A Point of View


Irish barrister, a visiting scholar at the Medill Innocence Project, examines shaken-baby syndrome in the United States and United Kingdom, finding deficiencies in the U.S. criminal-justice system


Recommends U.K.-style reform to avert potentially wrongful convictions


Read Enright’s paper.

Alison Enright joined the Medill Innocence Project as a visiting scholar this summer from Ireland where she has worked as a barrister since 2006. Enright practices civil and criminal law. She earned a barrister-at-law degree, a professional qualification from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, a law school in Dublin. Her interest in the Medill Innocence Project stems from her human rights studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she earned a master of laws in international human rights law in 2010. Enright holds a bachelor of civil law and French degree from University College Cork.

Barry Scheck, co-founder and co-director of the Innocence Project, was on the team of lawyers in the seminal Louise Woodward case. A 19-year-old British nanny, Woodward was accused of violently shaking an 8-month-old and causing fatal-head trauma.

(Alison Flowers/Medill)

(Uli Holz/Innocence Project)

One Response to A Point of View

  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you for sharing the story & PDF.

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