Aberdeen News Article
Man who had rape conviction overturned seeks Supreme Court ruling against defense attorneys
Fred Slota was accused in Brown County of sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl between Aug. 28, 2012, and Dec. 8, 2012. In 2014, he was convicted at trial and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
That conviction was overturned following a habeas corpus appeal, after Slota served about three years in prison. Judge Jon Flemmer ruled Slota had not been represented by an effective attorney at trial. According to Flemmer’s ruling, witnesses who could have provided testimony about inconsistent statements made by the victim were not called at trial.