Archive for April, 2015

Day one of ‘San Antonio Four’ hearing

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The “San Antonio Four” appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since they were convicted and sentenced for sexual assault in the late 90’s.

These four women — were sent to prison for more than a decade, after being accused of raping and threatening two young girls with a gun.

The four were let out about three years ago on bond, based on new evidence…now the defense says they have even more new evidence.

Read the article by Andrew Lofholm of News 4 San Antonio.

Is Shaken Baby Syndrome the New Satanic Panic?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

“It’s never simple when science suffers a shakeup. The road to the truth is littered with fallen experts who were disgraced when they tried to disprove—or prove—the common wisdom, be it that the earth revolves around the sun or that witches float. Today’s researchers are fighting to restore logic in the debate over vaccinations, global warming, and the increasingly hazy medical condition called Shaken Baby Syndrome, whose adherents accuse, pursue and prosecute an estimated 250 parents, babysitters and other caretakers each year.”

Read the article by Amy Nicholson in LA Weekly.


California’s Sane New Approach to Sex Offenders

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

“Why did you write a book about the sex offender registry?”

“When I saw the research on the registry I was really shocked at how pointless it is. And it was shocking because usually, when you research something, there’s ambiguity—there are some good things and there are some bad things. But with the registry, there’s really no research that shows it’s effective at all.”

Read the interview with NCRJ Director Emily Horowitz in Slate.