Friday, November 30, 2007
The opening of a can of worms...
In what will no doubt be a national, convoluted, disturbing, and long trial:
Manishkumar Patel, 34, is accused of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly spiking his pregnant girlfriend's drink with RU-486 on Sept. 17 in Appleton — two weeks before she miscarried.
Although she did not ingest that drink, authorities suspect he may have caused that miscarriage and another one she had about 10 months earlier.
Patel is being prosecuted under the state's fetal homicide law that has been in effect since 1998. That law classified unborn children as potential crime victims.
The two photos are from Patel's initial court appearance. They, among others I sent, were carried on the AP wire and also used by CNN in their on-air legal analysis of the case. Not a huge deal but fun to see the photos used on a national level.