Ont. court to be asked to quash stepmother's manslaughter conviction

TORONTO - Ontario's appeal court will be asked today to quash a woman's 25-year-old manslaughter conviction in the death of her stepdaughter.

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The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted will go before the court today to argue that Maria Shepherd's 1992 conviction should be thrown out.

The group is supported by Ontario's attorney general who agrees that Shepherd's guilty plea and conviction should be struck and an acquittal entered.

Shepherd was implicated by disgraced pathologist Charles Smith in the death of her three-year-old stepdaughter Kasandra.

It was one of many suspicious child deaths in which Smith had done the autopsy.

A review of his work and subsequent public inquiry uncovered numerous examples where he made serious mistakes, and he was stripped of his medical licence in 2011.


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