State ex rel. Stephen P. Bowers v. Tom Scott, Administrator, Southwestern Regional, et al.

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The State appeals the circuit court's order granting Stephen P. Bowers petition for habeas corpus with prejudice, prohibiting the State from a retrial. In 2003 Mr. Bowers was convicted of three counts of sexual abuse by a custodian, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, and two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree. In the habeas order, the circuit court found that Mr. Bowers was prejudiced by receiving ineffective assistance of trial counsel and by improper comments of the prosecutor.