Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bulletin: Colin Matchim; Newfoundland; The Telegram reports that his conviction of aggravated assault for causing his infant daughter's brain injury by shaking her has been overturned. He is waiting for a decision as to whether his lawyers at the new trial will be paid more than standard legal aid rates.

STORY: "Lawyer's rates in brain-injured baby case expected to be settled soon," by reporter Rosie Gillingham, published by the Telegram on April 3, 2014.

GIST: "Lawyers for a man accused of shaking his infant daughter should know by next month whether they’ll be paid more than Legal Aid rates.........Colin James Matchim, who had been found guilty of causing his daughter brain damage, had his conviction overturned Monday in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s.........Matchim had been convicted in 2011 of aggravated assault for causing his infant daughter’s brain injury by shaking her in 2009. However, before sentencing, Matchim’s new lawyers — Erin Breen and Bob Simmonds —  applied to have the case reopened and new medical evidence introduced. Following a hearing — which saw experts from around the world offer their opinions on shaken baby syndrome — a mistrial was declared. The Crown indicated it would proceed with a second trial."
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