- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Woman gets 7 years for suffocating infant son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for suffocating her 3-month-old son in 2009 and trying to do the same to her infant daughter in 2012.

Twenty-six-year-old Ashleigh Casey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and assault in March. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1phtfgahttp://strib.mn/1phtfga ) reports prosecutors had asked for 12 years, the punishment recommended by state sentencing guidelines.

Hennepin County Judge Fred Karasov says he decided on a sentencing departure because Casey was remorseful and had been successful in therapy.

Casey declined to speak during Tuesday’s hearing.

Casey also tried to suffocate her infant daughter while the baby was a patient at the University of Minnesota Hospital. That led to authorities reopening the case of her son’s death and charging her with murder last year.


Lawyer seeks church’s electronic data on priests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by clergy are asking a judge in St. Paul to order the archdiocese to turn over its electronic data on accused priests - such as emails, texts and data on hard drives - so they can get an even deeper look at what church leaders knew and when.

If the judge agrees, attorney Jeff Anderson said, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be required to turn over more of its internal communications than ever before.

“I think it really will give us a very deep insight into the inner workings (of the church) and the conscious choices being made by the top officials,” he said.

The archdiocese did not immediately answer questions sent via email. Ramsey County District Court Judge John Van de North will hold a hearing on Anderson’s request later this month.

Anderson said he and his colleagues have already received roughly 70,000 pages in documents from church officials as part of a case in which they claim the archdiocese and the Diocese of Winona created a public nuisance and risked public safety by keeping the names of accused priests secret.


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