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    Mrs. Inez Garcia -- who became a heroine of the Women's Liberation Movement when she?

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    GV CU Demonstrators with banners out-side court (4 shots)

    CU Mrs. Garcia with lawyer

    CU Sketches of proceedings in court (5 shots)

    GV SCU Demonstrators with banners chanting slogans (4 shots)

    CU Lawyer Charles garry speaks;

    GARRY: "I was on one of the talk shows last week and women called in who had been raped. One woman said she had been raped thirty years ago. If she caught the buy right now she would kill him."

    REPORTER BRIGGS: The trial of Mrs. Inez Garcia didn't begin as a cause, but it seems to have ended as one. She was accused of second-degree murder for shooting the companion of a man who she said raped her lest spring. But her lawyer, Charles Garry, was never able to have the rape incident fully explored in the trial. During the trial, Mrs. Garcia said that about seventeen minutes after the alleged rape she went home, got a .22 rifle and went gunning for the rapist and his friend. She only found the friend and told the court: "I killed the son of a bitch and I wish I had killed the other." The defence said she was under great strain and called it self defence even though it happened after the rape. But the jury convicted, and today Mrs. Garcia was sentenced five years to life. Judge Stanley Lawson said he wanted to tell thousands of women who signed petitions supporting Mrs. Garcia: "This is a government of laws, not men. Man of those women didn't agree.

    BRIGGS:"They felt the defence should have been allowd to show how rape can traumatise women."

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    Background: Mrs. Inez Garcia -- who became a heroine of the Women's Liberation Movement when she shot dead the companion of a man alleged to have raped her -- was given a five-years-to-life gaol sentence on Monday (21 October).

    Mrs. Garcia, aged 30, admitted shooting dead Miguel Jiminez, aged 21, at Soledad California in March this year. She claimed he had stood by while another man raped her in an alley.

    The mother of an 11 year-old son dismayed her attorney and shocked the Monterey courtroom by saying from the witness stand: "I killed the son of a bitch and I wish I had killed the other."
    The judge reminded the court several times that it was a murder trial, not a rape trial. He called Mrs. Garcia a "huntress" - referring to the way she searched out her alleged rapists with a loaded gun - and noted that Mrs. Garcia's victim had not had the opportunity to stand trial.

    The trial attracted hundreds of Women's Liberation supporters who demonstrated in support of Mrs. Garcia outside the courtroom.

    Mrs. Garcia's attorney, charles Garry spoke about rape with NBC reporter, Fred Briggs.

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