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Suicide not ruled out in Sally death.



Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Suicide has not been ruled out as the cause of death of solicitor Sally Clark

For other people named Sally Clark, see Sally Clark (disambiguation).


Sally Clark (15 August 1964 – 15 March, 2007)[1] was a British lawyer.
, who was wrongly jailed for the murder of her two sons.

A Home Office pathologist will carry out a post mortem [Latin, After death.] Pertaining to matters occurring after death. A term generally applied to an autopsy or examination of a corpse in order to ascertain the cause of death or to the inquisition for that purpose by the Coroner .  examination tomorrow on the body of Mrs Clark, 42, who was found dead at her home in Essex, on Friday. An ambulance was sent but nothing could be done to save her.

She had been found guilty of the murder of her sons - eight-week-old Harry and 11-week-old Christopher - following a trial at Chester Crown Court Chester Crown Court is a law court in Chester, England.

It is most famous for staging the Moors Murders trial of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in 1966. More recent high-profile murderers to have been tried at the court include Howard Hughes and John O'Shaugnessey.
 in 1999.

But she was cleared by the Court of Appeal in 2003 following one of the most high-profile legal cases of recent times.

Essex Police refused to speculate yesterday on the possible cause of her death. Sources said they were keeping an open mind at this stage but suicide was not being ruled out.

Sue Stapeley, the Clark family's solicitor, said it would be 'very unwise to speculate' on the cause of death but she was not 'in the best of health'.

Mrs Clark's children died within 14 months of each other. Jurors had to decide whether the deaths were natural.

The expert evidence of paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow was a focal point focal point
n.
See focus.
 throughout Mrs Clark's trial and appeal.

He told jurors the probability of two natural unexplained cot deaths in the family was 73 million to one.

The figure was disputed by the Royal Statistical Society and other medical experts who said the odds of a second cot death in a family were about 200 to one.

Mrs Clark served more than three years in jail.

Her family said she 'never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice'.

'Sally, a qualified solicitor, was a loving and talented wife, mother, daughter and friend. She will be greatly missed,' their statement said yesterday.
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Date:Mar 18, 2007
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