Thursday, August 30, 2012

Amina Chaudhary: Smith case; Wants court to require police to preserve exhbits in murder cases. Asserts innocence. Day parole? CP.

STORY: "Woman convicted of killing ex-lover's nephew seeks another chance at day parole, by reporter Paola Loriggio, published by the Canadian Press on August 28, 2012.

GIST: "A convicted child-killer who wed another inmate and bore three children while serving a life sentence is once again seeking day parole, two years after having it revoked amid allegations she was mired in shady financial dealings. Amina Chaudhary, 50, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 1982 slaying of her ex-lover's eight-year-old nephew, but has spent the decades since challenging her conviction and the resulting deportation order.........In a recent twist, the case spawned a campaign for the preservation of evidence after photo exhibits that Chaudhary's supporters believe might help prove her innocence seemed to vanish. "The best recourse she had for vindication has pretty much been taken away," said Alan Young, a lawyer and professor at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. The school's chapter of the Innocence Project took Chaudhary as its first case and has since referenced her situation in an application that would force law enforcement to keep exhibits in murder cases unless the inmate gives permission to destroy them.........At her trial, however, now-disgraced pathologist Charles Smith testified that autopsy photos showed damage to Gupta's skull indicating boy had been knocked out before he was murdered. Attempts to find the photos and have them re-examined came to a dead end, stalling efforts to have Chaudhary's case reopened. Yet neither she nor her supporters have given up, Young said, noting the Innocence Project has heard from another witness and plans to file an affidavit in the coming months. "The case is far from closed," Young said. "It's just one of those claims of wrongful conviction where we're simply not getting all the pieces of the puzzle to come together." Chaudhary's unwavering desire to overturn her conviction has long been a source of concern for the parole board, documents show."

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