Friday, July 20, 2012

PC Simon Harwood: Aftermath of verdict: (2): Guardian editorial points finger for failed case at role played by discredited pathologist Patel.

EDITORIAL: "Ian Tomlinson case: tried - and failed; Having been clouded from the beginning, the Tomlinson case ends up in a legal lacuna with scant chance of escape," published by the Guardian on July 20, 2012;

GIST: "The most formidable obstacle, however, was the competing evidence of the pathologist, Freddy Patel, whose initial investigation blamed heart disease for Mr Tomlinson's demise, and the two scientists who later fingered post-traumatic blood loss. Black marks against Dr Patel later emerged, and the inquest established he was wrong. But the director of public prosecutions initially shrank from taking the case on the basis that, with disagreeing experts, reasonable doubt was bound to linger in lay minds."

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