When is it reasonable doubt?
The University of Newcastle’s Criminology & Criminal Justice Society will present an online panel discussion next month – “Kathleen Folbigg – When is it reasonable doubt?”
New medical evidence emerged in Kath’s case in 2019, which suggested her children may have died of natural causes as a result of genetic abnormalities. This research was published in 2020 and led 90 eminent Australian scientists and medical professionals to petition the NSW Attorney General to pardon her. At the time of writing, we are still awaiting the AG’s response. Whatever the AG finds, the outcome will rock the legal world in Australia.
The panel will bring together experts from both sides of the divide, legal – criminological, social – to discuss in a Q&A format the criminal justice system’s role in cases such as this, and to whom that system should be accountable.
Isabella Crebert, the host of the University Of Newcastle Crime Podcast, will host the event. The panel members will include:
Tracy Chapman: Tracy has been friends with Kath since childhood and is among those leading the fight for justice in her case. She speaks to Kath every day and visits her frequently.
Michael Nott: As a lawyer, Michael specialises in child protection and domestic violence, with a focus on medical and scientific evidence. He is renowned for defending alleged perpetrators of shaken baby cases, Munchausen Syndrome, factitious disorder, and cot deaths. In 2014, Nott composed an article about Kath’s infamous diary entries, where he provided his medical expertise on how the prosecution used the hypotheses of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy and ‘the rule of three’ in relation to cot deaths during Kath’s trial.
Dr Xanthé Mallett: Forensic Anthropologist, Criminology, three time author, true crime television presenter, and associate lecturer in Criminology at the University of Newcastle. Xanthé’s first book ‘Mothers Who Murder’ (2014) explored the lack of forensic evidence in Kath’s case. Xanthé not only campaigns for Kath’s innocence, but for the grave miscarriage of justice that she believes has occurred.
The free event will be held on September 9, 2021, from 6-7pm.