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Kirstin Lobato retrial on CourtTV Extra. Much controversy surrounds the murder retrial of Kirstin Blaise Lobato, a woman many have claimed may be a rare case indeed - an actual wrongful conviction. Previous
posted by MsWonderland (10 comments total)

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It's good to know that wrongful convictions are rare.
posted by mullingitover at 11:20 PM on September 26, 2006

I'm interested enough to want to see a transcript, but not watch the actual trial.

I agree with mullingitover about wrongful convictions.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:08 AM on September 27, 2006

Rare cases.
posted by mediareport at 12:23 AM on September 27, 2006

So americans still have trials? It appears I was misinformed.
posted by spazzm at 6:19 AM on September 27, 2006

A jailhouse snitch who had committed perjury prior was the State's key witness. Korinda Martin claimed on the stand that Kirstin had confessed to her in jail. This conversation never happened. Martin received a plea bargain out of the majority of her remaining jail time in return for this "testimony."

Ugh. Local prosecutors suck. How is it a good idea for someone to have a job is where their sole responsibility is to put people in jail guilty or not? Especially when there is no penalty for these horrible ethical lapses.

A friend of mine recently got convicted for "assaulting" her ex-boyfriend, even though he had kicked her from behind and was holding her down and not letting her move. She bit his nose, and when the cops came, he decided to arrest her. Since one random cop "picked" her as the aggressor, the whole system lined up against her. The cop even managed to get a nurse at the hospital to destroy some records! The cop and the nurse were friends and the nurse destroyed her report and then lied about ever taking it down in deposition.

Her ex lied repeatedly before the trial, even about things I was personally witnessed too. But in the end it didn't matter at all, and she was convicted.

These people don't care about the truth, only "scoring points". It's disgusting.
posted by delmoi at 10:22 AM on September 27, 2006

So americans still have trials? It appears I was misinformed.

We're phasing them out.
posted by delmoi at 10:23 AM on September 27, 2006

Habeas Corpus article on Salon.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:21 PM on September 27, 2006

Wrongful convictions in America are not rare. It boils down to prosecutors needing to secure a large number of sucessful convictions to keep their jobs.
posted by zardoz at 5:42 PM on September 27, 2006

I'm going to assume that line about wrongful convictions being rare was ironic, or some kind of joke.. or something. No one is that naive, right?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 7:02 PM on September 27, 2006

Yeah, it was an ironic turn of phrase. I'm definitely aware of wrongful convictions after meeting exonerees from death row.

I'm just so flummoxed by this case, it really leaves me wondering if justice is even within the scope of possibility, much less a constitutional right in Amerika.
posted by MsWonderland at 12:24 AM on September 28, 2006

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