The Iowa Supreme Court overturned Heidi’s conviction on October 17, nine years after Heidi entered prison for a 50 year sentence. Heidi has been awarded a new trial. Finally someone listened to what her supporters have been saying for 10 years!
The Court’s full decision is an interesting read. It gives insight into how the courts and legislature view mental illness in criminal proceedings.
Layman’s explanations are in a 10-18 Des Moines Register article.
Columnist Reka Basu spoke the sentiments of EveryPurpose exactly:
“Thanks to this ruling, Parrish says lawyers representing new mothers must from now on explore the possibility of postpartum depression before deciding on a defense strategy. That’s progress, but not enough. The Iowa Legislature should also look at including postpartum depression as a criminal defense, as England does. That would also help educate the public that it is real and can be crippling. Judging from many of the harsh comments posted online in response to the Anfinson case, there’s a lot of ignorance out there.”