Journals Higher Education



Published: 02 April 2015

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780190233617

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Flawed Convictions

"Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice

Deborah Tuerkheimer

  • This book provides the first account of "Shaken Baby Syndrome," raising the prospect that our criminal justice system cannot adequately vet science or protect innocence. In addition to the U.S., this book would also have special interest in the U.K., Canada, and Australia where high profile "Shaken Baby Syndrome" cases have emerged in the news in these countries.
  • The first book to survey the scientific, cultural, and legal history of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" from inception to formal dissolution
  • Exposes extraordinary failings in the criminal justice system's treatment of "Shaken Baby Syndrome" cases
  • Presents a new perspective on the need for the law to better respond to the scientific contingency
  • Provides an examination of "Shaken Baby Syndrome," its evolution in science and law, and explores the overlap of forensic medicine and criminal law to explain "science-dependent prosecution"
  • Proposes a path forward for criminal justice, while suggesting a restructuring of the law in order to deal with the uncertainty of scientific knowledge

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