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Justices asked to take feticide case

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On March 14, the one-year anniversary of Bei Bei Shuai’s imprisonment on attempted feticide and murder charges, attorney Linda Pence notified media that Pence Hensel and attorneys from the National Advocates for Pregnant Women filed a petition on March 9 for the Indiana Supreme Court to grant transfer in the case.

More than 80 groups and individuals have supported the petition to transfer, and the activist organization Change.org created an online petition, calling for the charges against Shuai to be dropped altogether. As of March 21, the petition had nearly 2,000 signatures.

In Bei Bei Shuai vs. State of Indiana, No. 49A02-1106-CR-486, the Indiana Court of Appeals was asked on interlocutory appeal to determine whether the Marion Superior Court erred in denying Shuai bail. Shuai’s attorneys also appealed the denial of Shuai’s motion to dismiss those charges.

The appellate court determined that Shuai sufficiently rebutted the presumption of guilt required to hold her without bail and remanded for determination of bail. But the appellate court affirmed the denial of her motion to dismiss, finding the charging information was not deficient.

Rehearing "Ruling leads to questions about pregant women's rights" Feb. 17-March 1, 2012

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