Justice Overruled – Theresa Cruz’s Conviction Upheld

by Diana Block
On January 15, 1999 a three judge panel of the ninth district circuit court upheld Theresa Cruz’s original conviction, reversing the April 1998 ruling of federal appeals court judge Napoleon Jones. For those of you who have been following Theresa’s case, this is a serious setback, particularly given our hopes last year when her conviction was finally, righteously overturned. Her lawyer has put in an appeal to have her case heard by a full panel of the ninth district court but it’s not clear whether they will agree to that. Needless to say, Theresa and her family are very depressed about this and in need of support. You can write Theresa at #W-40058, CIW, Frontera, CA 91720. Donations for her defense fund can be sent directly to Defense Fund for Theresa Cruz, Accnt.#6832-217806 (write accnt# on check), Wells Fargo Bank, Bonita Office, 4180 Bonita Rd., Bonita, CA 91902.
We are also planning to circulate a letter supporting Theresa’s release for endorsement by organizations and prominent community members which can then be used in a variety of ways. If you have any ideas for groups or individuals who would be interested in endorsing, please let us know. Any other ideas and suggestions for supporting Theresa’s case are always welcome.