Friday, November 30, 2012

Pamela Jacobazzi: (Part Three); Shaken-Baby Syndrome; US's resistance to reform. The risk of seeking justice. Plain Error. Innocence Project of Florida.

STORY:   "Shaken-Baby Syndrome: US's resistance to reform. Slower to reform as usual,"  published in "Plain Error," the official blog of the Innocence Project of Florida, on November 27, 2012.

GIST: "Illinois woman Pamela Jacobazzi is a former Bartlett day care provider who in 1999 was convicted of shaking 2-year-old Matthew Czapski. The Downstate Illinois Innocence Project  has asked the State to grant her clemency. She was convicted because she was Matthew’s caretaker when the child’s triad of head injuries appeared. However, Matthew’s full medical details were never brought into the trial. Matthew had preexisting conditions of persistent fevers and characteristics of sickle-cell anemia which could have explained the presence of the triad of symptoms. Some doctors say the triad can arise from sickle-cell anemia. The prosecutors in this case say they will contradict Jacobazzi’s defense with their own expert witnesses. But this pursuit of justice comes with a risk. If Jacobazzi is found guilty in a retrial, she could be sentenced again and stay in prison even longer. Such a factor deters those found guilty to pursue their own justice. They may find it more worthwhile to just wait out their current sentences."

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