Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shaken Baby Syndrome: "On SBS" blog uses the National Registry of Exonerations to document the numerous conditions that have been misdiagnosed as abusive head trauma. (Must, Must Read. HL);

STORY: "My visit to the Ivory Tower," by Sue Luttner, posted on her informative blog "On SBS" on Juy 3, 2014.

GIST: "Now I realize I could have saved us all a lot of trouble if I had just gone first to The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint effort of the innocence projects at the Michigan and Northwestern University law schools, a reputable source that offers a sobering list of overturned shaking convictions, with case histories. The registry documents a number of conditions that have been misdiagnosed as abusive head trauma:
Some cases were overturned because they rested on timing:
The registry now contains 1,388 exonerations, a number that’s likely to change soon, as the last entry seems to have been added yesterday, July 2, which I know because their case browser offers a handy sorting tool that also helped me find the cases above."...What this database doesn’t include are the dropped charges, as in the cases of Tammy Fourman and Kristian Aspelin; the not guilty verdicts, as in the cases of Richard Britts and Russell Van Vleck; or the many innocent people who either remain in prison or have served their terms. Still, it’s a valuable resource and a solid record of shaken baby syndrome in the courtroom, a record that’s respected in academia."

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