• Short Summary

    A 21-YEAR-OLD MOTHER IS APPEALING AGAINST A 90-DAY JAIL SENTENCE WHICH SHE WAS ORDERED TO SERVE AFTER SHE REFUSED THE ALTERNATIVE - VOLUNTARY STERILIZATION.

  • Description


    MRS NANCY HERNANDEZ; HE LAWYER MR LUIS RENGA; MUNICIPAL JUDGE FRANK KEARNEY (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: MRS HERNANDEZ: "WHEN IT WENT TO COURT FOR MANY PROBATION HEARING...I THOUGHT THAT WAS ALL. BUT ABOUT 20 MINUTES BEFORE I WENT IN COURT I HAD TO SEE MY PROBATION OFFICER AND SHE NOTIFIED ME OF SOMETHING THAT HAD ALSO COME UP WAS THAT IF I AGREED TO HAVING A TUBERLISATION OR IT WAS EITHER SIX MONTHS IN JAIL. AND I AGREED TO IT RIGHT AWAY. I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE MY CHILDREN ANY MORE."



    MR.RENGA: "I HAVE NO IDEA WHY SUCH A TERM AND CONDITION WAS IMPOSED. IT'S TOTALLY UNRELATED TO THAT FACTS IN THIS CASE."



    JUDGE KEARNEY: "I MEAN THIS WOMAN HAD ABANDONED HERSELF TO AN IMMORAL LIFE.. NOT ALONE IN HER ASSOCIATION AND ONE YEAR OF LIVING WITH THIS MAN AND BEARING HIS CHILD...BUT WATCHING HIM SHOOT HEROIN - LETTING HER CHILDREN GROW UP IN THAT HOME."



    MRS HERNANDEZ: "WELL, TO ME...I MEAN HE THINKS I'M GOING TO GO ROUND HAVING MORE ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN."



    MR RENGA: "DO YOU HAVE AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD?"



    MRS HERNANDEZ: "JUST ONE. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN - ONE BY MY PREVIOUS MARRIAGE AND ONE FROM JOE SANTCHEZ."



    JUDGE KEARNEY: "THIS WOMAN TO MY KNOWLEDGE HAS NO CRIMINAL RECORD TO THIS YET IN READING. THE PROBATION REPORT THAT FOR OVER ONE YEAR THIS WOMAN HAS BEEN LIVING WITH A NARCOTIC ADDICT - AND BRINGING HER CHILDREN UP IN THAT ENVIRONMENT- IT SEEMED TO REHABILITATE HER."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A 21-YEAR-OLD MOTHER IS APPEALING AGAINST A 90-DAY JAIL SENTENCE WHICH SHE WAS ORDERED TO SERVE AFTER SHE REFUSED THE ALTERNATIVE - VOLUNTARY STERILIZATION. MRS NANCY HERNANDEZ, MOTHER OF TWO SMALL CHILDREN, PLEADED GUILTY TO A CHARGE OF BEING IN A PLACE WHERE NARCOTICS WERE BEING USED. MUNICIPAL JUDGE FRANK KEARNEY OFFERED HER THE CHOICES BECAUSE, HE SAID, 'IT SEEMED TO ME SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE MORE CHILDREN BECAUSE OF HER PROPENSITY TO LIVE AN IMMORAL LIFE." MRS HERNANDEZ WAS RELEASED ON A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER SHE CHOSE TO GO TO JAIL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA98B8YQZBMZ6KHKKU72A7YPNWD
    Media URN:
    VLVA98B8YQZBMZ6KHKKU72A7YPNWD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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