posted on Jan, 6 2005 @ 11:03 AM
The 2001 convictions of Andrea Yates' for the drowning deaths of her 5 children were overturned on appeal due to false testimony by an expert witness
for the prosecution.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Andrea Yates' capital murder convictions for drowning her children were overturned Thursday by an appeals court, which ruled a
prosecution expert witness gave false testimony at her trial.
Yates' lawyers had argued at a hearing last month before a three-judge panel of the First Court of Appeals in Houston that psychiatrist Park Dietz was
wrong when he mentioned an episode of the TV show "Law & Order" involving a woman found innocent by reason of insanity for drowning her children.
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Post partum depression is a serious mental illness suffered by many women today due to the pressures of motherhood. Recently in Toronto, a 26 year
old mother stabbed her husband and 1 of her 3 children to death before taking her own life (her second child was injured, but survived as did a 7
month old baby who was unharmed). Unfortunately, little is understood about this illness and many women do not know when or if they should seek
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