222,000 Signatures Ask the Clark County District Attorney's Office to Allow DNA Testing for Kirstin Blaise Lobato!
"She placed her belief in the justice system, and she ended up being convicted of a crime that she did not commit."
~ United States District Court Judge Gloria Navarro,
Las Vegas Journal-Review, May 29, 2002.
Oral Arguments Requested from the Nevada Supreme Court
The Nevada Supreme Court has granted a motion to allow for a continuance for the oral arguments requested in Kirstin Blaise Lobato's case. These were originally scheduled for July 1st, 2014 at 10:30 am. We will let you know as soon as the new date for the oral arguments has been decided.Supplemental briefings regarding Kirstin Lobato's case have been requested by the Nevada Supreme Court. Kirstin's attorney, J.B. Afoh-Manin, filed supplemental points and authorities regarding new court opinions. These newly published opinions relate to issues addressed in Kirstin's petition for habeas corpus relief.
See the latest briefs and rulings in Kirstin's case on the Nevada Supreme Court website.
Al Jazeera America Presents "The System with Joe Berlinger," Premiered on Sunday May 18th at 9pm ET/6pm PT
Eight Episode Documentary Series from Academy Award-Nominated Filmmaker Asks Whether Justice is Being Served in America
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From Al Jazeera America's Website:
"NEW YORK, NY - 'The System with Joe Berlinger,' an original documentary series which premiered Sunday, May 18 at 9 PM ET/6 PT on Al Jazeera America, explores controversial cases across the farthest reaches of the American justice system, asking whether justice is being served.
"In this eight-part series, acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger guides the audience through a hard look at some of the most pressing issues plaguing the system: flawed forensics, faulty eyewitness testimony, juvenile justice, mandatory minimum sentencing and more.
"Al Jazeera America's documentary unit brings critically-acclaimed, long-form storytelling to audiences on Sunday evenings as part of the 'Al Jazeera America Presents' strand. Most recently, the channel aired 'Borderland,' a four-part documentary series that follows ordinary Americans confronting the realities of illegal immigration.
"This Sunday, May 18th, 'The System with Joe Berlinger' begins by looking at false confessions. There are a total of 1,304 exonerations listed in The National Registry of Exonerations; nearly half of the individuals exonerated had spent a minimum of 8 years in prison. Twenty-eight percent (28%) were cleared in part with the help of DNA evidence, and in almost two-thirds (62%) of the cases that are overturned by DNA evidence, the defendant gave a false statement."We meet Nevada's Kirstin 'Blaise' Lobato, who has twice been convicted for the brutal murder and sexual mutilation of a homeless man in Las Vegas...without any physical evidence tying her to the scene. And, she says she never confessed to the crime - instead, she admitted to stabbing a man in self-defense after he attempted to rape her. We follow Lobato's legal defense team as they try to convince the Clark County DA to examine DNA evidence that was collected, but never tested."
Read more about the series
Read "Kirstin Lobato Has New Evidence Scientifically Proving Her Actual Innocence ... Will It Matter To The Nevada Supreme Court?" By Hans Sherrer
From the article:
"Duran Bailey was a homeless man whose body was found "around 10 p.m." on July 8, 2001 behind a dumpster in the exterior trash enclosure for a bank near the Las Vegas Strip. It was determined from Mr. Bailey's autopsy that he died as a result of Blunt Head Trauma.
"Kirstin Blaise Lobato was convicted on October 6, 2006 of voluntary manslaughter and other charges related to Mr. Bailey's homicide. She was sentenced to 13 to 35 years in prison."
Hans Sherrer is editor and publisher of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch "Prosecuting Kirstin Lobato" to Learn About Kirstin's Case
Watch "Prosecuting Kirstin Lobato: Full Version" on YouTube
"Kirstin Lobato was convicted of killing Duran Bailey in 2001, a crime she said she didn't commit. This video explores the details of the crime using evidence collected and the court record."
Kirk Bloodsworth and Jeffrey Deskovic Support Kirstin on "Conversations With Cogee" on KLAV 1230AM
Noted exonerees Kirk Bloodsworth (Advocacy Director of Witness to Innocence) and Jeffrey Deskovic (Founder of the The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice) appeared on "Conversations with Cogee" on KLAV 1230AM on Monday, May 20th to support DNA testing for Kirstin Lobato. Kirstin's Father Lorenzo Lobato, Exoneree William Lopez, and Justice for Kirstin Co-Organizer Helen Caddes were also guests on the program. Cogee and his executive producer Jay attended both Does Innocent Matter? events in Las Vegas. They are strong supporters of social justice and DNA testing for Kirstin Lobato. Listen to Cogee's weekly shows on Mondays at KLAV 1230AM from 2-5pm PST.
