The Goudge Commission into the activities of renegade Ontario pathologist Dr. Charles Smith published its much anticipated report today.
In late April 2007, the chief coroner of Ontario published a report that concluded Smith, a former leading Ontario child pathologist, had botched at least 20 autopsies involving the deaths of children.
That announcement cast doubt on 13 criminal convictions based on Smith’s testimony. Courts have since then reviewed a number of those wrongful convictions.
In the report, Mr. Justice Stephen Goudge:
- found that Dr. Smith “actively misled” his superiors, “lacked basic knowledge about forensic pathology” and “made false and misleading