Wednesday, December 17, 2014

René Bailey: New York State: Shaken baby conviction reversed earlier this week. Court hearing set for Monday. Prosecutor to disclose whether state will retry her or appeal the decision. Defence lawyer say she will seek Bailey's release on bail. Reporter Gary Craig. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

STORY: "Woman whose conviction overturned to be in court," by reporter Gary Craig, published by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on December 17, 2014.

GIST: "René Bailey, whose shaken-baby conviction was reversed this week, is scheduled to appear in court Monday. Bailey, 55, will appear before County Court Judge James Piampiano for a bail hearing. District Attorney Sandra Doorley said she would announce at that time whether she intends to retry Bailey or appeal Piampiano's decision that reversed the 2001 conviction. Bailey was convicted of killing 21/2-year old Brittney Sheets, a child in Bailey's home day care center. Prosecutors contended that Brittney's fatal head injuries were proof of abuse by Bailey. Bailey maintained that Brittney had fallen. In his ruling, Piampiano decided that the science on shaken-baby cases has significantly changed in the past 10 to 15 years, and that there is proof that falls can cause the injuries once believed to be emblematic of the violent shaking of a child......... Bailey's attorney, Adele Bernhard, said she would ask on Monday that Bailey be released. Bailey was free awaiting trial in 2001, Bernhard said, and is not a risk to flee if on bail."

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