21st World Congress for Medical Law
August 2-6 2015
Former circuit court judge the Honourable Donald Shelton, Director of the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Michigan has authored a chapter called “Forensic Science Evidence and Miscarriages of Justice” in Advances in Forensic Human Identification, Xanthé Mallett, Teri Blythe, & Rachel Berry (eds), CRC Press, 2014.
Reed Smith’s Eric Alexander takes a look at the verdict in Gurley v. Janssen Pharms., Inc., No. 239 EDA 2014, heard in the Pennsylvania Superior Court and concerned with a child born with a minor cleft lip. The child’s mother ran out of her FDA Category C prescription anti-epileptic drug before she became pregnant, but continued to take them without a prescription when they were supplied by her own mother, who was prescribed the same drug but for a different condition. Alexander expresses a number of concerns regarding the verdict.
Danny Sullivan, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Monash University looks at the basis for false confessions and how the criminal justice system could better deal with this issue. His commentary looks specifically at the confession of Pedro Hernandez, a man of ‘limited intellect’ and with a history of mental illness, to the murder of Etan Patz in 1979.