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Dr. Waney Squier

Innocence Network Champion of Justice Award Winner

Dr. Waney Squier is a consultant neuropathologist to the Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospitals and honorary clinical lecturer at Oxford University (U.K.). She is a member of the British Neuropathological Society and the British Paediatric Neurology Association, and she is an elected fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists. During her 31 years at Oxford, she has specialized in the pathology of the developing brain in the fetus, neonate, and child. Dr. Squier was among the first in the world to recognize the criminal justice implications of scientific research that cast doubt on the medical hypothesis known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). She has been relentless and courageous in seeking to prevent this frequently accepted but unproven hypothesis from sustaining or producing wrongful convictions. Her influence has been felt around the world, as she has written reports and/or testified in more than 160 cases in Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Through scores of peer-reviewed articles, invited lectures, and television appearances, Dr. Squier has sought to inform prosecutors, defence lawyers, coroners, forensic pathologists, and the public at large that the SBS hypothesis has caused, and will continue to cause, miscarriages of justice when accepted uncritically. She has had a particularly strong voice that has encouraged innocence organizations throughout the Network to devote more and more resources to examining the integrity of convictions that were premised on the SBS hypothesis. This scrutiny has contributed to at least 19 exonerations in the United States, with more abroad and many more cases in the pipeline. Dr. Squier has been personally involved in a number of these cases. Because of her efforts, many wrongful convictions around the world have been – and will continue to be – averted.