Spotlight on Shaken-Baby Syndrome

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The Medill Justice Project examines a largely opaque criminal-justice issue.



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Federal Innocence Hearing Reopened After Medill Justice Project Uncovers New Evidence

Federal Innocence Hearing Reopened After Medill Justice Project Uncovers New Evidence


Rare decision in Chicago-area day care worker’s shaken-baby syndrome murder case


By Alison Flowers
The Medill Justice Project
Published: April 24, 2013

Jennifer Del Prete was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005. (Department of Corrections)

In a rare move, a federal judge in Chicago is reopening a hearing to examine an imprisoned day care worker’s claim that she is innocent of murder, in light of new evidence recently uncovered by The Medill Justice Project.


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Chicago-Area Day Care Owner Seeks Clemency from Governor

Chicago-Area Day Care Owner Seeks Clemency from Governor


Prisoner’s attorney cites Medill Justice Project revelatory findings



By Alison Flowers
The Medill Justice Project
Published: April 25, 2013

Pamela Jacobazzi was sentenced to 32 years in prison in 1999. (Department of Corrections)

A Chicago-area day care owner who says she is wrongfully imprisoned for an infant’s death has filed a clemency petition with the governor, citing medical experts and revelatory findings from a recent Medill Justice Project investigation that raises questions about her conviction.

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Illinois Attorney General Takes No Position on Del Prete’s Release from Prison

Prosecutors argue that imprisoned day care worker must await state proceedings before federal court weighs in By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 27, 2014

 

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office today argued that prisoner Jennifer Del Prete must await the outcome of state legal proceedings before pursuing her federal petition. But in …

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Medill Justice Project to Appeal Denial of Access to Medical Records

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 27, 2014

 

Attorneys representing The Medill Justice Project have filed notice to appeal a Wisconsin judge’s ruling denying access to medical records connected to the project’s investigation of a shaken-baby syndrome murder case.

Since January, Northwestern University’s Medill Justice Project, in partnership with the …

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Judge Denies Access to Infant’s Medical Records

Documents ruled confidential in shaken-baby syndrome case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: March 11, 2014

 

MADISON, Wis.—A Dane County circuit court judge denied Monday The Medill Justice Project’s request to access a deceased infant’s medical records in a Madison-area shaken-baby syndrome case, ruling the documents are confidential.

Since January, The Medill …

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Prosecutors Request Time to Respond to Del Prete’s Claim that Evidence was Withheld

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Feb. 20, 2014

 

An Illinois Assistant Attorney General appeared in federal court in Chicago today requesting time to respond to Jennifer Del Prete’s claim that prosecutors withheld key evidence that points to her innocence.

Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Assistant Attorney General Garson Fisher, who represents …

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Attorneys for Day Care Worker File Claim in Federal Court that Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

Key evidence in the claim involves a police letter that was discovered by a Medill Justice Project investigation of Del Prete’s case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Feb. 19, 2014

 

Attorneys representing Jennifer Del Prete, a day care worker convicted of murder, filed a Brady claim in federal court late …

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Defense Attorneys for Day Care Worker Plan to File Claim in Federal Court that Prosecutors Withheld Evidence

Attorneys will also request Del Prete be released from prison while awaiting court’s decision in shaken-baby syndrome case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Feb. 5, 2014

 

Attorneys representing Jennifer Del Prete, a day care worker convicted of murder, appeared in federal court in Chicago today informing the judge they will file …

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Attorneys for Day Care Worker Ask for More Time in Federal Court

Del Prete hearing set next week in shaken-baby syndrome case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Jan. 29, 2014

 

Attorneys representing Jennifer Del Prete, a day care worker convicted of murder, appeared in federal court today in Chicago seeking more time to decide what action they will take in the wake of …

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Federal Judge Rules No Reasonable Jury Would Find Day Care Worker Guilty

Del Prete awaits Chicago hearing in her shaken-baby syndrome case By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Jan. 27, 2014

 

A federal judge ruled today “no reasonable jury” would find Jennifer Del Prete, a Chicago-area day care worker, guilty of murder, citing new evidence and medical science that cast doubt on whether she …

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Monkey Business

Some researchers of landmark shaken-baby syndrome studies question the diagnosis

Shrouded in today’s debate are the complicated origins of a national criminal-justice issue

By Anna Bisaro The Medill Justice Project Published: Dec. 12, 2013

 

In the 1960s, neurosurgeon Dr. Ayub Ommaya anesthetized rhesus monkeys, secured them in a contoured chair and then accelerated them …

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Hot Spots

Pinpointing Shaken-Baby Syndrome Cases

A new Medill Justice Project study identifies where higher rates of shaken-baby syndrome cases are occurring in the United States

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Dec. 10, 2013

 

Sarpy, Neb. Richmond, Ga. Weber, Utah. Douglas, Neb. Summit, Ohio.

