Friday, January 24, 2014

Jeffrey Havard. Mississippi; "This case is unique in the fact that no crime occurred." Lynne Blanchard in a compelling post on her Blog "Stop Wrongful Convictions" this case, a wrongful execution. (Must Read; HL);

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: : From time to time Lynne Blanchard draws my attention to a case that troubles her - most recently the prosecution of  former Indian  police officer David Camm.  From my first contact with her, Lynne has demonstrated well-honed analytical skills, fairness and balance  in approaching cases. Her views, as expressed on her "Stop Wrongful Convictions" blog  are well worth  considering.

Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

POST: "My thoughts on the Jeffrey Havard case," posted by Lynne Blanchard on the Stop Wrongful Convictions Blog, on January 8, 2014.

GIST: "Of all the wrongful conviction cases I’ve covered, the Jeffrey Havard case has been the most difficult for me to write about. Not because I don’t believe in his innocence; quite the contrary. It is a challenge to discuss it because I believe that as soon as people see that the case involves the death of a 6 month old baby and alleged sexual assault, people shy away from it. It’s important for people to understand this case so I’m going to try to describe it in the simplest form possible – how this could happen to anyone who has ever cared for a child. This case is unique in the fact that no crime occurred......... "When something like this happens, people want answers, people want someone to be held responsible. It’s a way of coping with the tragedy, but in this case there was an irresponsible rush to judgement that has resulted in an innocent man being sentenced to death. It doesn’t get any more serious than that. We can’t let this happen and once one takes the time to look at the facts of this case, it is clear that Chloe’s death was the result of an accidental drop, a slip while being lifted out of the bathtub. It could happen to any one of us."

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