A tragic incident has led to a complicated criminal case for a Rochester woman. The woman, 41, is facing numerous charges in the death of her 17-year-old daughter.
The incident apparently happened last year in a motel. The woman’s boyfriend allegedly gave the teenager drugs in order to calm her down because she was crying. She later died of a fentanyl overdose. The teen’s mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless conduct, and conspiracy to commit possession of heroin.
The issue at hand is the evidence that the state has against the woman. Her defense lawyer says the state is not sharing the evidence they have against her client and that they have the right to see it. The attorney says the state is required to provide defendants with this evidence.
The state is firing back saying the case will be taken over by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the federal government can release the information once they have it. The state says releasing this information now may jeopardize the federal government’s investigation into the case.
The defense attorney further pointed out that another basis for the request is her client’s right to “effective assistance of counsel.” Meanwhile, the state claims they have “sufficient good-cause” for their request to defer the discovery.
It will be interesting to see where this case goes in terms of prosecution. It appears that the state may drop its case after the federal government takes over. The state says they do not know what charges the federal government plans to pursue against the woman and others involved.
As is evident in this case, criminal defense attorneys do their best to protect the rights of their clients. Although an individual may be facing some very serious charges, they still deserve to have their rights protected.