Michigan State Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Innocence Clinic’s Client Lorinda Swain’s Appeal

Michigan State Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Innocence Clinic’s Client Lorinda Swain’s Appeal

Michigan Innocence Clinic

Lorinda Swain of Burlington will finally get her day before the Michigan Supreme Court this Wednesday. She was convicted in 2002 of molesting an adopted boy and served seven years of a 25-to-50-year sentence before the boy recanted his story. Swain has been free on appeal since a Calhoun County judge ordered a new trial for her twice but both times the Michigan appellate court has ruled that her original conviction should stand.

Repeated appeals have finally landed the case before the State’s highest court. Justice Bridget McCormack has recused herself from the case. McCormack represented Swain as a lawyer at the University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic before she joined the Michigan Supreme Court. The justices will hear the arguments Wednesday. A ruling on the Swain case may not come until summer. Read more.