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News, Bay View Harsh Judgment

Harsh Judgment

On a sunny evening earlier this month, Debra Schmidt walked out of the Alameda County Jail at Santa Rita, her home since being extradited from Texas last fall. As she left, Schmidt remembers hearing a woman say, "You're free." Schmidt…
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Battle Royal Guilt and innocents: Thank you for exposing this story to your California readers ("Law and Borders," Nov. 14, on an epic child custody war between courts in California and Texas). Debra is guilty of nothing but loving…
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News, Feature Law and Borders

Law and Borders

Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail is among the largest county jails in the United States; it holds thousands of women, including, since her extradition in September, Debra Schmidt, mother, grandmother, minor media star, accused kidnapper, former fugitive, and subject of…
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Wives' Tale

When Debra Schmidt met Manuel Saavedra in 1991, he was not yet divorced from his first wife, a woman he regularly described in unflattering terms to the new Mrs. Saavedra, who eagerly adopted her husband's opinion. But a decade later,…
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