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Texas women released from prison after ‘junk science’ assault convictions

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The last three of the Texas women known as the “San Antonio 4” were released from prison on Monday, 15 years after being convicted of sexual assault based on “junk science” surrounding the behavior of gay women.

Reuters reported that Kristie Mayhugh, Elizabeth Ramírez and Cassandra Rivera were released on bail. The fourth woman, Anna Vasquez, was released on parole last year.

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The group was convicted in 1998 of committing successive assaults against two of Ramírez’s nieces, then 7 and 9 years old, in 1994. A witness for the prosecution, pediatrician Nancy Kellogg, testified that the two young girls’ injuries were used in satanic rituals prevalent among lesbians.

“It was a complete injustice to us,” Vasquez told Reuters. “At this point in my life, I am past angry. I’ve just learned to deal with it and move forward.”

The Associated Press reported that the group’s attorney, Mike Ware, helped engineer their release by citing a state law allowing defendants to appeal their sentences if they could prove prosecutors used “junk science” to build their cases. Also, KABB-TV reported that one of the women’s accusers recanted her story in 2012.

“In the beginning there was no hope but this day has finally arrived,” Herrera told the AP. “I pray that this doesn’t happen to anybody else.”

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Watch KABB’s story on the release of the “San Antonio 4,” aired on Monday, below.

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Mnuchin begs Chris Wallace: Take the president ‘very literally’ except on being ‘the chosen one’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Sunday that Americans should take President Donald Trump's hyperbolic comments "very literally" -- but he allowed for some exceptions.

During an interview on FOX News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Trump had recently "ordered" companies not to do business with China.

"When the president says something, how seriously, how literally should we take it?" Wallace asked.

"I think most of the time, you should take it very literally," Mnuchin insisted. "I think sometimes he says things that are meant to be a joke."

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‘The Mooch’ attended Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons — because Trump ‘has lost his mind’

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Former White House press secretary Anthony Scaramucci attended a fundraiser for former Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday.

CBS News reporter Ben Mitchell posted a photo of Scaramucci at the event, and subsequently interviewed "The Mooch."

Scaramucci said he was still a registered Republican, but added that Trump "has lost his mind."

Spotted at a Biden event in the Hamptons: Fmr. Trump WH Comms Director Anthony @Scaramucci pic.twitter.com/PWVTZ8Qm15

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Sean Spicer wonders if he’ll dance better than Geraldo or Tucker Carlson: ‘I’ve set the bar very, very low’

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Sean Spicer retreated to the friendly environment of Fox News on Saturday following a week of being publicly denounced.

In a widely criticized decision, ABC announced that President Donald Trump's former White House press secretary would be a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

ABC was blasted for "normalizing fascism" by allowing Spicer to rehabilitate his public image on the show.

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