Gov. Brown Commutes Sentence for “Shaken Baby” Grandma

A remarkable turn of events in Cavazos v. Smith, the “shaken baby” case in which the United States Supreme Court reversed the 9th Circuit’s grant of habeas: California Governor Brown has commuted the sentence of Shirley Smith, the 52-year-old petitioner. The governor’s action comes on the heels of a new report casting serious doubt on the forensic evidence used to convict Smith.

Shirley Smith. Photo by Courtney Perry, from the website of NPR

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