Movement had finally occurred in this notorious false memory case.
The remaining three of four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 have been freed after a judge agreed that their convictions were tainted by faulty witness testimony.
Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh and Cassandra Rivera were released on bond Monday after a judge decided to recommend that an appeals court vacate their 1998 convictions. They were convicted of assaulting two of Ramirez’s nieces, ages 7 and 9, in successive attacks during a week in 1994. The girls testified that the women held them by their wrists and ankles, attacked them and threatened to kill them.
It was more than a decade until their case was noted by the Innocence Project of Texas, which investigates potential wrongful conviction cases. Two years later, petitions were filed on their behalf with the court of appeals after the witness recanted her story. Their convictions will be vacated but that is not an official pronouncement of innocence. They will not be retried.
It’s a great relief but nothing can undo the years lost thanks to faulty eyewitness testimony – a most unreliable form of evidence.
More on this story is here from September 2012 when hope was brightened for the women in jail.