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No re-trial for mother.

A mother who was detained for smothering her two children after now-discredited paediatrician Sir Roy Meadow testified against her will not face a retrial. The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped plans for a retrial in the case of Julie Ferris, from Birmingham, who was ordered to be held in a psychiatric hospital in 2001 after Professor Meadow acted as an expert witness at her trial.

The professor, who is to face a GMC hearing next year, was also involved in the trials of Sally Clark, Trupti Patel and Angela Cannings, all accused and later cleared of killing their children.

Miss Ferris, from Aston, has always maintained her innocence, but was judged mentally unfit to take part in her trial at Birmingham Crown Court in June 2000 after being deemed to have a mental age of six.

She was released on bail by the Court of Appeal in May 2003 after a retrial was ordered.

In a statement, the CPS declined to confirm that the 34year-old would not face a retrial, but it is understood that it has informed Miss Ferris' solicitor of the decision.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Aug 9, 2004
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