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The Source: Justice When A Child Accuses | Payday Lenders Flout SA Ordinance

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In the first segment:

The National Center for Reason and Justice is saying Fran Keller, who was incarcerated 20 years ago in a bizarre ritual abuse case in her Austin daycare center, is going to be freed as early as this afternoon to await the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals on whether or not a retrial is necessary.

This is the second such high-profile case related to child accusations of ritual abuse in the early 1990s that the justice system is reconsidering the merits of. As we reported last week, the "San Antonio 4" were all released from prison in a very similar case. The NCJR has sponsored both cases.

When a child accuses someone of abuse it can have damaging and lasting impacts regardless of whether or not accusations are true. The National Center for Reason and Justice is dedicated to just those types of cases.

In her book, "Satan’s Silence: Ritual Abuse and the Making of a Modern American Witch Hunt," Debbie Nathan outlines how these allegations took a hold of the national psyche and resulted in dozens of cases across the US. Nathan is a director at NCRJ and joins us.

In the second segment:


Payday lenders are not complying with a new law passed by the city earlier this year. We check in with Patrick Danner, a reporter at the San Antonio Express-News, on why they are challenging the law and what the city has done so far.

* The Source airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM - audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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