Friday, May 01, 2009

Victims of forensic pathologist Charles SMITH's

The Supreme Court yesterday announced that Tammy MARQUARDT's case will be reopened. She is the 13th and last wrongful victim of disgraced pathologist Dr. Charles SMITH.  The 37-yr old women has been in prison for 14 years for allegedly murdering her 2yr old son - which she always denied and refused to accept any plea-bargain offered by the crown at the time of her trial.

Dr. Smith, who was once considered the top in his field, told Marquardt's 1995 trial that two-year-old Kenneth Wynne died from asphyxia after being smothered or strangled.  Six experts have since discredited Mr. Smith's findings.  An inquiry was called into Ontario's pediatric forensic pathology system after a provincial review concluded Mr. Smith made serious errors in 20 of 45 criminally suspicious deaths he investigated from 1991 to 2001. The review called into question criminal convictions in 13 of the cases.

As her lawyer, James LOCKYER - founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted -  stated afterwards, "She didn't kill her son, it's pretty simple."

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