Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Acquittal in 30 minutes or less or it's free

Here is the front-page Topeka Capital-Journal article reporting that Cindy Sewell and Jennifer Roth won an acquittal in State v. Lopez-Reyes ending a Shawnee County felony-murder prosecution based on accusations of shaken-baby of Mr. Lopez-Reyes child. The article notes that a "big factor" was a change in the tesimony of coroner Erik Mitchell who indicated when recalled to the stand that he had reviewed the case and "concluded there was an outside possibility that there were other explanations for the child's death." The jury, correctly, found that this meant there was a reasonable doubt and acquitted. Nice job Cindy and Jennifer.

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