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SEP 20, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Mass. mom's conviction upheld in girl's drug death

Carolyn Riley's lawyers argued in her appeal that the trial judge erroneously allowed prejudicial character evidence to be admitted and allowed a forensic toxicologist to testify for prosecutors without first holding a proper hearing. The court found that evidence about Riley's scheme to obtain psychiatric medications for her children in order to collect disability benefits "was probative of the defendant's motive and intent for giving them unnecessary medication and for doing so regardless of the contraindications."

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