Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bulletin: Brenda Waudby: (Charles Smith case); Coerced plea alleged. Lawyers granted access to exhibits and affidavits. Peterborough Examiner.

PUBLISHER'S VIEW: It is clear from the evidence called at the Goudge inquiry that Brenda Waudby - an utterly innocent individual who's baby daughter had been murdered by her babysitter - had been required to plead guilty to a charge of child abuse under provincial legislation before the Crown would withdraw the the second-degree murder charge on the basis of medical opinions which showed she could not possibly have committed the crime. It is also clear that Dr. Charles Smith's opinion that there were injuries which preceded the attack on Baby Jenna - which led to her being wrongfully charged with murder - was also the basis for the provincial charge, along with what the police claimed to be a confession. Instead of receiving the sympathy and compassion she deserved as a grieving mother whose baby daughter had been murdered, Ms. Waudby, a grieving mother, was herself charged with the horrific crime and not surprisingly became a pariah in her community. Brenda Waudby has been given a raw deal by Ontario's criminal justice system. We can only hope that the Court will hurry up and finally and unequivocally clear her name;
STORY: "Waudby court battle continues" by reporter Sarah Deeth published earlier today in the Peterborough Examiner.
GIST: "Fuerst issued an order allowing council to listen to tapes of the babysitter’s court proceedings. The babysitter was charged as a youth, so all court proceedings are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Fuerst also issued an order allowing both lawyers to access transcripts of the Deb. 16, 2006 court proceedings."

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: The Toronto Star, my previous employer for more than twenty incredible years, has put considerable effort into exposing the harm caused by Dr. Charles Smith and his protectors - and into pushing for reform of Ontario's forensic pediatric pathology system. The Star has a "topic" section which focuses on recent stories related to Dr. Charles Smith. It can be found at:

Information on "The Charles Smith Blog Award"- and its nomination process - can be found at:

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;;