Bulletin: Henry Keogh: Australia: Part Five: Question of the day: (Also worth asking in respect of the Canadian forensic "expert" Charles Smith); How could Colin Manock - a medical doctor who did not have the expert qualifications to certify the cause of death - have appeared in 400 criminal cases - and yet nobody challenged his expert status? Legal reform activist Bob Moles gives his answer during an informative interview on the Ian Henschke Drive Program. ABC Radio 891;
"Ian: OK and one last quick one here and why didn’t defence counsel challenge Manock’s
expert status at a trial, why didn’t someone do that?
Bob: Now, isn’t that the big question, he has appeared in 400 criminal cases, and nobody
actually thought to focus in and ask whether he was properly qualified,
Ian: Well it’s a bit rude isn’t it, it’s like someone turning up at a court as an archbishop or
something, and people asking about your qualifications as an archbishop, you just accept it
Bob: In the Keogh trial, the prosecutor said here’s Dr Manock, he’s done 10,000 autopsies,
he’s obviously a man that you can rely upon.
Ian: Well as they say practice doesn’t make perfect practice just makes permanent.
Bob: Well as Rohan Wenn said on channel seven, just because you do a job frequently
doesn’t mean you do it right,
Ian: Well that was my old swimming coach, he said, practice makes permanent it doesn’t
make perfect if you do the wrong thing, you will do the wrong thing over and over again if
you do it the wrong way. Thank you very much, that’s been very insightful, Dr Bob Moles."
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.