Star Tribune Reports that Board of Pardons Cuts Sentence of Client of the School's Clemency Clinic
The Star Tribune reported on the unanimous vote of the Minnesota Board of Pardons to commute the sentence of Samantha Heiges, a client of the Law School's Clemency Clinic, run by Professor JaneAnne Murray. Heiges was 19 when she drowned her newborn out of fear the baby's father would kill them both if she didn't go through with the act. She attempted suicide in the days after drowning the baby.
The vote meant that Heiges was released from the women's prison in Shakopee today, having served more than 12 years of her 25-year sentence, and placed under a supervision plan designed by state correctional officials. Murray, Hannah Camilleri-Hughes '20, who worked on the case as a clinic student and Professor Rebecca Shlafer from the Medical School appeared at the virtual hearing, along with Heiges who "expressed gratitude to the board for commuting her sentence."