Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:23 am

Dear friends with this unfortunate commonality,
We ask that you review our website in support of our loved one who was wrongly convicted in the death of a child 18 years ago.
Although we have amazing support in the medical community, there are legal hurdles to overcome.
In addition to exposure in this wrongful conviction forum, we are currently looking for a police interrogation expert.
Thank you and take care
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Kaosium » Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:15 pm

From just a cursory look into it let's see if I have this straight:

A boy has a major fall about ten days before his death. He's treated but shows symptoms the next ten days and then collapses with no one around. The police get information that the injuries that caused the death were inflicted at the time of death. The mother changes her story to implicate Brian Peixoto when confronted with the police theory only her or Brian Peixoto could have caused the death of the child.

Since then medical knowledge has advanced and it's suggestive that the fall could well have been the cause of the death some ten days later and at least two respected doctors have advanced this possibility in Brian's case.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:43 am

The stupid things Ergon says - THE BEST OF NASEER AHMAD: "Curatolo's testimony is one of the bedrock foundations of my beliefs in this case."
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Jul 24, 2014 2:23 pm

Kaosium - Essentially your recap is right. The boy was very symptomatic for ten days, wobbly, lethargic, etc. He was in the basement with his four-year old sister at the time of the neurological episode. She yelled upstairs that he was throwing up. Brian's statement and testimony describes a "seizure" where he was convulsing on the floor, banging his head, eyes rolling, etc. This was actually the mother's initial version as well. The ER doctor actually quoted the mother's initial version as explained to him in the ER. As for how she changed her story, yes. Brian would not change his version. The police and ADA told the mother that her story didn't make sense and that one of them was responsible for the death. They showed her autopsy photos until her story evolved to fit their specifications.

Michael - I'm glad you put up those links. The media was whipped into a frenzy fed by the ADA. Because we have nothing to hide, we addressed these on the Media: Fact and Fiction page http://brianpeixoto.com/media-fact-fiction/ and Issues of Concern page http://brianpeixoto.com/questions-concerns/ of our website.

One important note: The Louise Woodward incident occurred an hour's drive away and one month before the start of Brian's trial. The public was outraged. He was not going to get a fair trial. Not that there is any such thing when it comes to the death of a child. Someone has to pay, and as far as the prosecution is concerned, it's conviction or resignation.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Teddy » Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:38 pm

I followed the Louise Woodward incident at the time and even then the medical evidence used was strongly challenged. Subsequently the pediatric radiologist who testified for the prosecution said he would not give the same testimony today due to advances in the understanding of head injuries. From what I've read the evidence against Brian Peixoto is very very weak and as a minimum the medical testimony needs to be reviewed. The evidence provided by his ex-girlfriend, on the other hand, is worthless, always was worthless, and should never have been considered. Other than these two pieces of evidence, I don't think there is anything else to bolster the case.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:28 am

Dr. Patrick Barnes was the radiologist for the prosecution at the trial of Louise Woodward. I have the utmost respect for him. His perspective changed as the science evolved to the point where he is now a strong witness for the defense. We have had communication over the last two years and, if we ever receive the missing x-rays in our case, Dr. Barnes will review them for us. Consequently, Dr. Eli Newberger remains a doctor-for-hire for the state. In our case he testified that he had no first-hand knowledge of any medical evidence in this case. He painted a vivid picture of the ME's report and stated that the injuries were "comparable to being dropped from a 2nd-story window onto concrete." He used the same cookie cutter reference when he testified at the Louise Woodward trial just five months after Brian's.
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Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:54 pm

Dear Friends,
We offer the following summary of the facts in our case of wrongful conviction. Please take the time to read and consider supporting on this forum as well as on our webpage and petition. Thank you

Brian Peixoto:
When a child dies, someone has to pay. Police and prosecutors don’t care who, as long as they get a conviction, and someone goes to prison. The media is used to whip the public into a frenzy of anger and then their thirst for justice must be quenched, and it doesn’t matter at whose expense.

In the summer of 1995 Brian Peixoto was 26 years old and living in his home town of Westport, MA. Brian had shared custody of his 4-year old daughter, and he was working full time at a pre-caste concrete company. He also worked part-time as security, a few nights a week at a local bar and night club. Brian had applied to be a volunteer fire fighter, and was also awaiting hire as a security office for the pediatric wing of St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA.

It was while working at the bar that Brian met Ami Sneed. She was 20 years old and the mother of 4-year old Tarissa and 3-year old Christopher. She was not with either father.

Brian and Ami dated on and off for a few months when Ami called crying that her heat and electricity had been turned off for non-payment. It was now early winter. Brian suggested that she call her mother for help, but Ami explained that her mother had been trying to have her children taken away from her. Feeling obligated, Brian offered to let Ami and her children stay temporarily until she could get the utilities turned back on.

In the late afternoon of January 22, 1996, the two children were alone in the furnished basement when Tarissa called upstairs that Christopher was throwing up. Both Ami and Brian were upstairs: Brian was down the hall in the bathroom and Ami was in the living room closest to the basement stairs, smoking a cigarette. They met in the hallway and went downstairs together and found Christopher in what appeared to be a seizure. He was unresponsive, vomiting, and on the floor convulsing. Brian attempted to perform CPR but Christopher did not respond. They drove to the fire station down the road where he was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where Christopher was pronounced dead.

Hospital staff contacted the police claiming that Christopher had suspicious bruises and injuries. Ami was questioned at the hospital by police in the presence of the hospital social worker.

