Julie's case also centers on debunking the myths about Shaken Baby Syndrome. Julie was convicted of child abuse stemming from injuries sustained by her infant nephew while he was under her care. Other possible causes of the injury to the infant were unexplored, and Julie was convicted. Julie's attorney failed to look into and present evidence that the child had sustained his injuries from natural causes.
Julie's prior attorneys showed the baby's brain scans to some of the world's leading experts in pediatric head injuries, and those experts unanimously agreed that the baby had suffered a stroke and had not been abused. Faced with this new evidence, the judge overturned Julie's conviction, and she was released from prison in December 2009 after four years of wrongful incarceration. The Clinic defended the judge's decision against the prosecution's appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, and both courts denied the prosecution's appeal.
Still refusing to give up, the prosecution elected to try Julie again. A lengthy re-trial was held in the fall of 2010, and the Innocence Clinic, along with Carl Marlinga, a defense attorney who was formerly the elected prosecutor of Macomb County, represented Julie. The Clinic called in experts from across the country and left no doubt that the injuries to the child, while tragic, were certainly not caused by abuse. Julie was found not guilty and officially exonerated on October 15, 2010.
Julie published her first novel in 2012, An Undeserved Sentence. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Metro Times: When innocence is pink
Innocence Blog: Michigan woman cleared in shaken baby case