Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bulletin: Jennifer Hancock; Wisconsin; Medill Justice Project appeals denial of records in day care provider's shaken-baby syndrome case. A judge had ruled that the documents are confidential after ruling that the victim's parents, who listened to the hearing by telephone, had the right to privacy. Medill Justice Project;

POST: "Medill Justice Project to appeal denial of access to medical records," by Lauren Schroeder, published by the Medill Justice Project on March 27, 2014.

SUB-HEADING:  "The Medill Justice Project filed notice to appeal Judge David T. Flanagan’s ruling denying access to medical records in a shaken-baby syndrome murder case the project is investigating."

GIST:  "Attorneys representing The Medill Justice Project have filed notice to appeal a Wisconsin judge’s ruling denying access to medical records connected to the project’s investigation of a shaken-baby syndrome murder case. Since January, Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper, has been investigating the 2007 case of Jennifer Hancock, a Verona, Wis., day care provider. Hancock, 43, was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide after a 4-month-old boy fell unconscious while under her care and soon after died.........The medical records and other documents from Hancock’s case were in the public court file when The Medill Justice sought them, and the investigative journalism enterprise has received similar records from previous investigations. Prior to The Medill Justice Project’s request, the court clerk’s office had released many medical records to a University of Wisconsin undergraduate student volunteering for the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which is reviewing Hancock’s case for a possible appeal. Attorney James J. Dries of Baker & McKenzie, who represents The Medill Justice Project, said court records should not be considered confidential once they are viewed in a public trial without restriction. At the March 10 hearing, Flanagan ruled the documents are confidential. The judge also said the victim’s parents, who listened to the hearing by telephone, had a right to privacy.

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