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WCJN Explores WHY?

Why do innocent women get arrested? Is "guilt by association" enough to put a women in prison for life? Do prosecutors have a vision of an "unfit mother?" Explore our new Motives and Causes page!

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DATA BASEOF WRONGFULLY CHARGED
AND CONVICTED WOMEN


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In Memoriam: Lynn Dejac Peters
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Lynn served 14 wrongful years for the murder of her daughter. (Obituary) The case's star witness was her live-in boyfriend who received immunity to testify. DNA later confirmed him as the murderer. This was not a mistaken conviction, but a frame-up to protect the boyfriend who was likely a police informer. WCJN cites two other cases, Julie Rea (exonerated) and Darlie Routier ( on death row in Texas) of women wrongfully convicted to protect the male perpetrator. 
Commutation Rally for Avis Lee-34 years in prison is enough! (PA)
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In 1979, 18 year old Avis Lee served only as a lookout in a robbery  in which a murder occurred. She was sentenced to life imprisonment. Parole for lifers is practically dead in Pennsylvania. We hope to stir the parole board to grant commutation!

A rally will be held in Harrisburg on Thursday, August 28. Come one, Come all!


Harrisburg Rally Info  
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More about Avis Lee

Renee Thomas: Compassionate Parole Requested (PA)
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Renee Thomas was found guilty of second degree murder in Pennsylvania and sentenced to life in 1984. Suffering from a terminal illness, she wants to pass peacefully at home. Urge the governor to grant compassionate release.

Link to the petition

More about Renee’s Case.

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WCJN Case of the Month
Sept 2014
Miriam Nebot
Pennsylvania

Sentenced to 15 to 35 years for "failing to protect” her newborn baby from a sociopathic husband.

Is “failure to protect” a child from an abusive spouse a crime? It is in Pennsylvania. And when the abuser is the father, the mother will almost certainly bare the brunt of punishment. 

Michael Fox analyzes the phenomena in 
“Failure to Protect:Criminalizing Mothers for Male Child Abuse”   published this month on Znet.


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Communications:


Renowned progressive thinker and writer Michael Albert (right), editor of Znet, asks, “Why is a women’s criminal justice network being run by a man?”    (  
The answer ).


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! Appeals !


Karlyn Eklof (OR)

High Court Hearing
on Sept 8!


Crystal Weimer (PA)

Federal Court Opens Case!


Debra Milke (AZ) 

Would retrial = 

double jeopardy?

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Karlyn refused a plea bargain of 10 years in 1996 (out for good behavior in 8 years). She took her chance in front of a jury and was sentenced to 2 life terms plus 17 years-for a single murder. According to Attorney Jason Weber, upcoming deliberations will decide "whether a person should be able to bring a late or untimely PCR claim based on the discovery of exculpatory evidence that was not disclosed by police.  This is an issue that has not previously been decided in Oregon.” 

Crystal was charged with homicide in a 3 and ½ year unsolved case. Charges were dropped and she was later rearrested and convicted. Her case has been championed by the Innocence Institute. Crystal wrote her appeal to the federal court herself, and it has been accepted, and counsel assigned! Crystal-KUDOS!

If an appellate court overturns a guilty decision and declares that the original trial was a gross miscarriage of justice, could retrial be barred as double jeopardy? Attorney Lori Voepel, in a brilliant brief focussing on 
two Arizona Cases,  argues yes! The Arizona Court of Appeals held a hearing on the issue. Listen to the oral arguments.

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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. (
More )



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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NEWS

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Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan, charged with assaulting a police officer, has been released from Rikers Island. She is now campaigning for change to the horrible conditions there.

Prison Report

1000 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio dumped their food in protest last week after maggots were found in the kitchen and dining areas. ( More )

Kristi Lunberry who served six years in prison after wrongfully confessing to her husband’s murder, and was later exonerated, has been featured on the TV series Snapped. Though the show left out a lot, it is good to know they are examining innocence cases.

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Asia Bibi

Remains in prison sentenced to Death in Pakistan. Petition available by clicking on the link above.

Marissa Alexander 

Has been denied “Stand your ground relief” for a warning shot at her abusive husband. The Florida D.A wants her to serve 60 years!

Meriam Ibrahim

Has been released from prison in the Sudan and is currently in the States with her husband.


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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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