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Abusive Head Trauma

 

Abusive head trauma, or "shaken baby" as it's formerly known, are very difficult cases for the criminal defense practitioner.  These cases are fraught with emotion and far too often defense practitioners have not been familiar with how to challenge the prosecutors science and conclusions of the local medical examiner and hospital pediatric specialists.  There is an increasing body of research going on and experts who can testify for the defense to show a jury that your client may not be responsible for the child's death.  Any defense lawyer handling these cases must familiarize themselves with the science and experts that are needed to adequately represent their clients.   Additionally, police will intensively interrogate suspects in these cases and counsel must also be familiar with how to defend against a false confession.

For an article on defending ABT cases click here