Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hank Skinner. (4); Missing Jacket. Missing Justice? A perspective by Emma Weisfeld-Adams published on Equal Justice USA.

STORY: "Missing jacket. Missing justice? New development in the Hank Skinner case," by Emma Weisfeld-Adams, published by Equal Justice USA, on June 13, 2012.

GIST: "For eleven years the state avowed that the crime scene evidence was secured and in test-ready condition, but they refused to conduct that testing. Now they have agreed to the testing but have lost track of the evidence. This is a glaring example of system failure – far, far short of the perfection standard that should be expected when a life is on the line. Skinner has come within 47 minutes of lethal injection. That was in 2010. He was two hours away from execution in 2011. And he has spent 18 years of his life locked away under a questionable conviction. The family members of the murder victims – who have also been calling for DNA testing – have also been locked in the purgatory of uncertainty. Will this debacle of a case ever result in justice for any of them?"

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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:

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