She was sentenced to life in prison. Brad Barbin, a former state and federal prosecutor took on Cindy’s case, post-conviction, knowing full well that most appeals are a long shot.
Excerpt from the story on June 6, 2007:
Brad Barbin: Appeals generally are not fruitful. You lose appeals all the time. It’s a fact of life.
But he says Cindy’s trial was so unusual in the way it played out, he had hope the appeals court would not ignore the case.
Barbin: When you have the kind of fact pattern that nobody’s ever seen before and nobody can believe, that’s when you get a retrial. That’s when you get somebody walking out of jail because the evidence just isn’t there.