Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rodricus Crawford: Louisiana; Back in court March 15; Will the former death row inmate finally learn whether prosecutors will drop the murder charge - or put him through a new trial?

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Rodricus Crawford  is set to appear in court on Wednesday, March 15. The former death row inmate  won his appeal in September for reasons reported previously in this Blog. Louisiana prosecutors have said they are taking a fresh look at his case. Crawford will hopefully learn at this hearing whether they will drop the murder charge - or proceed with a new trial. This Blog will be following developments closely.

Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.


See the previous post (September 8, 2016) at the link below: "Rodricus Crawford; Louisiana; Part 23; (Appeal); The Advocate's John Simerman's comprehensive story on  yesterday's appeal: "Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll cast perhaps the most doubt from the bench as she questioned Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Tommy Johnson over the office's decision to seek death for Crawford. "Is there any evidence he occasionally abused the child or was rough with the child?" Knoll asked. "No, your honor," Johnson responded. "Then how did the state come about (to the position) that this was a first-degree murder case, on circumstantial evidence, with a child that an autopsy had discovered had sepsis, and ask that this man be put to death on weak circumstances? You don't even have a motive," Knoll said."

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. 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: Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at: Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to: Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;