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Exonerated woman clears hurdle toward compensation

The Associated Press

Mount Clemens – A Detroit-area woman who was exonerated of child abuse after more than four years in prison has cleared a hurdle as she tries to get compensation from the state.

Julie Baumer could get more than $200,000. But Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office has been opposing her request in the Court of Claims.

The state says Baumer doesn’t qualify for compensation because her conviction in Macomb County was overturned due to a poor legal defense, not new evidence. But in a March 7 decision, Judge Michael Talbot said her claim remains alive.

Baumer was accused of abusing a nephew. After her conviction was overturned in 2009, she was acquitted at a second trial. Experts who didn’t testify at the first trial said the injuries weren’t caused by blunt trauma.