The case of a Cavan woman who was jailed in the US for two and a half years has become part of the campaign of a candidate hoping to become the District Attorney of a County in Massachusetts.
Aishling Brady McCarthy from Lavey was charged with the first degree murder of 1 year old Rehma Sabir. She spend two and a half years in prison before being acquitted and released.
The sitting District Attorney is accused of keeping evidence from Brady-McCarthy’s defence team.
Candidate Donna Patalano is seeking to deny incumbent District Attorney Marian Ryan the Democratic Party nomination in a party primary election to be held on September 4th.
One of the planks of Patalano’s campaign is that Ryan acted unethically by waiting over a year before releasing information to lawyers representing Aisling Brady McCarthy – information from an expert’s opinions that injuries to the baby McCarthy was accused of killing by shaking had previous injuries.
Ryan who declined repeated attempts to respond for this story told the Boston Globe at the time that her office should have provided the information sooner to McCarthy. She blamed extenuating circumstances for the expert’s final report.