Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lindy Chamberlain: Inquest aftermath: Marlborough-Express (N.Z.) There's a lesson to learn from the flawed police probe and disgraceful forensics;

STORY: "Editorial: Setting the record straight," published by the Marlborough-Express on June 15 , 2012.

GIST: "The initial coronial findings, on strong evidence, blamed a dingo attack and criticised the police investigation. A later conviction was based on subsequently discredited, disgraceful forensic examination, including the false representation that blood was found in the Chamberlains' car. It was red. It turned out that the red substance was not blood but copper oxide, prevalent around the family home in Mt Isa. Then, of course, came the Outback discovery of the blood-stained matinee jacket, and a series of undeniable dingo attacks on children, including the fatal mauling of a 9-year-old in 2001.........That Lindy was jailed for the murder of her baby was not simply a story about a horribly flawed police investigation. The case has broader cautions about our willingness to judge instinctively on feelings – and without recognising the shabby foundations of those feelings."

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