The good news is that the journal Forensic Science International: Synergy has published my letter to the editor in response to the article by Cyrille Rossant and Chris Brook describing the experiences of French parents during police interrogations, as summarized in my previous post.
The bad news is that submitting the letter took longer than writing it, because the process for submitting a few paragraphs was the same as for submitting an entire article. It’s hard to imagine that many affected families made the time to work through it all—although I’ve updated my original post with a few more details about the process.
If you have written a letter about your interrogation experiences, though, or if you still intend to write one, you can simply email it to the journal’s editor, Dr. Max Houck, at https://www.journals.elsevier.com/forensic-science-international-synergy/editorial-board/dr-max-houck#email-dr-max-houck. I don’t think an emailed letter will be considered for publication, but I’m sure the journal will note your interest.
If you’re having trouble finding your voice, maybe reading my letter will spark an idea. If you want some advice about the submission process, submit a comment to this posting.
The initial article by Rossant & Brook, published this winter, was an analysis of the “environment and conditions” of police interrogations in AHT cases, from a survey of 97 French families accused between 2004 and 2021. Again, see my previous post for details.
Thank you for your efforts, and best wishes with your cases.
- “Why admitted cases of AHT make a low quality reference standard: A survey of people accused of AHT in France,” Cyrille Rossant and Chris Brook, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X22000973
- “Confessions in AHT cases are unreliable: A letter to the editor,” Susan Luttner, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2589871X23000086
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2 responses to “Parent Interrogation Tactics, an Update”
Thank you Sue for your continued efforts of the wrongflully accused in Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. Many of us are still holding onto hope for freedom of our loved ones. Kathy Vaughan Ellwood
Thank you, Kathy, for your own unflagging support—for me and for your friend Marsha Mills, wrongfully convicted and still in prison.