Let Your Voices Be Heard!
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!
DATA BASEOF WRONGFULLY CHARGED
AND CONVICTED WOMEN
A rally will be held in Harrisburg on Thursday, August 28. Come one, Come all!
WCJN Case of the Month
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.
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 ).
! Appeals !
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.
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 )
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 )
Remains in prison sentenced to Death in Pakistan. Petition available by clicking on the link above.
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!
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: email@example.com