Let Your Voices Be Heard!
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)
DATA BASEOF WRONGFULLY CHARGED
AND CONVICTED WOMEN
Michelle Murphy is Released!
Shawnte Jones, wrongfully convicted of child murder, has her sentence of 35 years raised to 52 years by the Arizona Supreme Court.
Kirstin Lobato Case:
Incompetent defense counsel and reckless prosecutor argue before the Nevada Supreme Court: A perfect storm of injustice.
And The Horrible!
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.
THE THIRD WORLD
Governor signs bill
Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval
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."
Kiesha Johnson (Oregon 2003)
Sentenced to 32 years to life.
Michael Fox offers a cross cultural analysis of the public’s morbid attachment to woman murderers. Read )
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: firstname.lastname@example.org