectively dropping the charges. It’s up to a higher court to clear their names."

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