Court agrees to hear arguments for new trial in 2002 CSC case

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Lorinda Swain - in court in February 2015

LANSING, Mich. – A Calhoun County woman convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2002 may be closer to getting a new trial.

The Michigan Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to hear arguments that Lorinda Swain of Burlington is entitled to a new trial. Swain was convicted in 2002 for performing oral sex on her adopted son between 1993 and 1996. She was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison.  She served eight years in prison, but was released five years ago when she was granted a new trial. An appeals court overturned that decision.

Arguments in the case are expected to be heard in the spring of 2016 and a decision on the case would be made by summer.

Swain has always maintained her innocence and her son, Ronnie, later recanted his accusations.


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