Massachusetts v Louise Woodward

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  1. Floh

    Floh Former Member

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    We can reveal the prosecution's star medical witness, whose damning testimony convinced jurors teenager Louise was a MURDERER, has now done a startling U-turn.


    After a decade's research, Dr Patrick Barnes has changed his mind — and believes the young au pair did NOT inflict fatal brain injuries on eight-month-old Matthew Eappen by violently shaking and slamming him down.

    The medic concludes that death could have been caused by an old injury, as argued by the defence.


    And in a scientific paper he admits: "The science we have today could, in fact, have exonerated Louise. There is certainly, in retrospect, reasonable doubt."


    http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/nanny.shtml


    There may be some who remember the The State of Massachusetts v Louise Woodward case from 10 or so years ago. i know Websleuths wasn't around during the time and a quick search here has revealed this to be so. for anyone interested, the case may finally be overturned because the prosecution's star medical witness, Dr Patrick Barnes, has decided the defence's assertion could have been true enough to create reasonable doubt after all. quite astonishing he should come forward after all this time.

    i'm sure there are posters who firmly believe in Woodward's guilt and equally sure there may be others who believe she was not guilty of murdering eight-month-old Matthew Eappen.

    if it is so, that she wasn't guilty, i hope the conviction is overturned as soon as possible and the shadow cast over her life is removed.

    Louise Woodward, Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward


    A piece by The Boston Globe, 11th Feb, discussing shaken baby syndrome (in a very informative way, i think) and confirming Dr Patrick Barnes has had a re-think.

    The Agonizing, Complicated, Lingering Questions of Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Barnes says he had been indoctrinated throughout his career to believe that “there were certain features that were absolutely classic, that they were child abuse and could be nothing else.” He didn’t question those teachings, he says, until soon after the Woodward trial when he learned more details of the case, such as that Matthew had a weeks-old wrist fracture. “None of this was ever revealed to me by the prosecution,” he says. “I began to have real concerns about how a case like that was being handled.” He also began to wonder if previous injuries or genetic vulnerability could have caused the fatal insult to Matthew’s brain.

    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ma..._lingering_questions_of_shaken_baby_syndrome/

    Louise Woodward received a law degree, class 2:2, in July 2002. she now pursues a career as a salsa dancing teacher, with her boyfriend.
     
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  3. mrsjonnob

    mrsjonnob New Member

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    I followed that case and I never believed Louise was guilty. Matthew's mother always set off my hinky-meter.
     
  4. Amraann

    Amraann Former Member

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    Thanks Floh...


    Very interesting article.
     
  5. Nova

    Nova Active Member

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    For the record, I believe WS was around at the time (of the trial, at least) and the case was discussed here. But there were a couple of crashes in the old days and the forum started over.
     
  6. englishleigh

    englishleigh Authentic Southern Belle

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    I never thought Louise did anything, either. It broke my heart when she sobbed when the second-degree murder conviction was read, sobbed so hard she collapsed. I was so glad when she was released with time served.
     
  7. Nova

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    I never knew what to think. When there is conflicting forensic testimony, I am usually left behind.
     
  8. Bobbisangel

    Bobbisangel New Member

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    Same here. Was glad I wasn't on the jury.
     
  9. southcitymom

    southcitymom New Member

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    Me too, englishleigh. I just wasn't persuaded by what I knew of the case (to include the forensic evidence which was not at all conclusive) that she was guilty. I was heartbroken for her. Still am.
     
  10. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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  11. flourish

    flourish Everything Now

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    As the mother of a child who was shaken by his bio father, and later died from the injuries, this case has always hit too close to home.

    My concern is more about those who say there's no such thing as shaken baby syndrome. I'm sure there's been misdiagnoses but my son's dad admitted to shaking him, and it doesn't take much imagination to realize the kind of injuries likely to occur when you violently shake a tiny infant. I just get defensive when people say the thing that clearly sent my baby to his grave doesn't actually exist.

    So I was extra uncomfortable with this case. But like many of you have said, I wouldn't have wanted to be on that jury, not that that jury would have wanted me on it, either lol.

    It's interesting that the medical professional is talking about it and having different thoughts after all these years. I'm curious to see what this progress into, if anything.

    All IMO, and I really don't want to nor intend to start a discussion on the existence of shaken baby syndrome, so I hesitate a bit to post...My soul just can't take it, my son's birthday is coming up.

    I wonder how Matthew's parents have held up.
     
  12. flourish

    flourish Everything Now

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    Oh duh, flourish, this is an old thread lol didn't realize...
     
  13. Herding Cats

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    No, don't "duh" yourself, Flourish. I am truly sorry you've experienced the heartache of your son's loss...many hugs for you.

    As a medical professional, I worry about shaken baby syndrome too. I've always had an issue, however, with calling everything that occurs SBS...babies are soo fragile, and things happen sometimes that to us, seem like no big deal; but for an infant's fragile body, well...it's a devastating injury.

    I have always been sad about the Woodward situation...little Matty is gone, and that's hard enough. but to have questions about how or why he passed? I'm with the rest of you who said that I'm glad I was not on the jury...

    As for her expecting a baby, I say "good for you...and may you have many treasured years, Louise, with your dear one."

    Best-
    Herding Cats
     
  14. noZme

    noZme Active Member

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    Hugs to you flourish.
     
  15. AnaTeresa

    AnaTeresa New Member

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    Don't DUH yourself, it's a thread that's pertinent to you. There's nothing wrong with that.

    As for Dr. Barnes, I did some research into him when I worked on a shaken baby case a few years ago. The news article makes it sound like he did an abrupt about-face, but his change in opinion had to do with further research into SBS. He's not a complete skeptic, he's just wary of the overdiagnosis. I think the problem comes from some hospitals not doing a thorough look into ruling out things like brittle bone disease or other genetic mutations that can look like SBS on its face.

    Even if there are wrongful prosecutions, SBS does exist and it breaks my heart. I'm so sorry to hear that you've dealt with it yourself.
     
  16. Trident

    Trident Well-Known Member

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    You are such a sweet, kind person. It warms my heart.
     
  17. eileenhawkeye

    eileenhawkeye Active Member

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    Yep, I'm pretty sure WS started in '97. However, I believe it was just a forum to discuss the JonBenet case then. So I am not sure when they started having forums for other cases or if they just had a thread for Louise's trial? Using the Wayback Machine, the earliest screenshot I could find was 2000, and there were forums to discuss about four cases.
     

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