Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Flawed Convictions"Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Deborah Tuerkheimer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913633.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 16 January 2021



(p.xi) Introduction
Flawed Convictions

Deborah Tuerkheimer

Oxford University Press

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a prosecution paradigm that allows doctors to provide the testimony necessary to convict a caregiver or parent of abusing an infant, often to death. Audrey Edmunds, a Wisconsin day care provider, was convicted in 1996 based on this standard SBS paradigm. Over a decade later, Edmunds was freed, because the science that convicted her no longer proved guilt beyond a reasonable doubt—this was the conclusion of the appellate court that heard how the diagnosis had evolved. Even so, convictions resting on these same paradigmatic facts remain largely undisturbed, and new prosecutions based on old understandings continue to this day. The Introduction outlines the book’s scope, previews its central themes, and begins to sketch its implications for criminal justice.

Keywords:   Audrey Edmunds, scientific evolution, prosecution paradigm, criminal justice, proof beyond a reasonable doubt

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .