Taking your child to the Emergency Room? Bring your lawyer. Families are being torn apart by unfounded accusations of Shaken Baby Syndrome, a.k.a. Abusive Head Trauma. Join Torn Family in the fight to end these injustices.
Can Juries Make Mistakes? Joshua Burns was pronounced guilty of child abuse “beyond a reasonable doubt” by a jury of twelve people. How could a rational person claim he is innocent? Surely twelve jurors could not make such a big mistake. Surely Josh is guilty. Unless something went terribly wrong in the courtroom…
Many proponents of SBS theory base their claims on the evidence of confessions. While this may seem reasonable, (after all, who would confess to something as terrible as child abuse if they were innocent?) the reality of what these “confessions” often entail is unsettling. Jesus Flores was 19 when his son Mason went limp and […]
University of Michigan’s Journal of Law Reform has published a series of articles from the 2015 symposium, Child Abuse Evidence: New Perspectives from Law, Medicine, Psychology and Statistics. Featuring speakers such as Dr. Patrick Barnes, Dr. Peter Aspelin, Katherine Judson and more, it covers topics ranging from false confessions to medical imaging. Katherine Judson from […]
Great news for exonerated Julie Baumer, a victim of a false SBS accusation, as a Michigan act to compensate wrongly convicted individuals finally goes into effect. It is uplifting to see progress being made towards justice: http://tinyurl.com/TornFamily009
The Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment has released an English translation of their findings on the scientific veracity of using the “triad” of symptoms in diagnosing Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). This research concludes that the scientific evidence used to diagnose SBS is insufficient and of very low quality. Many have been imprisoned after using […]
On November 1, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Joshua Burns’ appeal – ruling that he did not receive ineffective assistance of counsel and the trial court did not err. The University of Michigan’s Innocence Clinic will continue this fight with an appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court. That appeal will be filed by […]
The Michigan Innocence Clinic has been awarded a grant of almost $250,000 by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Grant will be used for such things as hiring experts to review Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases. Read the full article here. SEEK JUSTICE
The parents of twins Jonathan and Jarayha Wolf are yet one more family that was torn apart when their son’s health difficulties resulted in death – and the triad. Read the full story at The Daily Beast.
Often it is difficult for a juror to get past the idea that an “expert” testifying in front of them may not be using proven forensic science. Doctors are trustworthy and scientist are…well… scientific right? A newly released report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology concluded that the forensic evidence techniques […]
Opportunity to Show Support: U of M Board of Regents Meeting What: The Board of Regents consists of elected officials who supervise and administer the massive budget for the University of Michigan, including their health system. Dr. Douglas Smith will address the Board of Regents regarding an editorial in which a U of M professor […]
WHEN – Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. WHERE – Michigan Court of Appeals, Hall of Justice, Second Floor, Lansing Courtroom, 925 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48909-7522 HOW YOU CAN HELP – Your attendance at this important court proceeding would be greatly appreciated in showing your support for the Burns family. WHAT – […]