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Flawed Convictions"Shaken Baby Syndrome" and the Inertia of Injustice$
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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

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Trials

Trials

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(p.45) 4 Trials
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Flawed Convictions
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Deborah Tuerkheimer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913633.003.0004

As a medical diagnosis of crime, SBS falls squarely within the domain of forensic medicine, a branch of forensic science. This helps to explain not only the appeal of SBS (regardless of the “CSI effect”), but also its pitfalls. This chapter discusses a number of dynamics relevant to how jurors decide SBS cases. Using trial transcripts in the cases of Beverly Moore and Alma Calderaro, the chapter provides a close examination of how guilty verdicts result in triad-based prosecutions.

Keywords:   forensic science, forensic medicine, CSI effect, Beverly Moore, Alma Calderaro

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