“It is the end to her nearly 17-year nightmare . . . . It’s over.” –Innocence Project Director of Post-Conviction Litigation Vanessa Potkin, The Intercept
Kirstin Lobato was just a teenager when she was charged with and convicted of the brutal 2001 murder of a homeless man in Las Vegas. For nearly 17 years, Lobato, who goes by the nickname “Blaise,” fought to prove that she was wrongfully convicted. Finally last week, with help from the Innocence Project, Lobato was declared innocent and freed when the County District Attorney’s Office moved to dismiss all charges related to the 2001 murder.
“Blaise is a survivor. She has endured abuse in her community and by our criminal justice system,” says Innocence Project Director of Post-Conviction Litigation Vanessa Potkin, one of Lobato’s attorneys. “But she has prevailed. She is an incredibly strong woman with a story to tell and a whole lot to share with the world.”
Check out some of the amazing photos from her first moments of freedom.