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Supporters Seek Justice for Mentally Disabled Girl Convicted at the age of 15

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There is a campaign to help a woman who many claim has been a victim of unjust incarceration.  Christy Phillips supporters have placed a petition on Change.org seeking to rally support for the California inmate.  Philips was convicted in 2002 of murdering an elderly woman.  Her supporters claim that her confession was coerced and had no physical or forensic evidence linking her to the murder.

Supporters also say that Phillips has many mental disabilities and was barely 15 years old at the time of her arrest.

Here is more of what the petition has to say:

“Barely 15 years old Christy was taken by Rialto Police, held overnight against her will denied her constitutional right to remain silent and to have a parent present during her interrogation. The Rialto Police officers used intimidation and isolation as part of there tactic to manipulate and pressure Christy into making a confession to a crime she originally reported. Due to Christy’s youth, mental disabilities the lack of experience with the criminal justice system, Christy was an easy victim of police manipulation.”

Supporters say that the trial judge admitted to violating Christie’s rights under Welfare and Institution Codes 637(a) and that her right to remain silent was also violated.   She was given a sentence of life in prison and her family claims that she was not given adequate representation.

“During a motion to supress the illegally obtained confession expert testimony was given by a clinical and forensic pyschologist testified about false confessions for the defense, but was forbidden by Christy’s public defender to explain the extent of Christy’s mental illnesses and her history of abuse to the jury…the role they played in Christy’s coerced confession to Rialto Police.”

The group says that during her time of incarceration, Christie has rehabilitated herself and helps with the seniors in the prison.  Letters of support can be sent to the address below:

Christy Phillips W-94100 C.C.W.F. P.O.BOX 1508 512-15-2up Chowchilla, Ca.93610. Listen to Christy’s interview http://tobtr.com/3046483   Christy’s defense fund at: www.gofundme.com/20h29c