An Innocence Project Calls for Cases

Journalism students at the Medill Justice Project in Illinois have taken on shaken baby syndrome. This summer, interns and staff members are building a database of all the infant-head-injury cases they can find, through all the channels they can think of.

The team sent out the statement below, asking for input from affected individuals. Do check out the exoneration registry they provide as an example of what they have in mind—those researchers sound eager for input, as well.

-Sue Luttner

From Medill:

“The Medill Justice Project at Northwestern University is working to create a database of U.S. shaken-baby syndrome/ abusive head trauma court cases. We are a journalism organization that examines criminal-justice issues objectively. Our goal is public service: By creating this database, we aim to analyze trends and publish stories that may illuminate this criminal justice issue. As an example, the University of Michigan and Northwestern University law schools created the National Exoneration Registry, which has raised awareness about wrongful convictions: http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/about.aspx

Alison Flowers,
courtesy Medill Innocence Project

“The database will include cases in which the defendant is accused of shaking an infant, producing injuries or symptoms associated with, but not limited to, shaken-baby syndrome, abusive head trauma, traumatic brain injury, pediatric traumatic brain injury, and/or shaken-infant syndrome.

“Due to the complex scientific, medical and legal issues surrounding such cases, as well as the statistical task of analyzing the data, we will consult national leaders in these fields as needed.

“If you have information that you are willing to share with us, please contact Alison Flowers at alison.flowers@northwestern.edu or call (847) 467-4945.”

<Fall 2013 Update:  The email address in this press release seems to be obsolete.  The Medill Justice Project web site offers this Contact page: http://www.medilljusticeproject.org/contact/.>

6 Comments

Filed under abusive head trauma, AHT, SBS, shaken baby syndrome

6 responses to “An Innocence Project Calls for Cases

  1. Kathleen

    I was in contact with them today 🙂

  2. in contact and scanning my butt off to get them the info. I think a database for this type of info is awesome

    • I agree. I didn’t want to be pushy about getting people to participate, but these numbers are both elusive and important. I suspect that the people who push the classic theory have no idea how many people they are affecting, and how bizarrely these cases can go. Back to my files . . .

    • What is the current (fall 2013) status of your contact with the Medill Innocence Project (SBS)? Have they responded to your
      information on Tiffani’s behalf?

  3. Kathleen

    no idea at all….. I didn’t until it happened to me……now everyone I meet knows !

  4. Tom Vaughan

    Marsha Mills was railroaded by Dr.Dayrl Steiner of Akron Children’s Hospital. They gave Noah Shoup the wrong blood and hid it from the court

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