Mexico's president elect wants Austin murder case reevaluated
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:23:41 GMT —
Mexico's president-elect says the U.S. Supreme Court should reevaluate the murder case of a Mexican woman who was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the death of a Texas boy.
Enrique Pena Nieto filed a brief Monday in his personal capacity, asking the court to hear the appeal of Rosa Estela Olvera Jimenez.
He says she was denied due process because she wasn't given funds to hire expert witnesses and had ineffective counsel.
Pena Nieto was governor of the state of Mexico when Jimenez, a native of that state, was sentenced in 2005 for the death of a nearly 2-year-old boy she was babysitting.
The boy died three months after choking on five paper towels lodged in his throat.
Jimenez says she's innocent.
Pena Nieto becomes president in December.