Shaken baby syndrome: Sue Luttner of "On SBS" reminds us that the close-minded, strident advocates of shaken baby syndrome are out in force these days. (A grim read, indeed. HL);
POST: "Shaking theorists repel criticism," by Sue Luttner, published by "On SBS" on April 30, 2015.
GIST: (The bad news): "While
ripples persist in the wake of last month’s news stories questioning
shaken baby syndrome in the courtroom, innocent parents and
babysitters are still going to prison and most press coverage still
treats shaking theory as established fact." (The even worse news): Now the news magazine of the
American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP News, has published a commentary that dismisses the controversy as a “false debate” and criticizes The Washington Post coverage in March as “unbalanced, sowing doubt on scientific issues that actually are well-established.” The commentary’s authors, Drs. Howard Dubowitz and Errol R. Alden, argue that both the Post article and the PBS NewsHour segment that ran the same week make too much fuss over the views of only a few doctors: "What are the facts? Similar to the so-called debate over
climate change, it involves a tiny cadre of physicians. These few
physicians testify regularly for the defense in criminal trials — even
when the medical evidence indicating abuse is overwhelming. They deny
what science in this field has well-established. They are well beyond
the bounds where professionals may disagree reasonably. Instead, they
concoct different and changing theories, ones not based on medical
evidence and scientific principles. All they need to do in the courtroom
is to obfuscate the science and sow doubt.".........Sue Luttner provides an utterly depressing review of disturbing cases, demonstrates that the pediatric shaken baby syndrome advocates are more
strident than ever, and sends out the message that a great deal more
must be done to educate the public and the criminal justice system that there are other
causes than abuse for subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhages, and
encephalopathy. (An important message. A grim read, indeed. HL);
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My interest in forensic pathology began with my Toronto Star investigative reporting into once famed since disgraced former doctor Charles Smith. I began this Blog after retiring from the Star in 2006 in order to follow the aftermath into the independent Goudge inquiry into many of Smith's cases. I have now begun to focus on cases involving flawed forensic science no matter where they occur (the recent Amanda Knox prosecution in Italy, for example) and am fascinated by the interest in the Blog from people in countries throughout the world. In another development, my interest in "junk science" "pseudo-experts" and the miscarriages of justice they all too often cause has drawn me deeply into the on-going U.S. death penalty debate where so many troubling cases involve issues relating to DNA and other developments in the world of forensic science. For all of this I rely on my experience as a reporter at the Toronto Star, my work as a lawyer in Ontario's criminal courts, and my abhorrence of injustice. Please send cases and developments which may be of interest to this Blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on! Harold Levy.