The Sherlock Effect

I am reviewing a manuscript written by Thomas W. Young, M.D. He is a board certified forensic pathologist and this manuscript is riveting. It exposes much about the scientific heresy that is used against parents and others in our legal system; and in legal systems around the world. Dr. Young comments:

There are many things I love about what I do. I love good science and I have great confidence in it. I love death investigation, something that coroners and medical examiners are trained to do. Those loves have never changed for me. But there is one thing I do not love and actually hate: I hate the way many forensic doctors and scientists daily destroy the lives of innocent people.

This fascinating analytical and yet understandable treatise on the uses and misuses of forensic science is entitled The Sherlock Effect, How Forensic Doctors Disastrously Reason like the Great Detective. It is a must read for lawyers hoping to defend parents and for parents hoping to understand the devastating impact of junk science in the courtroom. Unfortunately, this book is not in print yet. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait. I promise you that when the hard copy is out, it will be in my library. If you would like it in PDF format, email me at Michael@cronkrightlaw.com, ask for it and it is yours (unless and until Dr. Young tells me to stop sending it out.)

In this book, you will learn about the fascinating role that deduction has played in the development of forensic science in the United Kingdom, the United States and throughout the world. You will examine the development of false confession testimony, Shaken Baby Syndrome and infant fracture testimony and much more. This book should be required reading for any lawyer who plans on going mono e mono against a prosecution expert witness.

As Dr. Young wrote:

What, you might wonder, about the rigorous cross-examination in court that doctors go through? Contrary to what we see on television, most defense attorneys who cross examine experienced prosecution medical witnesses are easily fooled and intimidated by them – just as the judges and juries are.

Parents facing a skilled forensic doctor in their case cannot afford to face that challenge without an attorney up to the task of defending them even if the case is overwhelming. Dr. Young’s book will not solve all of the litigation problems that parents and their attorneys face, but it is an excellent start.

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