Is meth murder charge useful?
In April 2004, Theresa Hernandez suffered a loss that affects 25,000 women annually in the United States: She delivered a stillborn infant. But because her baby tested positive for methamphetamine, Hernandez was subject to an unprecedented charge of first-degree murder by the Oklahoma City district attorney. After three years in prison without bail or contact visits with her family and with the possibility of life in prison hanging over her head, she filed a guilty plea in September to the lesser charge of second-degree murder. Her mitigation/sentencing hearing will be Friday.
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