Car Defects Raise Doubts About Crash Convictions

Lakisha Ward-Green spent three months in jail after she lost control of her Chevrolet Cobalt, killing her teenage passenger. Last week, a Pennsylvania judge, citing “newly discovered evidence” erased her guilty plea. The new evidence: the February 2014 recall by General Motors of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches. Ward-Green, now 25, is part of a small but growing group of people caught in a Kafkaesque legal web...

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