Sunday, May 6, 2012

Larry Swearingen: Texas Chronicle reporter Jordan Smith wins journalism award for her portrayal of the physical evidence in the case;

STORY: "Gentlewoman and a scholar," by Monica Riese, published in the Texas Chronicle on April 17, 2012.

GIST: "For the first time in its history, the Texas Institute of Letters has awarded its Stanley Walker Newspaper Journalism award to an altweekly writer – specifically, to none other than our very own Jordan Smith. Smith was recognized for her investigative reporting in the Larry Swearingen case, in "The Science of Injustice," Aug. 19, 2011. In that piece, she carefully lays out the case surrounding the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter and calls into question the legitimacy of physical evidence in Texas courts. The case is now under appeal because forensic evidence suggests Swearingen had been arrested and incarcerated weeks before the murder could have been committed.



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:

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:

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Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.