Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Back in action: Catch-up; (13) Aisling Brady McCarthy; "Irish nanny" case; Massachusetts. Medical evidence which defence claims could refute shaken-baby theory still not provided by prosecutors to defence lawyers. Trial postponed for third time in two years. She remains in custody. The Irish Times.

STORY: "Massachusetts murder trial of Irish nanny postponed to April," by reporter Beverly Ford, published by the Irish Times on December 20 2014;

SUB-HEADING: "Defence believes analysis of medical evidence could refute shaken-baby theory."

GIST: "For the third time in two years, lawyers representing an Irish nanny accused of murdering an infant in her care have agreed to postpone her trial to give them time to test and analyse medical evidence in the case. Aisling Brady McCarthy’s defence team told the court yesterday that a new trial date was needed because they are still awaiting at least 10 medical samples from the prosecution which could show exactly how the baby died. “The testing by the defence experts is necessary,” said Middlesex County superior court judge Maureen Hogan, in setting April 22nd, 2015 as the new date in the murder trial. “I find continuance of the trial is warranted and serves the interest of justice.”.........Defence lawyers also requested that the court allow them to question two expert witnesses for the prosecution without the jury being present in order to determine whether they were influenced by comments made by the prosecutors. Ms McCarthy has been in jail in Massachusetts since January 2013 following her arrest in the death of 12-month-old Rehma Sabir, who was found unconscious in her family’s Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment where Ms McCarthy was babysitting. Prosecutors contend that the child sustained massive brain injuries consistent with being shaken while in Ms McCarthy’s care."

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