US District Judge Bernard Friedman Letter to Governor Snyder – Clemency for Seaman

Judge Friedman – Clemency for Seaman

Seaman’s federal judge overturned the verdict in 2010 saying she wasn’t allowed to fully develop a defense of battered-woman syndrome.

“Reasonable efforts to argue his client’s case required defense counsel to attempt to introduce as much favorable testimony regarding battered-spouse syndrome as allowed. It was the defense’s only defense,” Friedman said in his Oct 29 decision. Jurors, he said, could have had a different opinion about Seaman’s guilt if they had heard more.”

“The prosecution did not present overwhelming evidence…of first-degree premeditated murder,” Friedman said. Judge Friedman ordered authorities to put Nancy Seaman on trial again in four months or release her from prison.

 

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