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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997
It is disgusting to hear criticism of the American legal system from the British press and public ("British Au Pair Is Found Guilty of Killing Baby," Oct. 31). Louise Woodward was given more rights and individual protections in Cambridge, Mass., than she could have ever had in Cambridge, England. For example, the exclusionary rule, a rule designed to bar introduction of evidence obtained through unconstitutional means, does not even exist in Britain. Much has been made of the fact that results of a lie detector test were not admissible.
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July 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The parents of convicted au pair Louise Woodward were cleared of defrauding an appeals fund set up in their daughter's name. British Judge John Roberts ordered jurors to find Gary and Susan Woodward innocent of defrauding the Louise Woodward and Family Trust of more than $13,500. Louise Woodward, now 22, was convicted in Massachusetts in 1997 of murdering 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, who was in her care. Her conviction was later downgraded, and she was eventually freed.
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NEWS
June 17, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By a vote of 4-3, the highest court in Massachusetts on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to reduce the conviction of British au pair Louise Woodward from murder to manslaughter and to sentence her to time served, 279 days. The 46-page ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court cleared the path for Woodward, convicted last year in the shaking death of an 8-month-old infant in her care, to return home to Elton, England.
NEWS
May 15, 1999 | Associated Press
The parents of Louise Woodward, the British au pair convicted of killing a baby in her care in Massachusetts, have been arrested amid fraud allegations over their daughter's defense fund, news reports said Friday. Cheshire police, who have been investigating allegations against Woodward's parents, said they arrested two people May 6 in connection with the case. Police, however, did not name the two people or say whether they had been charged.
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March 10, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The legal fate of British au pair Louise Woodward was handed to the state's highest court Monday, as defense and prosecution attorneys alike argued that her manslaughter conviction in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen should be set aside. In the brief, contentious hearing before the Supreme Judicial Court, prosecutors urged the seven-member panel to restore the murder verdict delivered last October by a jury.
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July 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The parents of convicted au pair Louise Woodward were cleared of defrauding an appeals fund set up in their daughter's name. British Judge John Roberts ordered jurors to find Gary and Susan Woodward innocent of defrauding the Louise Woodward and Family Trust of more than $13,500. Louise Woodward, now 22, was convicted in Massachusetts in 1997 of murdering 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, who was in her care. Her conviction was later downgraded, and she was eventually freed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1997
In England they are partying and sipping champagne over Judge Hiller Zobel's decision to release Louise Woodward. Here in America, we have a dead baby. ALLEN G. HOWLETT Fullerton
NEWS
December 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Louise Woodward giggled at a hearing in Boston when a judge sent the prosecution's appeal in her case to the full state Supreme Court and declined to order the British au pair back to prison for the death of an 8-month-old boy. A jury convicted Woodward on Oct. 30 of second-degree murder in the shaking death of Matthew Eappen. The verdict was reduced to manslaughter two weeks later by the presiding judge in the case, Superior Court Judge Hiller B. Zobel, and Woodward was released.
NEWS
January 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A settlement reached between Louise Woodward and the family who sued her for the wrongful death of the 8-month-old boy in her care prevents the former English au pair from profiting by selling her story. A jury found Woodward guilty last year of second-degree murder in the 1997 death of Matthew Eappen. But a judge reduced the conviction to manslaughter. She was allowed to return home to Elton, England, in June.
NEWS
March 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 70 doctors sent a letter to CBS criticizing a "60 Minutes" report which suggested that Matthew Eappen was strangled, not shaken and slammed by his au pair, as prosecutors contend. The CBS program reported Sunday that two doctors believe the 8-month-old baby was strangled up to two days before he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, 1997. Lawyers for au pair Louise Woodward said they may seek a retrial; prosecutors said there is no evidence to warrant one.
NEWS
March 11, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 70 doctors sent a letter to CBS criticizing a "60 Minutes" report which suggested that Matthew Eappen was strangled, not shaken and slammed by his au pair, as prosecutors contend. The CBS program reported Sunday that two doctors believe the 8-month-old baby was strangled up to two days before he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, 1997. Lawyers for au pair Louise Woodward said they may seek a retrial; prosecutors said there is no evidence to warrant one.
NEWS
January 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A settlement reached between Louise Woodward and the family who sued her for the wrongful death of the 8-month-old boy in her care prevents the former English au pair from profiting by selling her story. A jury found Woodward guilty last year of second-degree murder in the 1997 death of Matthew Eappen. But a judge reduced the conviction to manslaughter. She was allowed to return home to Elton, England, in June.
NEWS
November 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The British au pair convicted of killing a baby in her care has asked for permission to sell her story. In a motion filed in federal court in Boston, an attorney for Louise Woodward asked U.S. District Judge William Young to set aside an injunction that required her to notify a U.S. judge before selling her story. The motion came the same day the family of Matthew Eappen filed a claim for millions of dollars in damages.
NEWS
July 10, 1998 | From Associated Press
British au pair Louise Woodward failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by the parents of the baby she was convicted of killing, and a federal court automatically ruled against her Thursday, meaning a judge can determine how much she must pay in damages. The default order is rare in federal cases. Woodward can challenge the order any time before U.S. District Judge William G. Young decides on damages, but her lawyer in England said she can't afford to fight the wrongful death suit.
NEWS
June 23, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Speaking at length for the first time since her return home, Louise Woodward insisted that U.S. authorities made her a scapegoat in the death of a baby in her care. In October, Woodward, 20, was convicted in Massachusetts of manslaughter in the killing of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen, but she was released after serving 279 days in a U.S. prison. In an interview with the BBC, the former au pair said: "Somebody had to pay." Prosecutors say she shook the child to death.
NEWS
June 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Former au pair Louise Woodward, convicted of killing a baby in her care, flew home to England on Wednesday, hours after a federal judge temporarily barred her from spending money earned from selling her story. Traveling the 15 miles from suburban Marblehead with police escort, Woodward arrived at Logan International Airport, where seven state troopers escorted her to a private room to wait for her flight. The plane took off for London shortly before 6 p.m.
NEWS
November 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The British au pair convicted of killing a baby in her care has asked for permission to sell her story. In a motion filed in federal court in Boston, an attorney for Louise Woodward asked U.S. District Judge William Young to set aside an injunction that required her to notify a U.S. judge before selling her story. The motion came the same day the family of Matthew Eappen filed a claim for millions of dollars in damages.
NEWS
June 17, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By a vote of 4-3, the highest court in Massachusetts on Tuesday upheld a lower court's decision to reduce the conviction of British au pair Louise Woodward from murder to manslaughter and to sentence her to time served, 279 days. The 46-page ruling by the state's Supreme Judicial Court cleared the path for Woodward, convicted last year in the shaking death of an 8-month-old infant in her care, to return home to Elton, England.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
British au pair Louise Woodward has fired one of her lead attorneys after the woman reportedly told a state trooper she now believes Woodward is guilty. In a statement Monday, her three other lawyers--Harvey Silverglate, Andrew Good and Barry Scheck--said the 20-year-old has accepted their recommendation "to immediately dismiss attorney [Elaine Whitfield] Sharp as one of her counsel, and a letter of dismissal has been sent."
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