Does Innocence Matter? Conference to Support Kirstin Blaise Lobato
We held the Does Innocence Matter? Conference to support DNA testing for Kirstin Blaise Lobato at 708 South 6th Street on Thursday, May 16th. This featured special speaking engagements with Jeffrey Deskovic, Jason Puracal, Former FBI Special Agent Steve Moore, and local award-winning journalist Stephen Jackson! We all enjoyed a wonderfully uplifting, informative evening with amazing speeches. Pictures will be posted shortly.
Visit Joseph Bishop's YouTube Channel to watch videos of the presentations of former FBI agent Steve Moore, and exonerees Jason Puracal and Jeffrey Deskovic.
Our press conference at Children's Memorial Park at 10am on Friday, May 17th took place on a beautiful day and gave everyone an opportunity to learn more about and support each other's advocacy work. Jeffrey Deskovic discussed the recent release of William Lopez, just one successful effort among many that have been spearheaded by Mr. Deskovic's foundation, The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice.
DNA Testing Should Be A Right
Do you believe in the right to have DNA tested if you were convicted of a crime you did not commit?
Please share Kirstin's story. She has spent the past 11 years of her life in prison in Las Vegas for a homicide that took place when 13 alibi witnesses have confirmed she was 170 miles away.
Kirstin's request for DNA testing of crime scene evidence to prove her innocence is currently supported by Injustice Anywhere, The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, The Innocence Project, Proving Innocence, AIDWYC, the Justice Institute, The Freedom Fighters, and the Worldwide Women's Criminal Justice Network. The Clark County District Attorney's office has the ability to authorize this testing at any time.
Article on Graham Lawyer Blog: "Kirstin Blaise Lobato Fights for DNA Testing That Would Exonerate Her."
This excellent article on Graham Lawyer Blog explains the facts of Kirstin's case very clearly.
Read "Kirstin Blaise Lobato Fights For DNA Testing That Would Exonerate Her." by Attorney Steve Graham, published February 24, 2013.
Innocence Blog: Thousands of Supporters Rally Behind Nevada Woman's Innocence Claim
Visit the Innocence Project's website to read Thousands of Supporters Rally Behind Nevada Woman's Innocence Claim from the Innocence Blog.Read letters by Innocence Project Staff Attorney Jason Kreag and Co-Founder Barry Scheck to District Attorney Steven Wolfson and District Court Judge Valorie Vega regarding the Innocence Project's offer to pay for DNA testing to be performed on evidence in Nevada v. Kirstin Blaise Lobato, Case No.: 01C177394-1.
More than 24,000 copies of "Kirstin Blaise Lobato's Unreasonable Conviction" Downloaded From Justice Denied's Website
The book details how Kirstin Lobato has twice been convicted of a July 8, 2001 Las Vegas homicide when the prosecution doesn't deny it has no physical, forensic, eyewitness, confession, informant, surveillance video or documentary evidence she was in Las Vegas at any time on the day of the crime. The prosecution also concedes she was at her home 165 miles from Las Vegas at the time new scientific evidence conclusively proves the man died between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The book also details that in 2001 the 18-year-old Ms. Lobato was prosecuted even though the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County District Attorney's Office obtained evidence three days after her arrest she is innocent.
Kirstin Lobato's Habeas Corpus Petition Filed in the Nevada Supreme Court
Read Kirstin's petition for Habeas Corpus which has been filed in the Nevada Supreme Court. The District Attorney's office has filed their opposition to her petition. We know the facts of the case prove Kirstin's innocence. We have faith in our judiciary and are confident that justice will be served.
Make Your Own "Free Kirstin Lobato" Pictures and Share Them on Twitter
Our Free Kirstin Twitter Page
We are posting pictures with "Free Kirstin Lobato" stickers in them to raise awareness about Kirstin's case so the Clark County District Attorney will allow DNA testing of 13 pieces of evidence in Kirstin's case that have not been tested. There was none of Kirstin's DNA found at the scene of the murder she is currently serving a 35 year sentence in a Las Vegas prison for. She has always maintained her innocence and that she was 170 miles away from Las Vegas in Panaca the entire day of the murder, as at least 13 alibi witnesses can verify. She has already spent 11 years in prison for a crime she did not commit, and we want to do everything we can to make sure awareness is raised about this injustice so she will not spend the next 25 years of her life there.
