Arizona single mom jailed 4.5 months for existing while brown

Discussion in 'Civil Rights & Privacy' started by Mike, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Phoenix New Times: A Woman Was Held in Jail Because Authorities Thought She Was Illegal

    Recently, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office alleged Briseira Torres, a shy, 31-year-old single mom from Glendale, was here illegally and that Briseira Torres was not her real name.

    She was accused of three counts of forgery, in part because her driver's license had her real name on it, which the MCAO thought was bogus. Following her arrest, she was held without bond in Estrella Jail for 4 1/2 months.

    Torres lost her home and car because she couldn't make the payments as she endured Estrella's harsh conditions, lousy food, and detention officers.


    Torres was released on August 3, after the MCAO was forced to dismiss the case.


    The judge remarked that the documents on file with Vital Records had been "available to the state," and in oral arguments, the prosecutor had to admit that he'd never bothered to pull the file and inspect it.

    More troubling still was Passamonte's observation that the MCAO's lone witness, Detective Chris Oberly of the Arizona Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General, told the grand jury this:

    In 1999, Vital Records discovered that Torres' birth certificate, in his words, had been "falsely created" by Torres' mother and so the department "canceled it."

    This was not true, according to Vital Records. Torres' birth certificate never was canceled and remains as valid as the day it was issued.

  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    i sense big dollars in this case. really really big dollars. 4.5 months false imprisonment, gross negligence, false statements, ka ching $ ka ching $
    phoebepontiac likes this.
  3. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    $45 million easy.

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