New-Trial Motion Filed for Nancy Smith

[Note: Friends of Justice is a personal blog. I speak only for myself.]

The NCRJ has sponsored this case since February of 2004. We firmly believe that Nancy Smith and Joseph Allen are both innocent.

The court filings also contain an extensive affidavit from Maggie Bruck, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at John Hopkins Medical Institutions, who reviewed the taped interviews of the children Smith and Allen were accused of abusing and other evidence in the case. Jurors who convicted Smith and Allen in the 1990s never saw those tapes.

Bruck wrote that the interview techniques used by investigators such as the use of dolls, repetitive questions and investigators rejecting what they believed to be the incorrect answers to questions, irreparably contaminated the memories and testimony of the 4- and 5-year-old children Smith and Allen were accused of molesting.