Jaywalking Mom Chooses to Have New Trial

Raquel Nelson also chooses new attorney -- high-profile lawyer Steve Sadow

A mother convicted of vehicular homicide and jaywalking in connection with her 4-year-old son’s death has opted to retry the case.

’s son was killed last year by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed Austell Road with him and her two other young children nearly a half-mile from a crosswalk.

A jury found Nelson guilty of secondary vehicular homicide, crossing roadway elsewhere than at a crosswalk and reckless conduct in the April 10, 2010 incident, amid a national outcry for her to be exonerated.

But when sentenced last week to a year of probation, a judge offered Nelson an alternative – a chance to retry her case.

The reports that her new attorney will be Steve Sadow. “I have taken the case pro bono because her prosecution is morally wrong and unjustified," Sadow told the paper.

Sadow is best known for representing Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris in his defense against illegal gun charges in 2008.


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