Rodricus Crawford: Part 22; His fate - indeed, his life - is now in the hands of seven justices of the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Judgment was reserved after approximately one and a half hours of oral argument....Publisher's view: "My personal hope is that the Supreme Court justices will not return Rodricus into the hands of the prosecutors who have demonstrated such a bloodthirsty, vengeful drive to kill this innocent young man who is still trying to grieve the death of his young son. Instead, I hope that the Supreme Court of Louisiana will declare Rodricus Crawford "actually innocent" - and order his immediate release. Prosecutor Dale Cox and his ilk be damned." HL);
MEMORABLE QUOTE: Lawyer Cecilia Kappel to the seven judges of the Louisana Supreme Court hearing Rodicrus Crawford's appeal (Wednesday September 7): "This case is an extraordinary miscarriage of justice and this Court has the opportunity to right (it);
PUBLISHER'S VIEW(Editorial): "I was informed earlier today that the Louisiana Supreme Court had reserved Judgment on Rodricus' appeal after about 90 minutes of oral argument. Most significantly, I am told that the prosecutors vehemently pursued the death penalty for Rodricrus - even though a mass of experts in their respective fields concluded that 1-year-old Roderius had died of pneumonia and related sepsis - and had not, as the prosecution (based on a disputed pathologist's report) been smothered to death. My personal hope is that the Supreme Court justices will not return Rodricus into the hands of the prosecutors who have demonstrated such a bloodthirsty, vengeful drive to kill this innocent young man,who is still trying to grieve the death of his young son. Instead, I hope that the Court will declare Rodricus Crawford "actually innocent" - and order his immediate release. Prosecutor Dale Cox and his ilk be damned. Harold Levy: Publisher: The Charles Smith Blog. PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 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: http://www.thestar.com/topic/charlessmithInformation on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at: http://smithforensic.blogspot.com/2011/05/charles-smith-blog-award-nominations.htmlPlease
send any comments or information on other cases and issues of
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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 email@example.com. Read on! Harold Levy.