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Wrongfully convicted Michigan woman to face no further charges after U.S. Supreme Court denies petition for certiorari

Clients Tanner, Hattie Mae

Jones Day successfully represented Hattie Mae Tanner in post-conviction proceedings, ultimately obtaining a result from the Supreme Court of the United States ensuring that Ms. Tanner will remain a free woman. In 2000, Michigan imprisoned Hattie Mae Tanner for a murder that she did not commit. Seventeen years later, Jones Day represented Ms. Tanner in the Sixth Circuit, obtaining a unanimous decision that the state courts had erred in finding that the paltry evidence against Ms. Tanner was sufficient to support her conviction. And, on March 19, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States put an end to the matter when it denied the petition for a writ of certiorari that Michigan filed in an attempt to reverse the Sixth Circuit. Michigan can never again charge Ms. Tanner with the murder for which she was wrongly convicted.

Jones Day filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in opposition to Michigan’s petition. The Firm’s success in the Sixth Circuit and at the Supreme Court highlights its experience in appellate matters and its dedication to pro bono service.

Yukins v. Tanner, Case No. 17-729 (U.S.); Case No. 15-1691 (6th Cir.)