Sally Clark (easy), p2

When Sally went to court the people helping her said that Harry’s body had been hurt by the doctor who was looking at it; it had not been hurt before he died. They also said that the blood in Christopher’s lungs came from the nosebleed he had had in London.

But the government continued saying that Sally had killed both her babies. They said she was a drinker and a very unhappy person. The government also asked a famous doctor, Sir Roy Meadow, to speak in the court. He said that the chances of two babies dying suddenly from sickness in a family like Sally’s were 75-million to one; so Sally must have killed the two boys.

In the end, Sally was sent to jail for fifteen years. She went back to court in 2000, but she lost again and had to stay in jail.

In 2001, Stephen got hold of 1000 pages of doctors’ notes about his two sons. He looked through them and found a report on some tests that had been done on Harry’s body. These tests had been kept secret. They showed that, before he died, Harry’s lungs had been unhealthy. Because Stephen had found this new information, Sally was allowed to go to court for a third time. This time the court found that Harry and Christopher had both died because they were sick. Sally was freed in February 2003 after more than three years in jail.

-information from: The Telegraph (UK), 01.05.11; The Observer, (UK) 01.08.15 (John Sweeney and Bill Law); Legal Business, (UK) 01.11 (Matthew Rushton)The Guardian (UK) 03.01.29; The Observer, 03.02.02 (John Sweeney); The Observer, 03.06.15 (John Sweeney); http://www.sallyclark.org.uk/lockyer.html (Frank Lockyer);

got back:
returned

had a check up:
the doctor looked at his body to see if everything was all right

drinker:
person who drinks a lot of alcohol (beer, wine, etc)

had changed his mind:
changed his belief (thought what he had believed earlier was wrong

lungs:
part of body where oxygen is taken from air and put into blood

freed:
allowed to leave prison (past tense of verb “to free”)