Last year in Nevada, a woman who was a victim of an attempted rape and fought back against her attacker was convicted of 1st degree murder for a crime that she was in no way connected to, even though the prosecution had absolutely no evidence against her. The crime she was convicted of was completely unrelated to what occured at the scene of the attempted rape she defended herself against in may, and even happened in a different month, but they dismissed her saying that she must have "mixed up the dates".
Her name is Kirstin Lobato, and this case has been emblazoned in my mind since the day I first read about it. Kirstin is going to be serving a life sentence for a crime she did not commit, and she is only 20 years old. There is no physical evidence connecting her to the crime scene, nothing.
She was financial incapable of being able to get an attorney, and was assigned a public defender for her case, who bungled the process horribly and ended up getting her more time in prison than they had even thought was possible. The trial began when she was 18 years old, and now the same attorneys who got her all that time are filing her appeal (which will, in all probability waste it, as they won't find themselves incompetant).
At any rate, I am trying to do whatever I can to get the word out. I fear that to ignore this case and let it slip by could establish a chilling precendent, and scare even more women away from trying to defend themselves when it is a possibility for them to do so.
Another reason I am so angry about this case is because when she was being questioned on the stand, the prosecutor used the sexual abuse she had suffered as a child as a possible motive! Here is a quote from one of the news articles on the trial:
"Or, the prosecutors said the motive for the attack could have been what they say is Lobato's deep hatred of men given the fact that she has been sexually abused by various men since she was a child."
I would love to get people to know about this unjust conviction in any way possible.
You can sign a petition that will be sent to the State of Nevada about Kirstin here:
This is her website, where you can read more about her case:
Free Kirstin Lobato: Innocent and Unjustly Convicted in Nevada