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The pardon was based on the interim recommendations of a state inquiry into new scientific evidence that created reasonable doubt that Folbigg had smothered her children, as prosecutors had alleged at her trial.

The inquiry’s final report recommended on Wednesday that the state Court of Criminal Appeal consider clearing Folbigg’s criminal record.

Folbigg’s lawyer, Rhanee Rego, welcomed that recommendation as “another significant positive milestone in Kathleen’s 24-year journey to clear her name.”

“Today, and every day, Kathleen’s thoughts are with her children,” Rego said in a statement.

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