Monday, September 15, 2014

Shaken baby syndrome: "On SBS" Publisher Sue Luttner interviews "Susan Goldsmith, creator of "The Syndrome" soon to be premiered in Kansas - a film which profiles, "three of the most outspoken critics of shaking theory, forensic pathologist John Plunkett, pediatric neuroradiologist Pat Barnes, and neurosurgeon Ron Uscinski."

COUNTDOWN: 17  days to Wrongful Conviction Day: (Thursday October 2, 2014);

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: Quite ironically, as Susan Goldsmith's film about the extent that promotors of the shaken baby syndrome theory  have gone to silence thier critics,  is about to be premiered,  Dr. Waney Squier, who has steadfastly stood up for parents accused  of killing their children and challenged the existence of "the syndrome" has been hauled before the British Medical Council - the regulatory body of the British Medical Profession - apparently in connection with her views. A procedural  hearing was slated to begin today - Monday  September 15, 2014.  The full hearing  will be held in March. We will be following these proceedings closely. See the recent post on the efforts to silence Dr. Squier:

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

POST: "The Syndrome promises fireworks" by Sue Luttner, published  by "On SBS" on September 10, 2014.

GIST:  “Shaken baby syndrome is the most mind-blowing story I have encountered in 26 years as a journalist,” says Susan Goldsmith, whose film The Syndrome has been nominated for a Jury Award at its premiere next month at the Kansas International Film Festival. “The deeper and deeper you go, the worse it gets.” Even over the phone, Goldsmith crackles with the same energy that makes the trailer so compelling and no doubt earned the film its nomination. “When I found out how the promoters of the theory are trying to silence their critics,” she flares, “I knew I had to make this movie.” She promises an “explosive” exposé, consistent with her web site’s report that the film “unflinchingly identifies those who have built careers and profited from this theory along with revealing their shocking pasts.”.........The Syndrome profiles three of the most outspoken critics of shaking theory, forensic pathologist John Plunkett, pediatric neuroradiologist Pat Barnes, and neurosurgeon Ron Uscinski.........The Syndrome premieres on Sunday, October 12, 12:15 pm at the Glenwood Arts Theater in Overland Park, Kansas. It will also be shown at the Twin Cities Film Fest, October 16-26, schedule not yet posted."

The entire post can be found at:

See also the official website for "The Syndrome." ..."Audrey Edmunds, mother of three, spent 11 years in prison for killing a baby she never harmed. And she is not alone. What happens when widely held beliefs based on junk science lead to the convictions of innocent people? The Syndrome is an explosive documentary following the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a child abuse theory responsible for hundreds of prosecutions each year in the US, is not scientifically valid. In fact, they say, it does not even exist. Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith teams with Award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith to document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and shine a light on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted. The Syndrome uncovers the origins of the myth of “Shaken Baby Syndrome.” It unflinchingly identifies those who have built careers and profited from this theory along with revealing their shocking pasts. Shaken baby proponents are determined to silence their critics while an unthinkable number of lives are ruined."

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