SALT LAKE CITY -- The state's lawyers on Tuesday told the Utah Supreme Court they disagree with an Ogden judge's idea of "clear and convincing evidence" in freeing a woman accused of murder.
The high court heard nearly 50 minutes of oral arguments on 2nd District Judge Michael DiReda's finding that Debra Brown was factually innocent of a 1993 homicide of her friend and employer, Lael Brown, no relation.
DiReda presided over a six-day factual innocence trial of Brown in May 2011, the first under a 2008 law that establishes the process and the cash rate for compensating wrongfully incarcerated inmates. Brown was set free after 17 years behind bars, 16 at Utah State Prison. DiReda also ruled the state owes her $570,780.