“EXCLUSIVE: Tyler woman’s criminal case botched”

KYTX (CBS19)  
February 18, 2016 

A woman from East Texas was charged with a crime, put on probation, and ordered to pay court fees — she did so for eight months. Once she started to do some digging, she found out her case had actually been dismissed before she was even supposed to show up in court. During this entire period of time, she was unable to get in contact with her court-appointed lawyer after trying to reach him week after week. As we started to ask questions to those involved with this woman’s botched case, there was a lot of blame being thrown around — but no definitive answers as to how this happened. To show the type of impact this had on the situation, the woman’s court-appointed lawyer ended up coincidentally contacting her the day after the story aired — for the first time in eight months of being appointed to represent her.

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Submitted by Jay Wallis.

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