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Southwest of Salem Documentary
Southwest of Salem is a new documentary that excavates the nightmarish persecution of Elizabeth Ramirez, Cassandra Rivera, Kristie Mayhugh, and Anna Vasquez — four Latina lesbians wrongfully convicted of allegedly gang raping two little girls. This bizarre case is the first to be adjudicated under momentous new legislation: for the first time in U.S. history, wrongfully convicted innocents can challenge convictions based on debunked scientific evidence. The film also unravels the sinister interplay of mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor which led to this modern day witch hunt.
Southwest of Salem premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Friday, April 15, 2016. The film continues to be a popular event at other major film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. The documentary has not yet been distributed to the general public but we expect that to happen in the near future.
Case Status: The criminal district court judge ruled that the SA4 should receive new trials. He did not rule that the case merited a finding of "actual innocence." IPTX has appealed this decision to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA). The CCA decision is pending with no deadline for the court to make its ruling.