BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- A Calhoun County woman released from prison in 2009 could lose her freedom after the Michigan Supreme Court again refused to intervene in a sex-abuse case that has been in the courts for years.
Lorinda Swain's 2002 conviction was thrown out by a Battle Creek judge in 2009 after new witnesses raised doubts about her guilt. But the appeals court reversed that decision last year.
Swain next went to the Supreme Court. It declined to get involved and is refusing to take another look after a 4-3 vote last week.
Bridget McCormack of the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan law school says Swain is prepared to be locked up again, although there are some issues still pending in Calhoun County court. Swain's minimum prison sentence was 25 years.