A Michigan appellate court has overturned an involuntary manslaughter conviction because a judge forgot to include the words "not guilty" on the verdict form used by the jury. The case involved Michael Jess Wade, a security guard who was convicted in 2007 of fatally shooting a suspected thief at a Detroit Police Department impound yard. He received a three-to-15-year sentence, but will receive a new trial as a result of the mistake made by Wayne County Circuit Judge Annette Berry.
Judge Forgot to Put 'Not Guilty' on Verdict Form
The National Law Journal
April 24, 2009