Today I want you to consider how people in the United States can be denied justice.  As we all know, the Patriot Act takes away many of our constitutional protections.  But even a court-appointed lawyer is no guarantee of constitutional ‘due process’ when a person is arrested under the regular
US laws.  

Consider the case of Kirstin Lobato, a teenager who wasn’t in the wrong place at the wrong time, BUT NOT EVEN THERE AT ALL! Did you ever get accused of something that you didn’t do? Did you argue your case to your parents and teachers?  Did you ever get punished for something that is not your fault?  That is THE WORST. 

Now imagine that you are 18 and have had some problems with drugs and some family problems.  Imagine that some guy tried to rape you and you fought back.  Now imagine that the police are at your door a month or two later, after you confided to your teacher about the attack, and they’re asking you questions.  You cooperate, right?  Of course.   You think they are taking your statement about the attack, right?  Well not in
Las Vegas in 2001.
Read the story below, and if you want to help out, I’ll give you a link at the end of this post.Here is a summary of the case from an article published in 2004, but if you click on the link at the bottom you can read a lot more about the case:

Las Vegas Police and Prosecutors Frame Woman 170 Miles From Murder Scene – Kirstin Lobato’s “Very Peculiar Story”

 By Hans Sherrer

Edited by Natalie Smith-Parra,

JD EditorJustice: Denied magazine, Issue 26, Fall 2004, pp 5, 19-23  

Nineteen year-old Kirstin Lobato was convicted in May 2002 of murdering a homeless
Las Vegas man who was beaten, stabbed and sexually mutilated on July 8, 2001. She was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years in prison. Yet multiple witnesses confirm that on the day of the man’s death Kirstin was in Panaca, Nevada, 170 miles from
Las Vegas. Her presence in Panaca is consistent with crime scene evidence that positively excludes her from having anything to do with his death, and that there is no evidence she had ever met the man. In a masterful frame-up that may be marveled at for decades as a text book case of how the three branches of the legal system interact to ensure a wrongful conviction, prosecutors worked hand-in-glove with the police to orchestrate, in the courtroom of an overtly compliant judge, the conviction of a plainly innocent young woman.
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When we say the Pledge of Allegiance in school, one of the things we are saying we have is a nation with liberty and justice for all.  What about justice for Kirstin?  If you’d like to learn more or find out how to help, click here: JUSTICE 4 Kirstin