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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

British Nanny Appeal

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Lawyers defending a British au pair should not be allowed to demand that the jury decide between murder or acquittal, sample the verdict, then seek to reduce it to a charge they initially opposed, prosecutors argued.

Her own lawyers argued that Louise Woodward, 19, should never have been convicted of second-degree murder because the evidence presented during her trial did not support the charge that she shook and slammed 8-month-old Matthew Eappen in a fit of rage.

Judge Hiller Zobel was to hear arguments Tuesday on Woodward's request to overturn the verdict, reduce it to manslaughter or grant a new trial.