Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Charles Smith Blog Award: To reporter Mark White (New Zealand) for his outstanding investigative reporting on the Mark Lundy case (North & South magazine);


PUBLISHER'S NOTE (A):  I am pleased to present the Charles Smith Award to Journalist Mike White, for his investigation of the Mark Lundy case - and his exposure to the public of  the many factors which made clear that Lundy could not have commited the terrible crimes. Wikipedia informs us that:  "In 2009, North and South magazine published the results of an investigation into the case by Mike White titled  "The Lundy murders: What the jury didn't hear." Lundy would have had only three hours to make the return journey from Petone to Palmerston North, a round trip of approximately 290 km (180 mi), kill his wife and daughter, change his clothes and dispose of evidence; White contends that was not possible in such a short time frame.  In order to make it back to Petone by 8.28 pm, Lundy would have had to drive to Palmerston North in rush hour traffic at an average speed of around 117 km/h (the maximum open road speed limit in New Zealand is  100 km/h), commit the crimes, and make the return journey back to Petone at an average speed of 120 km/h. Reporter White has continued to keep the case in the public eye and has played a hugely  important role in helping to rectify a terrible miscarriage of justice  - and to help  secure Mark Lundy's freedom. Bravo to him and to North  and South, the monthly magazine that has pursued the Lundy case with vigour. (It's interesting to note that of the 11  Charles Smith Blog Awards that I have presented to date, 5  recipients have been Australians, and 1 (Mike White) is a New Zealander. The remainder come from the U.S.A. HL);

Harold Levy; Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;


Origin of the Charles Smith Blog Award: I launched the award in 2009 as a forum in which I could honour these individuals who help  expose and remedy miscarriages of justice caused anywhere in the world by flawed pathology, flawed pathologists, junk science, pseudo-experts or a combination of any of the above.

UNUSUAL NATURE: This award is entirely virtual. There is no no ceremony; There is no prize; There is no certificate. It is a pure and unadulterated honour bestowed by myself as publisher in recognition of contributions  by others to this important facet of criminal justice.


0: Kevin Morgan (AUSTRALIA): author of "Gun Alley: Murder, Lies and Failure of Justice, who single-handedly fought for and obtained the forensic materials which led to Colin Ross's pardon almost ninety years after he was executed.

0: Michael Hall (U.S.A.): For his excellent work in Texas Monthly exposing the miscarriages of justice that have occurred as a result of scent-lineups and the "experts" who conduct them, and

0: Sun-Sentinel reporter Paula McMahon (U.S.A.) for her ground-breaking reporting over a nine year period which led to the freeing and exoneration of Anthony Caravella.

O: Journalist Stewart Cockburn (AUSTRALIA) for his ground-breaking work in "The Advertiser" which exposed the miscarriage of justice suffered by Ted Splatt and triggered the Royal Commission which led to Splatt's exoneration.

0: Australian scientist Tom Mann (AUSTRALIA) for his sterling efforts to publicize the injustice perpetrated on Ted Splatt in the courts including the publication of "Flawed Forensics: The Ted Splatt case and Stewart Cockburn," a monumental book which demonstrates the tragic consequences which can unfold when science gets twisted out of proportion in the courts and those entrusted with the task of protecting our criminal justice system abdicate their responsibilities.

0: New Yorker staff writer David Grann (U.S.A.)for his awesome exposee of the faulty arson "science" that resulted in the wrongful conviction and execution in Texas of Cameron Todd Willingham. (Photo: David Grann);

0: Pamela Colloff (U.S.A) for her Texas Monthly stories which resulted in the freeing of Anthony Graves within 30 days of the appearance of her first story. Anthony Graves was convicted and sentenced to die in 1994 for six horrific murders in the Central Texas town of Somerville.

0: Spencer Hsu (U.S.A) for his  revelations in the Washington Post  that for years, the U.S. Department of Justice has known that flawed forensic work by FBI experts may have led to the convictions of innocent people, but prosecutors rarely told defendants or their attorneys. Hsu discovered that Justice Department officials began reviewing cases after defense attorneys pointed out problems with evidence coming out of FBI labs. But the review was limited. "As a result," Hsu wrote, "hundreds of defendants nationwide remain in prison or on parole for crimes that might merit exoneration, a retrial or a retesting of evidence using DNA because FBI hair and fiber experts may have misidentified them as suspects." 

O: Robert Moles and Bibi Sangha. (AUSTRALIA).

PUBLISHER'S NOTE:  (A): The intensive efforts of Robert Moles and Bibi Sangha to  persuade South Australia to establish a new statutory right of appeal have rightfully been recognized by  Flinders University. Much of their tireless campaign has been inspired by  the need to  rectify disturbing miscarriages of justice - sometimes decades old - which have been caused by flawed forensic evidence. I am delighted to announce that  I have chosen Bob Moles and Bibi Sangh
a as recipients of the Charles Smith Blog award for excellence in exposing  and remedying miscarriages of justice caused anywhere in the world by flawed pathology, flawed pathologists, junk science, pseudo-experts or a combination of any of the above. (See information on the Charles Smith Blog award in Publisher's Note "B"  below):


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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.