In the fall of 1994, months after two young sisters spent a week visiting their aunt Elizabeth Ramirez, the girls told their grandmother, father and police that they had been ritualistically and sexually abused by the aunt and her three female friends, ages 19-21. The accused women were convicted after jury trials in 1997 and 1998 and went to prison. But an Express-News investigation that included a review of trial transcripts and police reports, and interviews with experts and key players in the case, questions the validity of medical evidence presented in the trials and the credibility of the accusers. Were the women wrongfully convicted?Here's a website devoted to the case. The innocence claims were developed over the last couple of years by a group called the National Center for Reason and Justice, I'm told by their boardmember Debbie Nathan. NCRJ bills itself as "An innocence campaign for people wrongly accused or convicted of crimes against children," and Nathan informs me that the Innocence Project of Texas recently agreed to accept the four women involved as clients.
More on this after I've seen the full story.