"WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE YEARS? HOW COULD ONE PERSON HAVE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SO MANY MISCARRIAGES OF JUSTICE HOW DID DR. SMITH GET TO ENJOY ALL THE POWER THAT HE DEMONSTRATED BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF COURT? WHO DO WE BELIEVE? WHO DO WE DISBELIEVE? WHO DO WE TRUST? WHO DON'T WE TRUST? HAVE WE REGAINED CONFIDENCE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM? WILL WE EVER? WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN BEFORE OUR CONFIDENCE IS RESTORED? WHAT CHANGES HAVE TO BE MADE IN OUR COURT SYSTEM TO PREVENT MORE INNOCENT PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS FROM BEING INVESTIGATED AND CHARGED WITH MURDERING CHILDREN? WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM GOUDGE? WAS IT WORTH IT? WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN NOW? HOW CAN WE COMPENSATE DR. SMITH'S WRONGLY CONVICTED VICTIMS? DO WE ACCEPT HIS EXCUSES? JUST ERRORS? JUST MISTAKES? NO INTENT TO HARM ANYONE? NO ONE TAUGHT HIM OTHERWISE? OTHER PATHOLOGISTS WOULD HAVE REACHED THE SAME CONCLUSIONS? THE STATE OF PATHOLOGY WAS AT FAULT - NOT HIM? OTHERS WERE AT FAULT FOR FAILING TO SUPERVISE HIM...
THE LITANY GOES ON...I'M SURE YOU WILL HAVE QUESTIONS OF YOUR OWN ... AND ANSWERS AS WELL."
HAROLD LEVY...THE CHARLES SMITH BLOG;
Memories of a harsh winter are receding - and I think it's time to pause for a short while, charge the batteries, enjoy the lush summer days and lighten up.
I have had an incredibly intense experience since my first post last September - and have the sense that we are moving towards a crescendo as Commissioner Goudge prepares to release his report this fall.
There are still a few loose ends to tie up, some new areas that I would love to explore and developments in the various on-going cases and investigations involving Dr. Charles Randal Smith.
Above all, I am hoping to present this Blog's own report - based on the Goudge Inquiry - that will call the hard shots and make recommendations. (To precede the release of the Goudge Report by a day or two);
As this is a formidable challenge, I would appreciate receiving our readers own conclusions and recommendations based on the Goudge experience - to help me formulate my own.
The questions abound;
What happened over the years? How could one person have been responsible for so many miscarriages of justice How did Dr. Smith get to enjoy all the power that he demonstrated both inside and outside of court? Who do we believe? Who do we disbelieve? Who do we trust? Who don't we trust? Have we regained confidence in the criminal justice system? Will we ever? What has to happen before our confidence is restored? What changes have to be made in our court system to prevent more innocent parents and caregivers from being investigated and charged with murdering children? What did we learn from Goudge? Was it worth it? What should happen now? How can we compensate Dr. Smith's wrongly convicted victims? Do we accept his excuses? Just errors? Just mistakes? No intent to harm anyone? No one taught him otherwise? Other pathologists would have reached the dame conclusions? The state of pathology was at fault - not him? Others were at fault for failing to supervise him...
The litany goes on...I'm sure you will have questions of your own ... and answers as well.
Please send me your observations and comments by private email at firstname.lastname@example.org...for my guidance only in preparing the report - and not for publication on the Blog. (The message function on the site will be disconnected until we resume postings.)
So meet me back here in September, have a wonderful summer, and enjoy!
Best wishes, Harold Levy;
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