These unheralded counties throughout the nation share an unlikely …

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A Child Care Law That Never Developed

An Illinois act intended to educate parents on how to handle an infant’s cries led to silence of a different kind: a law that was never implemented By Sarah Husain and McKenzie Maxson The Medill Justice Project Published: Oct. 31, 2013

 

A seven-year-old law has never been followed, and that is perfectly legal.

In …

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Day Care Owner Makes Her Case for Governor’s Clemency

Supporters note recent medical studies, Medill Justice Project findings

By Lauryn Schroeder The Medill Justice Project Published: Oct. 10, 2013

A Chicago-area day care owner imprisoned for more than 14 years for a murder she says she didn’t commit pleaded through her advocates for clemency in a hearing Thursday but it could take months—perhaps years—before …

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The Gender Gap

Study Shows Men Far More Likely Than Women to Be Accused of Violently Shaking Infants

Results mark first finding from The Medill Justice Project’s long-term U.S. database research on shaken-baby syndrome cases

By Megan Thielking The Medill Justice Project Published: Aug. 27, 2013

 

Men are nearly three times more likely than women to be …

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Illinois Attorney General Orders Release of Records from ’94 Case

Bartlett Police Department must disclose records after state attorney general’s office upholds Medill Justice Project’s Freedom of Information Act appeal

By Amanda Westrich The Medill Justice Project Published: July 31, 2013

The Illinois Attorney General ordered the Bartlett Police Department to hand over records to The Medill Justice Project in a nearly 20-year-old case …

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Del Prete Murder Conviction Questioned in Federal Hearing

Forensic pathologist who conducted autopsy highlights several issues about the circumstances of infant’s death

 

By Sarah Husain and Megan Thielking The Medill Justice Project Published: June 21, 2013

 

In a federal court hearing today, the testimony of a key police investigator and doctor raised questions about the murder conviction of a Chicago-area day care …

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Shaken-Baby Syndrome: Perspectives on a Controversial Diagnosis

Please view the short documentary here.

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Judge Lifts Ban on Releasing Records from ’94 Case Sought by Medill Justice Project

Illinois Attorney General reaching out to Bartlett Police Department in Freedom of Information Act Appeal By Alison Flowers The Medill Justice Project Published: June 6, 2013

A DuPage circuit court judge rejected prosecutors’ attempt to bar the release of records sought by The Medill Justice Project in a nearly 20-year-old case in which a day …

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Decade-old Police Detective’s Letter Discovered by Medill Justice Project Leads to Attorney’s Motion for New Appeal

Defense attorney in shaken-baby syndrome case says prosecutors or police failed to turn over crucial information to prisoner

 

By Alison Flowers The Medill Justice Project Published: May 28, 2013

A 10-year-old letter from a police detective unearthed by The Medill Justice Project has prompted the lawyer for a Chicago-area day care worker to file …

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Key Medical Evidence Turned Over in Shaken-Baby Syndrome Case

Medill Justice Project sought records for a year

 

 

By Alison Flowers The Medill Justice Project Published: April 30, 2013

The Medill Justice Project has obtained thousands of pages of medical records, including copies of CT scans and MRIs of an infant’s head, which the attorney for a Chicago-area day care worker says undermines …

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Chicago-Area Day Care Owner Seeks Clemency from Governor

Prisoner’s attorney cites Medill Justice Project revelatory findings By Alison Flowers The Medill Justice Project Published: April 25, 2013

 

A Chicago-area day care owner who says she is wrongfully imprisoned for an infant’s death has filed a clemency petition with the governor, citing medical experts and revelatory findings from a recent Medill Justice Project …

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Federal Innocence Hearing Reopened After Medill Justice Project Uncovers New Evidence

Rare decision in Chicago-area day care worker’s shaken-baby syndrome murder case

 

By Alison Flowers The Medill Justice Project Published: April 24, 2013

 

In a rare move, a federal judge in Chicago is reopening a hearing to examine an imprisoned day care worker’s claim that she is innocent of murder, in light of new …

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