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 didnt 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 Matthews 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.