When a Cobb County State Court judge granted a new trial for a woman convicted of vehicular homicide — in the death of her 4-year-old son, who was hit by a drunk driver as the family crossed the street — the court offered a piece of advice that went largely unnoticed by the national media crowded in the courtroom on July 26.

Judge Kathryn J. Tanksley had just sentenced Raquel Nelson to probation and then, sua sponte, said she would give Nelson a chance for a new trial altogether.

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