ALANTA (CBS News) – Georgia’s highest court on Wednesday overturned the murder and cruel conviction of a child against a man with a young child.For hours, saying the jury saw “highly biased and unfair” evidence.
Justin Ross Harris, 41, was convicted in November 2016 of eight counts, including premeditated murder, in the death of his 22-month-old son Cooper. Ruleas well as 32 years in prison for other crimes.
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All Georgia Supreme Court justices agreed that there was sufficient evidence to support Harris’ convictions, but a majority opinion written by Chief Justice David Nahmias says that too much evidence regarding Harris’ sexual activities should not have been admissible. Perhaps he inappropriately affected the jury. The ruling means that Harris deserves a new trial for the murder and child cruelty charges against him.
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The Supreme Court upheld Harris’ convictions of three sex crimes committed against a 16-year-old girl that Harris did not appeal.
The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office, which filed the lawsuit, and Harris’ attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
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