By John Patterson
Daily Herald State Government Editor
Posted September 17, 2003
Ehlert, who is now 44, was first convicted in 1993 by a jury and sentenced to prison for 58 years. But that conviction was overturned in 1995 on the grounds the prosecution presented prejudicial evidence that Ehlert had two abortions. She was tried again and convicted in a bench trial in 1998. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Karen Thompson Tobin sentenced her to a 30-year prison term. That conviction was overturned late last year leading to the current Supreme Court case.
From the origanl posted article ("Illinois Leader", by Jill Stanek):
Is a crying baby alive? No, not necessarily, decided Cook County Circuit Court Judge Karen Thompson last November when she acquitted a mother previously convicted twice of murdering her newborn daughter...Nevertheless Ehlert was convicted again by bench trial, the conviction Thompson Tobin overturned last November.
Just a question...these two stories seem at odds, with the (apparent) same judge both "sentencing", and then "overturning" her own ruling...is there some way this makes some sense?! Is it the judge who's in question here, or some kind of horrendous "legal precedent" voted on ("referendum"-style) or gained as a ruling by "defense lawyers"?
Or is one of the reports not factually true? No one could possibly condone "aborting" a child whose only remaining "in utero" connection to his/her mother is an attached umbilical cord.