GOVERNOR BROWN ASKED TO COMMUTE SHIRLEY REE SMITH’S SENTENCE AFTER SUPREME COURT REINSTATES SENTENCE

In November we wrote about Shirley Ree Smith. She was convicted of killing her grandchild. The death was credited to shaken baby syndrome (SBS). It was alleged that she shook her grandchild to death. The Supreme Court denied her appeal, showing deference to the jury’s verdict and state court decision uphonding her conviction it reversed a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling granting her habeas. The issue was the suffficiency of the evidence. While all agree that the evidence against […] Read more »