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Did a professor help plan the murder of her alleged rapist?

A college professor is behind bars in connection with a murder nearly 20 years ago. She was a college student in California at the time. Today she teaches at a Swiss university and lives there with her husband and daughter. Stephanie Elam looks at the twists and turns that landed her in custody back in the U.S.
This is a complicated case. Anderson discussed it with CNN Legal Analysts Danny Cevallos and Sunny Hostin.
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Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Danny Cevallos • Stephanie Elam • Sunny Hostin
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  1. Destinatus

    This should be a lesson for those who don't know. Don't talk to the police or report crime. The police are lazy government employees who couldn't do anything else with their lives and just want to collect a check. So, if you report a crime, you are the #1 suspect. Avoid the police at all cost. She did it right the first time by not going to the police.

    January 1, 2014 at 2:38 pm |
  2. Maria

    well, if you say the rape did not take place, you have to agree she did not have a motive to kill Ramirez...

    December 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  3. Keith

    Hope she gets off

    December 18, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
  4. JenniferJustice

    If he did rape her, I hope it was her who ended his life, even indirectly and mostly, I hope he knew it was her who was responsible for his demise. If our entire country went vigilante, we would just be mass chaos, however, if once in a while, somebody gets away with offing somebody untouchable by are justice sytem and who whole-heartedly deserved such revenge, I am pleased.

    December 18, 2013 at 10:44 am |
  5. Chris B

    You know the good book says "turn the other cheek" She would have been wise to listen to that, but I guess in this case it would have been roll over.

    December 18, 2013 at 7:29 am |
    • Bob

      No book that tells a person to "turn the other cheek"(which means to offer the other cheek to one who has struck the other) can be considered remotely "good", especially in the case of rape.

      By your logic if someone murders your child, you should offer them another one of your children to be killed.

      January 28, 2014 at 9:30 pm |
  6. JosephB

    I hope she did, and I hope she gets away with it. I hope rapist know it. The justice system is a joke when "protecting" women. These are are mothers, wifes, and daughters; rapist and child molestors deserve the "one bullet" solution.

    December 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Harlon Katz

      JosephB – the victim should be described as the "alleged" rapist as there was never any charges or "proof". For all we know it was just the excuse used.

      December 15, 2013 at 12:42 am |
      • Bill

        Well if he didn't rape her, then she had no motive to kill him and should not be a suspect.

        December 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  7. Brian Jackson

    I would not comment on this particular case – too little information, too much time has elapsed – but as a general concept concerning revenge and retribution, I would not be surprised if a victim of such a brutal crime as rape did serve up some sweet revenge and as the old saying goes 'Revenge is a dish served best cold'.

    December 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm |

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