Wednesday, May 30, 2007
From latimes.com: After spending 16 years in prison, Hudie Joyce Walker walked out of a Pomona, CA courtroom Tuesday a free woman — a sign of how much the law has changed for battered women who strike back.
Walker was the beneficiary of the first appellate court decision to interpret a 2002 state law that allows inmates to reopen their cases if they can show that expert testimony on abuse probably would have changed the outcome.
USC CrimProf Carrie Hempel said the decision marks the right of a battered person to get a new trial if she was convicted of homicide before the law recognized the importance of expert testimony on the effects of battering. It could help 50 or 60 other cases. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]