U-M law school gets grant to take look at shaken-baby cases

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Leo Ackley

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The law school at the University of Michigan is receiving a $250,000 federal grant to develop expertise to challenge certain child-abuse convictions.

The school’s Innocence Clinic will use the money to work on convictions in so-called shaken-baby cases.

In 2015, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously overturned a murder conviction in Calhoun County. The court said Leo Ackley’s rights were violated by a defense attorney who did a poor job in failing to vigorously challenge the evidence. The death involved a young girl.

The court said the prosecutor produced no witnesses who said Ackley was abusive.

The Innocence Clinic believes there are other people who have been wrongly convicted on flawed shaken-baby evidence.

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1 Comment

  • No PC For Me

    Really ? What a waste of cash.
    Just take the offending adult child abuser and shake the daylights out of him. That will cure him and anyone else who thinks about abusing a kid.