Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bulletin: Stephanie Spurgeon: Florida; Loses bid for new trial based on non-disclosure of exculpatory information relating to medical examiner.

STORY: "No new trial for Palm Harbor woman convicted of manslaughter in day care," by reporter Curtis Krueger, Published in the Tampa Bay Times, on July 20, 2012.

GIST: "A judge has denied a motion to order a new trial or dismiss charges against Stephanie Spurgeon, a former Palm Harbor day care operator who was convicted of manslaughter in the death of a child. After Spurgeon was convicted in February, defense attorneys learned the medical examiner had said it was theoretically possible for a young child to have caused the fatal injuries to Maria Harris, the infant who died. Attorneys filed the motion, saying this information should have been disclosed to them before trial. But Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger on Friday ruled that this did not warrant dismissing the charges or ordering a new trial......... Spurgeon is awaiting her sentence;"

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