Target: The state of Texas
Goal: Condemn jury for acquitting man who murdered a sex worker
Ezekiel Gilbert was recently acquitted for the murder of Lenora Ivie Frago, an escort he shot in the neck after he gave her $150 and she refused to have sex with him. His acquittal was based on a law which stated a citizen had the right to use deadly force in order to retrieve stolen property at night. This decision showed the highest disregard for the lives of women, and such sexism must be condemned.
Frago was initially paralyzed after he shot her in 2009 but died seven months later after complications. Gilbert states he met her on Craigslist and then paid her for sex, but she instead left. His defense was based on the idea that the prostitution was actually a scam to rob him of his money, and that the murder was unintentional. The prosecution rightly pointed out that his defense was for citizens who obeyed the law, and not ones who tried to force others into prostitution. The fact that he gave her his money in pursuit of what is defined as criminal activity in Texas was irrelevant to the jury; apparently, the right of a man to get his money back after attempting a crime is more important than the life of a woman who refused to participate in said crime. Claiming to not have intended to kill her does not excuse the fact he tried to seriously injure her over $150 and the fact she refused him sex. He would have faced life in prison for the murder, but now he is not being punished at all.
By signing the petition below you will help point out the incredibly disgusting sexism present in this case and help change the mindset of future jurors. Though justice can no longer be achieved for Lenora Ivie Frago, it can be for other women in the future.
Dear Governor Perry,
The decision to acquit Ezekiel Gilbert after he murdered Lenora Ivie Frago is sexist and must be condemned. The decision, based on a law which allows people to use deadly force to retrieve stolen property at night, should not have applied when the stolen money was taken from someone attempting to engage in illegal activity. The fact his right to get back his money was greater than her right to life is disgusting and disgraceful.
Gilbert should have faced the penalty he was up against: life in prison. The fact Frago left without returning money given to her in an attempt at soliciting prostitution did not warrant death, or even deadly force. That Gilbert didn’t intend death does not change the fact he intended to cause severe bodily injury after a woman would not submit to his will, and after he failed to profit from a crime. Gilbert cannot now be convicted for his crime, but by showing disapproval of this acquittal you can help prevent future travesties of the same kind.
I am urging you to condemn this decision. Please take action to help right the wrong that was done here.
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