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CLARENCE JONES, III v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Writ of actual innocence — New science on shaken baby syndrome

In 1999, after a bench trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, appellant Clarence Jones was convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse of his infant son, Collin Jones, based on a diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome (“SBS”). He was sentenced to thirty years of incarceration for second-degree murder and a concurrent fifteen years for child abuse.

In 2016, Mr. Jones filed a Petition for Writ of Actual Innocence. Following a seven-day hearing, the circuit court denied relief. Mr. Jones filed a timely appeal, presenting two questions for our review …

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