Waney Squier: appeal: Bulletin: (Very) Brief BBC report: Her appeal has begun..."A tribunal concluded in March that Dr Waney Squier had gone beyond her expertise and had intentionally misled in a number of court cases. Neuropathologist Dr Squier, who was based at Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital, denies this. Her lawyers told the High Court she had given her honestly held opinion."
"A consultant paediatrician who disputed the existence of "shaken baby syndrome" has begun her appeal against being struck off. A tribunal concluded in March that Dr Waney Squier had gone beyond her expertise and had intentionally misled in a number of court cases. Neuropathologist Dr Squier, who was based at Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital, denies this. Her lawyers told the High Court she had given her honestly held opinion. Shaken
baby syndrome, also known as SBS, is a controversial diagnosis that
causes about 250 criminal and family court cases a year. Dr Squier acted as an expert witness in six case involving SBS, including the deaths of four babies and a 19-month-old child. She has told the BBC she believes she was struck off because her views challenged the establishment. Dr Squier is one of three British pathologists who are openly critical of SBS theory who no longer give evidence in court. Aside from her appeal, Dr Squier is also calling for a public inquiry into SBS. Analysis:Alison Holt, social affairs correspondent, BBC News "Dr
Waney Squier is an internationally respected paediatric
neuropathologist who challenges the science behind what used to be
called "shaken baby syndrome" and is now known as non-accidental head
injury A tribunal concluded she had gone beyond her expertise and been deliberately misleading in a number of court cases. She
denies this, and at the start of her appeal on Monday, Dr Squier's
lawyers argued she he had given her honestly held opinion in what they
called one of the most controversial areas of medicine." http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-37688263
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.