Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Aisling Brady McCarthy: Massachusetts: Major development: "Irish Times reports that, "Defence attorneys for an Irish nanny facing trial for murdering an infant in her care said on Tuesday the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office has agreed to re-examine the child’s medical records amid defence claims that experts for the prosecution may have formed new opinions on the cause of the child’s death." Trial set to begin April 28;


STORY: "Medical records for review in Irish nanny murder case,"  by reporter Beverly Ford, published by the Irish Times on April 7 2015.

SUB-HEADING: "Aisling Brady McCarthy lawyer says request for audit prompted by report discrepancies."

PHOTO-CAPTION:   "Aisling Brady McCarthy of Co Cavan (above), is scheduled to go on trial on April 28th next in the US for the murder of 12-month-old Rehma Sabir, who was found unconscious in her family’s home where Ms McCarthy was working as a nanny. The child died two days later on January 16th, 2013."

GIST: "Defence attorneys for an Irish nanny facing trial for murdering an infant in her care said on Tuesday the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office has agreed to re-examine the child’s medical records amid defence claims that experts for the prosecution may have formed new opinions on the cause of the child’s death.........“We’re once again left guessing the basis of these opinions,” said Ms Thompson, explaining her request for a re-examination of medical reports was prompted by discrepancies between new reports submitted by the prosecution late last week and reports submitted earlier.........Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald contends that there are no discrepancies in any of the reports, only an expanded explanation of what medical experts will testify to when Ms McCarthy goes to trial on April 28th.........Ms Thompson told the court the prosecution’s medical experts were asked to look at the opinions of other experts who examined the child and expanded their opinions after those reviews. One expert, she said, initially suggested more tests were needed to determine whether a bleeding disorder caused the child’s death, but after reviewing medical records provided by other physicians he now plans to testify that a bleeding disorder was not the cause of death. Other prosecution experts have said the child died from “abusive head trauma” and not an accidental injury. That cause of death was based in part of retinal haemorrhaging, which is consistent with shaken baby syndrome, Mr Fitzgerald said. Ms Thompson, however, noted that “retinal haemorrhaging is consistent with many things”. In an attempt to get the new medical opinions thrown out as evidence, Ms Thompson’s co-counsel, David Meier, argued there was a rush to charge Ms McCarthy, who was arrested just two days after the infant’s death. “The government made a knowing decision to charge Mrs McCarthy and to hold her without bail, then they said ‘we have some problems with our case,” said Mr Meier, describing the revised reports as a way for the prosecution to “close the holes” in their case. “It’s not a game,” said Mr Meier. “It’s about getting at the truth.”"

The entire story can be found at:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/medical-records-for-review-in-irish-nanny-murder-case-1.2167854

See RTE story: Trial delayed until May 6.  "However, at a pre-trial hearing in Woburn, Massachusetts today, the jury trial was put back once again and will not now begin until 6 May."

 http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0407/692668-aisling-brady-mccarthy-court/

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