Katie Sorensen, the Instagram influencer charged with mendacity to police, pleads not responsible

The Instagram influencer on the middle of a viral controversy surrounding accusations she leveled in opposition to a Petaluma Latino couple has pleaded not responsible to costs of giving false info to police, marking the most recent growth in a case that has captured worldwide consideration.

Sonoma mother Katie Sorensen, 28, entered her not responsible plea Thursday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court docket after the court docket rejected a movement to dismiss the case in opposition to her totally.

Sorensen faces doable jail time over two misdemeanor costs revolving round her December 2020 allegations {that a} Latino couple had tried to kidnap her youngsters at a Petaluma Michaels craft retailer.

At her final look, in late Could, Sorensen requested the court docket for a demurrer, typically known as a movement to dismiss, asserting that even when the allegations she faces are true, they’re inadequate to ascertain a sound explanation for motion.

“In layman’s phrases, they’re saying, ‘If all of the details are true, then these details are inadequate,” Sonoma County Assistant District Legal professional Invoice Brockley instructed the Argus-Courier in Could.

However that request was rejected Thursday, officers with the Sonoma County District Legal professional’s Workplace confirmed Friday morning. The schedule for Sorensen’s subsequent look wasn’t instantly obtainable.

A cellphone message with Sorensen’s lawyer, San Francisco-based felony protection lawyer Gail Shifman, was not instantly returned.

Shifman is a white collar felony protection specialist who additionally touts her success in profitable acquittals or diminished sentences for shoppers accused of sexual and gender-based harassment, home violence and rape and different severe crimes.

In her LinkedIn profile, Shifman additionally highlights her capacity to safe offers.

“Gail can also be a grasp of victories achieved quietly, exterior of the courtroom, removed from the glare of hostile publicity,” based on Shifman’s on-line profile.

Sorensen’s mother launched a fundraising marketing campaign on the favored fundraising platform Go Fund Me, searching for to bolster her daughter’s protection with a aim of elevating $50,000.

The marketing campaign has reached simply $2,250 in donations, largely from nameless donors. There have been no donations since late Could.

The District Legal professional’s Workplace’s April 29 resolution to cost Sorensen got here practically 4 months after she accused Petaluma mother and father Eddie and Sadie Martinez of trying to kidnap her two youngsters Dec. 7 at an area Michaels craft retailer. Sorensen would later doc the allegations, now broadly seen as a case of racial profiling, in two Instagram movies that garnered 4.5 million views and set off a firestorm of media consideration whereas funneling tens of hundreds of latest followers to Sorensen’s Instagram account.

*It is a growing story. Please examine again for updates.

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