Nota: “ On August 16, 2006, seven young African American lesbians were in New York’s West Village and were accosted by Dwayne Buckle, who eventually grabbed one of them, and a fight ensued. The seven women were arrested and charged with crimes such as “gang assault.” Three of them took plea agreements.
The other four lesbians Terrain Dandridge, Renata Hill, Patreese Johnson, and Venice Brown were put on trial in 2007. In the trial and the surrounding media they were dehumanized, villified, and called a “lesbian wolf-pack.” The prosecution and trial were so biased that the appeals court completely overturned all of Terrain’s convictions, and dismissed the indictment with prejudice, although by that time she had served almost two years in jail/prison.
The appeals court also overturned the more serious charges against Renata and Venice, and they both got out on bail after serving more than two years.
Patreese’s sentence was reduced, but not overturned. The district attorney is demanding that Renata be returned to prison, or face another trial.” (Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women)
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