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Purvi Patel set to be released from prison after state decides against appeal

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Purvi Patel, the Indiana woman was convicted of neglect and feticide last year, will be released from prison after the state’s attorney general this week decided against appealing the overturning of her conviction.

A deadline for the attorney general’s office to ask the Indiana Supreme Court to take up the state Court of Appeals ruling that reversed Patel’s feticide conviction passed Monday without such a request. Patel’s attorneys also did not ask the court to weigh in on the July ruling.

Patel appealed her 2015 feticide and child neglect convictions that resulted in a 20-year prison sentence. In its ruling, Indiana’s appeals court vacated both of those convictions. But it found that Patel, 35, should be resentenced on a lower-level child neglect charge that carries a maximum three-year sentence. It is hoped that with the help of the best appeal attorney the state has to offer, she may be able to walk free, but that is yet to be seen.

Patel’s attorney, Larry Marshall, said the reasoning laid out in the appeals court’s unanimous ruling “was really unassailable, so I’m very pleased the state didn’t drag things out just for the sake of dragging things out.”

“I hope now that we’ll get to a point where Purvi will be able to put this nightmare behind her and hopefully get on with her life,” Marshall, a Stanford University law professor, said Tuesday.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement the state decided not to seek a rehearing before the appeals court or ask Indiana’s high court to consider the case “after carefully reviewing” the ruling and consulting with local prosecutors.

They “concluded that further appeal would not be productive and that resolving the case now will serve the interests of justice,” he added.

Marshall expects the appeals court ruling to be certified within the next 10 days. After that, the St. Joseph County trial court judge will set a resentencing hearing.

Should that judge sentence Patel to the maximum, three years, Marshall said she would in reality face an 18-month term because of credit for good behavior. Under that term, she would be released in late September because she has already served 17 months.

“We’re hoping for a speedy resentencing and for Purvi’s speedy release,” Marshall said.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (Diya TV) – The US State Department announced that diplomat Puneet Talwar is its new ambassador to Morocco. President Biden proposed Talwar as the new nominee last March. The new ambassador to Morocco has a rich portfolio in diplomacy. The diplomat is currently a senior adviser to the State Department.

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Sukhpal Singh arrested in Tusli Mandir hate crime case

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) – New York police arrested a man for allegedly sledgehammering a statue of Gandhi outside a Queens Hindu Shri Tusli Mandir. Twenty seven year old Sukhpal Singh is charged with criminal mischief and a hate crime for allegedly destroying the statue and defacing it with spray paint outside Tulsi Mandir in Richmond Hill last month. 

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