Monday, June 28, 2021

False Confessions; (Part Two): Roman Zadorov: Israel: Bulletin: Granted a retrial in May, Roman Zadorov had been sentenced to life in prison for murdering a 13-year-old girl despite his repeated assertions he had been wrongly convicted. (The Ukrainian-Israeli handyman has spent more than a decade in prison for the brutal 2006 murder of Tair Rada.) The retrial has been delayed until July 26, The Jerusalem Post reports.

BACKGROUND: (Charles Smith Blog): "Rada was found dead in a bathroom stall in her Katzrin school in the Golan Heights, with slashes to her neck, stab wounds across her body and severe blows to her head. Shortly after the murder, Zadorov, who was employed at the school at the time as a maintenance worker, was arrested and charged with the killing. Two weeks after his arrest, police announced Zadorov had confessed to Rada’s murder and reenacted the attack for investigators. But a day later, Zadorov’s defense attorney announced that his client had recanted, claiming his confession and reenactment were coerced and included incorrect information. In 2010, nearly four years after he was arrested, the Nazareth District Court sentenced him to life in prison."


STORY: "Roman Zadorov's trial delayed until July," by Jerusalem Post staff, published by The Jerusalem Post on June 28, 2021.

GIST: "Roman Zadorov, who was convicted of the murder of Tair Rada, will have his retrial delayed from June 28 and will now take place on July 26.  Zadorov was convicted in 2010 and again in 2014 for the murder of 14-year-old Tair Rada at the Nofei Golan Middle School in Katzrin. In May Supreme Court deputy chief justice Hanan Melcer announced that he has approved a request for a retrial for Zadorov." 

The entire story can be read at:

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: I am monitoring this case/issue. Keep your eye on the Charles Smith Blog for reports on developments. 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: Please send any comments or information on other cases and issues of interest to the readers of this blog to:  Harold Levy: Publisher: The Charles Smith Blog;


FINAL WORD:  (Applicable to all of our wrongful conviction cases):  "Whenever there is a wrongful conviction, it exposes errors in our criminal legal system, and we hope that this case — and lessons from it — can prevent future injustices."

Lawyer Radha Natarajan:

Executive Director: New England Innocence Project;


FINAL, FINAL WORD: "Since its inception, the Innocence Project has pushed the criminal legal system to confront and correct the laws and policies that cause and contribute to wrongful convictions.   They never shied away from the hard cases — the ones involving eyewitness identifications, confessions, and bite marks. Instead, in the course of presenting scientific evidence of innocence, they’ve exposed the unreliability of evidence that was, for centuries, deemed untouchable." So true!

Christina Swarns: Executive Director: The Innocence Project;