Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Crazy SMU Law Professor's Conviction Overturned.

Appeals court overturns SMU law professor's assault conviction

DALLAS -- A state appeals court has overturned a Southern Methodist University law professor’s conviction of intentionally striking a bicyclist with her car.

Jane Dolkart had been sentenced last summer to five years of probation after a Dallas County jury convicted her of aggravated assault Monday.

But a three-judge Fifth Texas Court of Appeals panel in Dallas reversed the conviction last Wednesday.

It ruled that the trial judge gave a Dallas County jury flawed instructions.

Jurors had agreed she used her car as a deadly weapon when she hit Tommy Thomas, who was riding a bicycle at White Rock Lake last May.

Note to my cycling friends: Stay off the road.

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