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Clemency Consideration in California May Shed Light on Shaken Baby Case

Shirley Ree Smith, 51, spent 10 years in a California prison after being convicted in the alleged shaken baby death of her infant grandson 15 years ago until the U.S. 9th Circuit Court  of Appeals reversed her conviction in 2006 based on a lack of “demonstrable support” of the prosecution’s theory. The U.S. Supreme Court urged the 9th Circuit to reconsider and has ordered the lower court to reinstate the conviction, but the ruling also noted that clemency—now being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown—might be appropriate for Smith, due in part to lingering doubts about her guilt.

The L.A. Times reports  here that Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley has called upon three experts to review the autopsy reports, evidence and testimony Continue reading