Charges dropped in Pa. baby-selling caseBy Matt Miller | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than seven years after the prosecution began, the state attorney general's office has withdrawn charges against a Potter County lawyer and three others accused in a baby-selling case.
Jeff Johnson, a spokesman for the AG's office confirmed the withdrawal.
A review conducted by his agency "showed the evidence that remains more than seven years after the charges were filed is insufficient," Johnson said. "We moved to withdraw the charges because the remaining evidence would not have resulted in a successful prosecution."
The case, lodged in Potter County Court, had taken a yo-yo course. It seemed to be dead once before when the presiding judge dismissed the charges in 2013 on grounds that prosecutors had taken too long to bring Smith and the other defendants to trial.
However, this past March a state Superior Court panel overturned that dismissal and revived the case.
The case was more than a little unusual.
It began in 2009 when former Potter County President Judge John Leete gave a tip to a state trooper. The judge said he had learned that Smith had tried unsuccessfully to buy one baby and had bought another baby from a new mom, Krista Eveland. Read more...