US District Judge Bernard Friedman Letter to Governor Snyder – 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.
The goal of this campaign is to convince our legislators in the state of Michigan to change People v Christel to model the California law in order to bring #Justice4Women.