PETITION CAPTION: "On death row for a murder that wasn't."
PETITION PLEA TO DISTRICT ATTORNEY JAMES STEWART: "A death sentence was imposed upon an innocent man. There is more than ample, solid proof that Rodricus Crawford's baby boy died of natural causes. Sepsis caused by pneumonia. This is one of the weakest death penalty cases in the nation! DA Stewart, we implore you to look at the concrete evidence and facts before you.
Mr Crawford did not kill his son. You have sworn to justice...it is your duty to exonerate this young man! Why is this important? So much has been taken away from this young man and his family. The horrible tragedy of losing a child can only be understood by a parent / family member who has walked in those shoes. Mr Crawford is himself a victim, twice! Once in the death of his child who he adored, and the second, a victim of a seemingly corrupt and biased system at the time of his son’s death. Evidence presented in Rodricus Crawford’s case, which led to his conviction, was not scientifically proven, was inaccurate and flawed. Rodricus Crawford was unjustly and wrongfully convicted for a “crime” which never existed. He and his family are grief stricken by the loss of his son and now suffer in silence. He has lost a huge part of his life of which he will never get back. It is time for justice, it is time to bring Rodricus home to his family. We want - through the media - to draw public attention to the fact that unless the Louisiana Supreme Court intervenes there is danger that an innocent man will be executed where no crime occurred: As the expert evidence filed before the Court, the prosecution's experts got it terribly wrong when they minimized the possibility that Roderius died of pneumonia and advanced a theory - not supported by any forensic evidence - that he was smothered to death.We want the public to understand how Rodricus was convicted through extraneous factors that had nothing to do with the evidence."
(The petition - launched by supporter Marlene Belliveau on behalf of Rodicrus Crawford's family - can be found at the following link. (In view of the rapidly approaching appeal - set for Wednesday September 7 - supporters should get their message to Mr. Stewart as soon as possible. HL);
I am monitoring this case. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments.
The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at: