Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bulletin: Lindy Chamberlain: (Australia). Coroner orders new Azaria inquest: (Set to begin February 24, 2012 HL; ) 'The Age."

STORY: (Northern Territory) Coroner to hold new Azaria inquest 30 years on," by reporter Malcolm Brown, published earlier today in "The Age."

GIST: "In October 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail. Michael Chamberlain, found guilty of being an accessory after the fact, was given a suspended sentence. A royal commission was ordered after a community campaign. In June 1987, it exonerated the Chamberlains, whose convictions were quashed. In December 1995, a third coroner's inquest returned an open verdict. Dr Chamberlain said he and his ex-wife had campaigned for a new inquest to establish that Azaria had been taken by a dingo. "We believe that new evidence will indicate that dingoes can in fact kill babies," he said. "I trust that the truth will now be determined.""

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: (EDITORIAL); The order for a new inquest is welcome even though so many years have passed. Indeed, it is of paramount importance that the death record reflect the true cause of death - and make utterly clear for posterity that Lindy Chamberlain is innocent.



PUBLISHER'S NOTE: 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:

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;;