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      Former state trooper convicted of sex crime gets new trial

      The former Michigan State Police trooper that was originally sentenced for criminal sexual conduct will be getting a new trial due to ineffective legal counsel.

      The Michigan Court of Appeals has granted a new trial to 39-year-old David Morikawa. He was originally sentenced to prison on two charges of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a 12-year-old girl.

      The court of appeals acknowledges Morikawa's claim that he had "ineffective assistance of counsel and shown a fundamental unreliability with respect to his trial." The full Michigan Court of Appeals document can be found here.

      The original incident responsible for the charges against Morikawa happened in July 2009. His original sentence was for two concurrent prison terms of 20 months to 15 years. Morikawa was granted parole on March 14, 2013.