Last week the trial of Zinah Jennings started in South Carolina. The 23-year-old Jennings is on trial for charges of unlawful conduct toward a child. Her son, Amir Jennings has been missing since Thanksgiving of 2011 and has yet to be found. Jennings herself has given conflicting stories on what she did with her son although Amir’s blood has been identified in Jennings’ car.
Just as the prosecution was set to deliver its closing argument last week Jennings went into labor with her second child delaying the trial until at least tomorrow. Jennings’ lawyer, the ever hilariously named Hemphill Pride II, says that he will argue for a mistrial because of the birth. Whatever.
No word yet on the condition of the newborn or who will take custody of the child. Jennings’ mother says that she is willing to care for the child while other reports states the child may become a ward of the state.
Jennings is only looking at 10 years in prison.
We can only hope and pray that Amir is found safely, but unfortunately I don’t think that will happen. I can imagine a scenario where Jennings is convicted and then confesses to where he is in order to try to get a reduced sentence.
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