Update (1 p.m.): Judge Mary Roman granted bail to Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Cassie Rivera, and Kristie Mayhugh after the ‘San Antonio 4’ have spent as long as 15 years in prison for a crime that they claim never occurred.
The 3 women still incarcerated were not in the 175th district court today, and all the paperwork for the case was signed outside of public view. The Defense’s Mike Ware made the announcement that proved anticlimax for a packed court room that normally Is sparsely filled.
The 4 were accused by Elizabeth Ramirez’s nieces of sexually assaulting them nearly two decades ago now, a claim one of the girls would recant as an adult, saying she had been forced to lie by her father.
The District Attorney’s Office agreed that key forensic testimony and evidence was flawed and did not dispute the outcome of today’s hearing on those grounds, but the actual innocence of the women the state still disputes. Friday, Bexar County District Attorney, Susan Reed stated if the Court of Criminal Appeals rules the 4 can have a new trial, she will not proceed with it, effectively freeing the women for good.
Anna Vasquez, the only one of the convicted to be present today, was paroled a year ago under what Ware calls draconian parole stipulations.
These stipulations will raised as a result of the this hearing.
The case now is sent to the Court Criminal of Criminal Appeals in Austin. It has no date set nor deadline currently.
A new public image campaign launched last week by Bexar County schools is aimed at making you aware of how great public schools are doing in the face of dramatic hardships. The "Go Public" campaign asks people to look at the multiple roles public schools have been asked to take on and to tell their stories supporting them.
The response to sexual assaults among military personnel has been so derided recently that a new pentagon report out showing a 46 percent increase in sexual assaults means more debate is inevitable with possible legislation to follow.
A group documenting the lives of women in the Rio Grande Valley has released a new human rights report that shows how funding cuts in 2011 and Texas’ new abortion bill have affected the lives of Latina women living in South Texas.
Complete Wrap (11/13): Within minutes of Judge Janet Littlejohn’s decision to dissolve a restraining order that halted the demolition of the former home of Univision in San Antonio, activists took matters into their own hands.
As real estate developer Greystar was ready to restart the demolition, preservation activists Graciela Sanchez of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Antonia Castaneda, along with two others climbed the fence of the demolition site to halt the work.