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Mother who drowned her five children is granted a retrial after witness gave false evidence

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7483.112-b (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:112

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  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Andrea Yates, the Texas woman convicted in 2002 of drowning her five children in a bathtub, while suffering from postnatal depression, has been granted a new trial, after it was found that an expert medical witness for the prosecution had lied at her original trial.

    Dr Park Dietz, a mental health expert who appeared for the prosecution, who was also a consultant for the television programme Law and Order, had told the trial court jury that there was an episode of that programme, in which a …

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