“There are likely to be appeals for Crumley parents.” What claims can they make?

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By journalsofus.com


After two guilty verdicts for the parents of the Oxford High School shooter, defense attorneys are already turning their eyes to appeals they see as inevitable.

Appeals cannot be filed until after sentencing, which is April 9 for both James and Jennifer Crumbley. They were convicted by separate juries of four counts each of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the mass shooting of their son at Oxford High School in November 2021 that left four students dead: Hana St. Juliana, 14; Madisyn Baldwin, 17 years old; Tate Myre, 16 years old; and Justin Shilling, 17.

The cases were unprecedented and marked the first time the parents of a school shooter were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Just as they were tried individually, their appeals will also be separate.

James Crumbley and his attorney Mariell Lehman listen to the verdict, as the jury finds Crumbley guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Cheryl Matthews' courtroom at the Oakland County Courthouse in Pontiac, Michigan, on March 14, 2024. James Crumbley He was judged partly responsible for the actions of his son Ethan, who is serving a life sentence for killing four classmates at Oxford High School.

Neither James’ attorney, Mariell Lehman, nor Jennifer’s attorney, Shannon Smith, have commented on their clients’ case outside of court. A gag order imposed by Oakland County Circuit Judge Cheryl Matthews was lifted after James’ verdict Thursday night.

Birmingham attorney Patrick Barone said it’s a common misconception that people can appeal just because they believe the jury made a mistake. There have to be procedural errors, errors in how the judge interpreted the law or prosecutorial misconduct to file an appeal, he said.

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