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 end of December. As we have indicated in the past, this will be a long battle, and the Burns family is nowhere near being out of the fight.
In very positive news, last month Sweden took a major stand against the traditional diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome. The Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services, an independent national government agency of scientists, just concluded a two-year study noting limited evidence that the triad (bleeding on the brain and eyes, and brain swelling) proves that violent shaking took place. They list many other conditions and diseases that can cause these same symptoms. When this report is available in English, we will post a link to it here on TornFamily.com.
Continued support for Josh and Brenda Burns is appreciated, as well as the many other families that are suffering from false child abuse allegations and convictions.