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There Is No Actual Innocence Ground for Vacation of a Guilty Plea Under Criminal Procedure Law § 440.10(1)(h)

The Court of Appeals, reversing the Appellate Division, over a concurring opinion and a two-judge dissent, determined defendant’s motion to vacate her conviction (by guilty plea) on actual innocence grounds should not have been granted. Actual innocence, the court held, is not a ground for relief in this context. Defendant was a nurse who pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a disabled person. Defendant had given the severely disabled child a bath and the child apparently sustained third degree burns. In support of her motion to vacate, the defendant presented expert evidence, including biopsy testing, that the apparent burns were the result of an allergic reaction (TEN/SJS). Defendant had been sued civilly and won, despite being precluded from contesting liability. People v. Tiger, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 04377, CtApp 6-14-18

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