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Woman failed to raise defense, still escapes conviction (access required)

Where the criminal statute did not apply to failure to appear at a revocation proceeding, the court, citing an exception that allows it to “attain the ends of justice,” vacated a woman’s conviction despite the fact she did not raise the argument at trial or on appeal. Background In February 2009, Merritt was convicted of one count ...