Tuesday, November 12, 2013

10 Michigan women deserve to be freed from prison, group says

Ten Michigan women convicted of murder — including a former Farmington Hills fourth-grade teacher who killed her husband with a hatchet — deserve to be freed from prison because they were victims of domestic violence and didn’t get fair trials, a women’s clemency group argues.

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“These women are not a threat to anybody,” said project director Carol Jacobsen, a University of Michigan professor in women’s studies. “The whole social understanding of battery and abuse has changed since the 1980s and 1990s, when many of these women were convicted. In many of these cases, the abuse was never raised at trial.”

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