Lorinda was wrongfully convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Calhoun County in 2002. The Clinic presented the recantation of the only witness against her, and also presented two new witnesses who proved that the prosecution's theory of the crime was simply impossible. Calhoun County Circuit Judge Conrad Sindt threw out Lorinda's conviction in July 2009, but the Calhoun County Prosecutor appealed the decision.
Despite Judge Sindt's finding that Lorinda is probably innocent and deserves a new trial, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that she was procedurally barred by the Michigan Court Rules—meaning no state court can even hear her case and she must remain in prison.
The Clinic has filed a new motion for relief from judgment for Lorinda in the trial court, raising additional new evidence of innocence that was not presented before. A hearing was held in Judge Sindt's court on December 20, 2011, and continued on April 26, 2012. There should be a decision in the case sometime in the summer of 2012.
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