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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, December 16, 2005

TX: Mom's Conviction thrown Out

This is a textbook example of how miscarriages of justice occur.  A poor teen mom's baby dies.  It looks likely that the death was caused by a medical error.  But a biased medical examiner rules it murder (other cases done by this person have also been reversed).  A defense lawyer advises the mom to plead guilty so she will get probation; she gets 17 years.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said that if the facts had been presented, likely a not guilty verdity would have been returned. Opinion here. [Jack Chin]

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