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Lucia de Berk



Murder and Attempted Murder


Life Imprisonment without possibility of parole

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The Hague


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

"Lucia de Berk was a nurse wrongly convicted in 2003 of committing four murders and attempting to murder three other people in 2000 and 2001 at three hospitals she worked at in The Hague, Netherlands. Berk was arrested in 2001. Her convictions were based on the prosecution's contention she had poisoned the patients -- all of whom she was responsible for patient care and delivery of medication while on duty. Berk was sentenced on March 24, 2003 to life in prison, which did not include the possibility of parole. Berk appealed. On June 18, 2004 her convictions were affirmed, and the appeals court also found her guilty of three additional murders, and increased her life sentence to include coerced psychiatric treatment, though the state criminal psychological observation unit did not find any evidence she suffered from mental illness. On June 17, 2008, the Advocate-General of the Supreme Court requested for the Supreme Court to reopen the case. On October 7, 2008 the Court granted the request based on substantial new facts that in some cases Berk could not have caused the deaths, and that all the deaths could have been from natural causes. After 6-1-2 years in custody Berk was released pending her retrial in the Court of Appeal. During her retrial the Director of Public prosecutions conceeded the evidence did not support Berk's conviction, and on April 14, 2010 the appeals court acquitted Berk in all 10 cases."

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"On April 14, 2010 the Arnhem Appeals Court in The Netherlands acquitted Lucia de Berks' in all ten cases, after the Director of Public prosecutions conceeded their was insufficient evidence to support her conviction in any of the cases."

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Information Source 1:

"Dutch nurse jailed for seven murders has conviction quashed, By Tony Sheldon, BMJ.com, April 16, 2010"

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"Dutch nurse Lucy De Berk acquitted of patient murders, By Staff writers, BBC News, April 14, 2010"

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"LUCIA De B. IS INNOCENT, www.luciadeb.nl"

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Book About Case:

"Lucia de B: Reconstruction of a Miscarriage of Justice, By Ton Derksen, with Metta de Noo-Derksen (2006)"

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Movie About Case:

"Accused (Orig. title: Lucia de B), Independent Films, 2014"

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