Even though Kirstin's petition on Change.org now has over 222,000 signatures from around the world, Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson continues to refuse to allow the Innocence Project to pay to have these pieces of DNA evidence tested. His office will not allow access to the DNA and has the power to allow it to be tested. His office could also drop opposition to Kirstin's pending appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court due to lack of evidence.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Owens of the District Attorney's Office recently appeared on the local news via phone and said that because Judge Valorie Vega (the Judge who denied Kirstin's appeal for DNA testing who also presided over both of her trials) "said no" and that she believed there was "no way testing this DNA would result in an exoneration of Kirstin Lobato," her word was good enough and there was no reason they could see for the testing to be performed.
We know the DNA is not Kirstin's, that there is a lot of it, and that with the latest in DNA touch technology, it might even identify the real perpetrator. There is no reason for the District Attorney's office to refuse to allow this testing because DNA does not lie and it will either confirm guilt or assert Kirstin's innocence. Either way, justice will be served.
Until the testing is allowed, the Justice4Kirstin team will be taking pictures all over the city of Las Vegas with our Free Kirstin Lobato stickers in them to raise awareness about Kirstin's wrongful conviction. We will tag each of our pictures with #freekirstin and #Vegas, along with any tags relevant to the picture.
Post your own "Free Kirstin Lobato" pictures with our Twitter handle @freekirstin or hashtag #freekirstin (you don't have to live in Las Vegas to be a part of this, tag your location and it will let the DA's office know that word is spreading), share Free Kirstin pics on your Facebook wall or Twitter, or just let people know about the case however you can.
Thanks to all of Kirstin's friends and supporters!
All our best,
The Justice4Kirstin Team
The Justice Institute Sends Letter to District Attorney Wolfson
The Justice Institute has sent a letter addressed to Clark County District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson informing him that Chief Deputy District Attorney Steven S. Owens had provided misinformation concerning the Kirstin Lobato case to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Associated Press, and the Nevada Supreme Court. That letter dated July 3, 2012 was received by the District Attorney?s Office on July 6, 2012, and as of August 2, 2012 no reply was received from DA Wolfson. DA Steven Wolfson and Steven S. Owens are public employees of a public agency and Kirstin Lobato?s case is a public prosecution, so the Justice Institute is making the 12-page letter and its 17-pages of 5 attached exhibits publicly available.Read the Letter
About Kirstin Blaise Lobato
Kirstin Blaise Lobato is an innocent woman who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2002. Despite the fact that no DNA evidence found at the scene tied her to the crime and multiple alibi witnesses were available to testify that she was 170 miles away the day the murder occured in Las Vegas, she has spent the last ten years of her life in prison. Please write a letter to the District Attorney's office asking him to allow The Innocence Project to pay for DNA testing of the evidence in the case of Kirstin Blaise Lobato:
We are asking Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson to allow The Innocence Project to pay for DNA testing in Kirstin's case.
To learn more about the case, please visit Justice:Denied Magazine website.
See new evidence that would exonerate Kirstin on Justice:Denied
Contact Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson
Email: [email protected]
Office of the District Attorney
200 Lewis Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: (702) 671-2500
If you choose to contact District Attorney Wolfson's office, please be respectful and professional in your communications.
Injustice Anywhere Features Kirstin's Case
Injustice Anywhere, an organization "created to help bring more knowledge and attention to wrongful convictions and to work to bring much needed reform" is featuring Kirstin's case on their website. Bruce Fischer from Injustice Anywhere has written an article entitled 100,000 Call For DA To Allow DNA Testing In Kirstin Lobato Case
Retired DC Attorney Phil Mause Asks District Attorney Steve Wolfson About Kirstin Lobato's Wrongful Conviction on Veterans in Politics Radio Show
Listen to District Attorney Steven Wolfson tell respected DC attorney Philip Mause that his office "already has taken a fresh look at the case" despite Mr. Mause's multiple assertions that Kirstin is innocent when he calls into the Veterans in Politics Radio Show on June 16, 2012.
Mr. Mause has written an article entitled The Hope Diamond Of Wrongful Convictions: The Kirstin Lobato Case.
(High Quality Stream)
Read a Transcript of the Call
Please write a letter to the District Attorney's office asking him to allow The Innocence Project to pay for DNA testing of the evidence in the case of Kirstin Blaise Lobato: