Four Lives Lost Press Release

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National Center for Reason and Justice

www.ncrj.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Debbie Nathan

National Center for Reason and Justice

naess2@gmail.com

NCRJ Optimistic for Justice in Case of Falsely Accused Gay Texas Women

New York, NY—December 20, 2010

The four women, all friends, didn’t stand a chance. It was 1994 in Texas. They were young, poor, mostly Latina—and gay. It was easy to falsely accuse them of raping little girls. It was barely harder to convict them.

The National Center for Reason and Justice, a non-profit legal and advisory group for the falsely accused and wrongfully convicted, is much encouraged by an in-depth feature article in today’s San Antonio Express News documenting serious flaws in the trial and convictions of four gay women accused of sexually abusing children.

Three of the women were only 19 and the fourth was 21 when they were accused, in 1994. Elizabeth Ramirez was sent to prison in 1997 and the other three were convicted the next year. The medical evidence was invalid and should not have been admitted. The case was poisoned with homophobia and hysteria, including about non-existent “satanic ritual abuse.”

The NCRJ has sponsored this case for over two years and worked with the Innocence Project of Texas, which recently accepted the case for appeal.

The public has been too long unaware of the serious errors that led to this miscarriage of justice. We hope that the exposure in the Express-News will be followed by the national attention this case deserves.

The story was published in the Express-News today and will be available at the paper’s web site on Wednesday.