That’s what a case coming before the Michigan Supreme Court this week will decide.
The defendant here is Lorinda Swain, who was convicted in 2002 for sexually abusing her adopted son.
But her son later told the court he’d lied about the abuse. After more than seven years in prison, Swain was let out on bond when a judge ruled she deserved a new trial.
But the Court of Appeals overruled that decision two separate times. Now the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case.
Yet there’s a lot more at stake here than just whether one woman will get a new trial.