My question involves criminal law for the state of: Mississippi
I know this will be a bit long but it is a synopsis I have typed up of the issue at hand and I would appreciate any assistance anyone has!
Female convicted in 1999 for murder. The defending attorney was to represent her on grounds of self-defense. The facts of the case are as follows:
She was 3 months pregnant at the time of the incident (July 1997)
There are/were approximately 15 police reports never introduced during the trial to show the history of domestic abuse (these are being withheld by local government even to this day). I have personally seen them and know of their existence but am told they don't exist.
She and the deceased were not in a relationship at the time of the incident
The knife, which was never in her possession, was never recovered.
She admits to having a gun in her purse for her protection but never pulled that gun
She was cut twice (across the forehead and upper arm) during the assault against her; the deceased stated he was going to kill her and her baby
She was never given the opportunity to fully present her self defense.
Those are just a few of the facts that surround this case. I have the transcript and other documentation including her attempts for PCR and other appeals; all of which have been denied due to "filing timely". Her attorney did not represent her appropriately or advise her of what she needed to do on follow up. Basically, the prosecution wanted a conviction, the defending attorney handed that to him on a silver platter. She has been incarcerated since January of 1999 and has not seen her children since before that time as they were sent to California to live with her sister.
Any assistant of advice would be greatly appreciated!
Beatin' my head against the MS Judicial System