Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bulletin: Jennifer Del Prete: Illinois; (Shaken baby sundrome case); Release hearing rescheduled for May 7, 2014. Medill Justice Project.

POST: "Del Prete hearing rescheduled,"  published by The Medill Justice Project on April 29, 2014.

GIST: "A status hearing in Jennifer Del Prete’s case has been rescheduled for May 7 at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The hearing had been set for tomorrow..........Last Monday, Kennelly ordered Del Prete be released from prison while the courts address her claims, which could take years."

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See People Magazine article: "Judge Matthew Kennelly turned the tide in Del Prete's favor last January with a 97-page ruling that raised doubts about the science that first put her behind bars. Del Prete, now 43, was convicted of shaking Isabella Zielinski at a home-based day care in December 2002 after finding her apparently unconscious. The child never awoke and died 10 months later.  Testimony showed that Del Prete called 911 and administered CPR while waiting for paramedics. And the judge's ruling says the state's own witnesses contradicted the key prosecution theory heard by jurors: that Isabella died of acute trauma inflicted during the infant's time in Del Prete's care. She was convicted and sentenced to 20 years for first-degree murder. But the judge said "no reasonable juror" would convict her based on new evidence that challenged the diagnosis, and that the doctor who testified about the injuries ignored evidence that the victim had suffered an unexplained brain injury days earlier. Kennelly rhetorically asked whether any juror would have found her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. "The answer to that question is a resounding no," he wrote. Del Prete has always maintained her innocence. Her case caught the attention of Northwestern University's Medill Justice Project, which investigated further and uncovered a letter from a police detective – withheld from the trial and from Del Prete's defense attorney – relaying doubts about the shaken-baby diagnosis from the doctor who performed the autopsy."


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