Iowa Supreme Court: Innocent people who plead guilty can challenge their convictions

 

Iowa Supreme Court: Innocent people who plead guilty can challenge their convictions

For the first time, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that people who plead guilty to crimes may challenge their convictions if new evidence of their innocence emerges.

The court ruled Friday in a 4-3 decision in the case of Jacob L. Schmidt, who pleaded guilty in 2007 of sexually abusing his 14-year-old half-brother the year before. Years later, in 2014, Schmidt’s half-brother began telling others that the abuse never occurred.

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