Two days after their release from prison, the San Antonio Four stand side-by-side in high spirits. Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez (paroled earlier this year) were incarcerated for crimes they say they were falsely accused of, for more than decade. New evidence determined their case rested on faulty evidence or "junk science." The decision was aided by a new Texas law that bolsters the junk science argument in granting appeals. Jeff Blackburn, attorney with the Innocence Project of Texas, says the law will usher in a "new era" for justice in criminal cases in Texas. The National Center for Reason and Justice got involved in the case in 2008, later joining forces with the Innocence Project.
The two groups held a media conference this morning where the newly freed women fielded questions from the press. They talked about reuniting with their families during their short time out of prison, expressed gratitude for all those who helped secure their release and said they have full faith they will eventually be exonerated.
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