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If a child is murdered or dies suspiciously, should the mother be the primary suspect? If she is unmarried, divorced, or otherwise 'unfit', she will likely be charged. Michelle Murphy below is one of the lucky ones. Shawnte Jones, on the other hand, is one of 20 mothers who have been wrongfully convicted of filicide. (See the WCJN chart)

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DATA BASEOF WRONGFULLY CHARGED
AND CONVICTED WOMEN


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THE GOOD!

Michelle Murphy is Released!
(Oklahoma)

THE MALICIOUS!

Shawnte Jones, wrongfully convicted of child murder, has her sentence of 35 years raised to 52 years by the Arizona Supreme Court.

THE BAD!

Kirstin Lobato Case:

Incompetent defense counsel and reckless prosecutor argue before the Nevada Supreme Court: A perfect storm of injustice.

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A mother of two at age 17, Michelle's 15 week old son was brutally murdered in 1994. An "unfit mother" in the eyes of authority, police coerced a confession from the grieving mother. ( More)
Shawnte Jones, like Michelle Murphy (at right) was a young, unmarried mother when one of her two children suddenly became ill. The baby was transported to the hospital and suddenly died. Police quickly coerced a confession from the shocked, sleep deprived mother. Shawnte was held for two years without being charged, and then rearrested four years later- six and half years after the incident! ( More )
In 2001, Kirstin Lobato was outrightly framed for the murder of a police informant who was sexually penetrated and brutally killed. The evidence for innocence compelled the Nevada Supreme Court to hear the case en banc on September 9th. For a criminal defendant, such a hearing is like the "Super Bowl"-every moment is valuable. But Kirstin's attorney wasted time on meaningless points and let the state get away with arguing about a confession which has never been entered in evidence. (Watch the Travesty)

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And The Horrible!


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Brotherly Love, Sisterly Hate?

On August 28, the Pennslyvania Board of Pardons showed its utter contempt for justice and compassion in refusing a commutation hearing for Avis Lee (pictured left). Avis was a lookout in a robbery gone awry, and was convicted of second degree murder: life without parole in Pennsylvania. Avis has already served 34 years.

WCJN and other activists participated in a rally to "Restore Meaningful Commutation for Lifers" in the state capitol of Harrisburg. View the video ( __ Minutes). Our gratitude to vibrant activist Etta Cetera for organizing the event!


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HONG KONG

AUSTRALIA

THE THIRD WORLD

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Human rights attorney and activist academic Sharron Fast is apparently well after being tear gassed. Sharron who has been in the forefront of activities writes, "We may all be arrested, but our cause is worth the ‘tarnish.’ WCJN has a contingency plan in case that Sharron-a blogger for WCJN-is arrested.
Sisters Inside will hold their magnificent conference in Brisbane on October 8th, 9th and 10th.

http://sistersinside.com.au/conference2014.htm
California governor Jerry Brown signs legislation prohibiting forced sterilizations. So women WERE being unnecessarily sterilized? WCJN has always maintained that eugenic control of undesirable women is a major cause of female incarceration.

Governor signs bill

Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval

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JAPAN: Appeal Rejected



For two issues in a row we have bad news from Japan. 87 year old Ayako Haraguchi’s appeal was rejected by a Japanese high court on July 15. Haraguchi served a 10-year prison term for the murder of her brother-in-law in 1979. Japanese courts have been very hard on women recently. (
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WCJN Blog:  Gender Matters
A Fatuous Fascination
with the Femme Fatale
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NEW CASE

Kiesha Johnson (Oregon 2003)
Sentenced to 32 years to life.


Justice: Denied!

 Announcement

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Michael Fox offers a cross cultural analysis of the public’s morbid attachment to woman murderers.
Read )
Kiesha followed a male friend to a robbery that ended in murder. Though she did not participate in the robbery or the killing, she was charged with felony murder. WCJN will assist her in filing for clemency.  (More )
Hans Sherrer, editor of Justice: Denied, has updated his magnificent data base to include issues of gender.  The comprehensive link is
 
http://forejustice.org/search_idb.htm

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Know of a case of a woman who has been wrongfully convicted, or overly charged? WCJN is happy to publicize the case. Have something to say about women and criminal justice? Send your opinions to WCJN:
wcjn.org@gmail.com  

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