The Syndrome

Film Screening
July 14, 2016
6:30PM to 8:30PM
Hayek Auditorium
Introduction by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

During child abuse trials, jurors naturally defer to the testimony of medical experts who are called to explain an infant’s injuries. But if that medical testimony is based on questionable science, innocent people will be vulnerable to overzealous prosecutors. A new documentary, The Syndrome, follows the efforts of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who challenge the validity of “shaken baby syndrome,” a child abuse theory used in hundreds of prosecutions each year. Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith and investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith examine the debate over this theory and focus on the men and women who are dedicating their lives to defending people who are unfairly prosecuted and freeing those who have already been wrongly convicted. Join us for a screening of this controversial film.

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