Magazine article The Spectator

Not a Defence

Magazine article The Spectator

Not a Defence

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Sir: Theodore Dalrymple's good sense seems to have deserted him in glossing over the seriousness of the charges against Professors Meadow and Southall ('In defence of David Southall', 6 September). He mischievously suggests that the sole complaint against Professor Meadow is that he deployed a misleading statistic in the trial that led to Sally Clark's conviction and life sentence for murdering her two sons. But his authority and reputation as an expert in such cases was based on a theory that was built on a circular argument.

Dr Dalrymple's similarly benign view of Professor Southall is at odds with the verdict of the General Medical Council ('your conduct is so serious it is fundamentally incompatible with your continuing to be a registered medical practitioner') after hearing, inter alia, of his wrongfully accusing a mother of murdering her son by asphyxiating him with his belt. …

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