My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan
My uncle was charged, convicted and has spent 3 years in jail for an accusation of sexual assault by my cousin, his daughter. Anyone that has spent any time with him knows that no abuse or sexual assault ever occurred. In addition, my cousin has since stated that she fabricated the entire situation. I am wondering what the options are for a case like this. Appeal? Retrial? Mistrial? Suing for wrongful conviction?
Additional details: The case was tried before a judge who is related to my cousin's stepfather, and the defense lawyer in the trial didn't cross examine her at all. Does this constitute grounds for overturning the conviction? What evidence would need to be presented or filed?