HILLIARD SEEKS TO OVERTURN WRONGFUL CONVICTION IN GM RECALL
CASE CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (October 15, 2014) â€“ Today, Bob Hilliard, a Texas lawyer and one of the nationâ€™s key players in the pursuit of claims against GM filed an application for writ of habeas corpus to remove the charge of criminally negligent homicide from Candice Andersonâ€™s record.
Almost ten years ago Candice Anderson lost control of her 2004 Saturn ION while driving down a county road in East Texas in the middle of the day. Candiceâ€™s fiancÃ©, Gene Mikale Erickson was her passenger that day and died when their vehicle left the roadway and collided, head-on, into a nearby grove of trees. Both Candice and Mikaleâ€™s airbags failed to deploy due to the sub-standard ignition switch GM knowingly installed in millions of vehicles across the country. GM counts Mikaleâ€™s death as one of the 13 confirmed fatalities linked to the faulty ignition switch.
At the time of the accident, GM knew of the faulty ignition, knew it was the cause of Candice Andersonâ€™s accident but quietly covered up the exculpatory evidence—not providing the evidence to Candice Anderson or the District Attorneyâ€™s office. Therefore, law enforcement was left with an unexplained accident and a death—they concluded Ms. Anderson was at fault because no â€œevasive actionâ€ skid marks were evident and trace amounts of alprazolam, an anxiety medication, was discovered in Candice Andersonâ€™s system. Investigators had no way of knowing that the ignition switch had failed, rendering brakes, steering and airbags inoperable.
TORTURED BY GUILT
Sadly, Ms. Anderson also believed she was at fault. She pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and spent years wracked with guilt about Mr. Ericksonâ€™s death. Last week, Mikale Ericksonâ€™s mother, Rhonda, received confirmation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the accident was caused by GMâ€™s faulty ignition switch, not Candice Andersonâ€™s negligence. For the first time in ten years, Ms. Andersonâ€™s burden of guilt has been lifted.
THE SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
Today Bob Hilliard began the process to have this charge removed from Candiceâ€™s record. â€œThis wrong will never be made completely right,â€ states Hilliard. â€œThere is a special place in hell for a company that makes a conscious decision to remain silent as a young womanâ€™s future is stolen away by a wrongful felony convictionâ€ â€œAt any point in the process GM could have first, saved Mikale from being killed, and second, saved Candice from being convicted of a felony. They did neither and do not deserve the second chance they refused to give Candice.â€
â€œAt the last Congressional hearings Senator Richard Blumenthal directly implored GM CEO Mary Barra to personally assist in helping Candice Anderson right this wrong, Ms. Barra flatly refused as did GMâ€™s general counsel Michael Millikin.
As I begin to uncover the depth of this evil GM perpetrated resulting in hundreds of deaths across the country and the wrongful conviction of Candice Anderson it is my strong belief the guilty and culpable decision makers must go to jail."