Brian and Ami were questioned separately at the Westport Police Station. Both provided similar stories as described above. Both were released pending the autopsy results. Brian left with his father.

Dr. James Weiner, the state’s medical examiner performed the autopsy. Present were seven police officials and an investigator from the prosecutor’s office. Dr. Weiner concluded that Christopher died from blunt force trauma to his head, resulting in a skull fracture and a brain bleed. Most importantly, Dr. Weiner stated that the skull fracture had to be inflicted “at or about the time of death,” and could not have been survivable or accidental. This conclusion was very important. It meant that whoever was with the child when he died, must be responsible for his death. Dr. Weiner’s conclusion drove the investigation, and ultimately the trial.
Brian and Ami were called back for questioning. They were told of the ME’s findings and then told that their stories didn’t fit. They were told that one of them killed Christopher and that if their stories didn’t change they would be charged with murder. Brian refused to change his story. Ami was shown autopsy photos and was led by the police and the ADA to change her story, up to six (documented) times, placing herself further away from her son, and Brian alone with him when he was found. Considering her history, she had cause to divert the investigation away from her.

Brian was placed under arrest. ADA Renee Dupuis was instrumental in feeding the press a story of an out-of-control bouncer boyfriend that brutally beat and killed his girlfriend’s child in a fit of rage. The media ran with the story and public outrage grew. To support this course of action police and investigators showed the autopsy photos to those interviewed. They told people, “Brian did this. The injuries are comparable to a child falling two stories out a window onto concrete.”

The media was so single-focused they did not bother to capitalize on the several opportune trails. One in particular is that Ami was out celebrating her 21st birthday the night after the autopsy. She had asked Brian’s roommate to go back into the apartment to retrieve a particular club outfit and she was off to dance the night away. Her son wasn’t even laid to rest yet.

There were many omissions in the investigation. For one, Ami had been under the investigation of the Department of Social Services (DSS) for child neglect.

Most significantly, ten days before Christopher’s death, the boy had fallen down stairs while in the sole care of his mother. It was not until the following day that Ami brought him to the ER, and only then at the insistence of her mother. Christopher was diagnosed with a broken clavicle and a head contusion. Ami was given specific instructions to return to the ER immediately if the child showed any signs of head trauma. Although several people, including Ami herself, testified that Christopher was lethargic and wobbly for ten days, Ami did not seek medical treatment. She described his behavior as “acting drunk,” and testified that after seven days she called for a follow up appointment which was scheduled for the day he died. Daycare workers had questioned Ami about suspicious bruises on Christopher’s body. She responded jokingly, “He looks like an abused kid, huh.” The workers logged the bruises but never filed a report. On the morning of his death Christopher was so symptomatic that Ami did not send him to day care. She also decided not to bring him to his doctor’s appointment.

Another concern not properly investigated or defended was the interaction between Ami and her daughter at the hospital. Tarissa was brought in to see her mother and when Ami reached out to her daughter, the little girl backed away and said, “I don’t want you.” The jury was not allowed to hear this.

Any or all of these facts should have made the police investigators question whether they had the right person under arrest. Heightened by the media spectacle, Brian was tried in the court of public opinion. The prosecutor needed a victim to testify so when Ami retained an attorney who told police that if she was charged her cooperation would end, it was too late to turn this train around. Besides, they had an ME stating the last person with Christopher had to have killed him and Ami’s latest story placed Brian alone with him.

The media frenzy was further enhanced because just one month earlier and an hour’s drive away Louise Woodward was arrested and charged with the murder of little Matthew Eappen. The public was outraged. Brian would not get a fair trial.

Brian’s trial began in March of 1997 and lasted five days. The foundation of the prosecutor’s case was the testimony of Ami and of Dr. Weiner. It should be noted; Ami changed her version of events at least two more times since her police interviews – at a previous hearing and again at trial – for a total of eight different, documented versions. The prosecutor also brought in Dr. Eli Newberger, a child abuse expert and hired gun who often testifies for the prosecution for a fee of about $10,000 per case. (Of interest, Dr. Newberger would also go on to testify for the prosecution in the Louise Woodward trial a few months later.) Despite Dr. Newberger having no forensic or pathology credentials and no firsthand knowledge of any evidence in this case, he testified most convincingly, painting a picture of an out-of-control, brutal beating equivalent to “being dropped from a second story window onto concrete.” He would go on to use this same cookie-cutter reference at the trial of Louise Woodward a few months later.

Brian’s defense lawyer, Raymond Veary put on a dismal defense at best. He did not call any defense experts to challenge the validity of the medical opinions, despite Dr. Weiner, the ME, not being board certified or having any pediatric expertise, or Dr. Newberger testifying to the cause of death with no pathological accreditation. The defense called no medical experts or character witnesses. Brian alone testified in his own defense.

In less than two hours the jury returned having convicted Brian of first degree murder. He was sentenced to natural life in prison.

Brian was convicted without one piece of physical or medical evidence pointing directly to him as ever inflicting a single injury on Christopher. In just one example, it was presented that Christopher had bruises on his arms where he was grabbed and shaken. Brian insisted his attorney measure his hands, surely this would confirm that the he did not inflict any injury on the child. Attorney Veary ignored this request. Based solely on the theory that Christopher’s head injury was not survivable and must have been inflicted at or about the time of death, and Ami’s ever changing stories placing Brian alone with her son, Brian was convicted. Yet, there is still hope.

After many years of incompetent lawyers and futile appeals, in 2011 an episode of “Frontline” aired on PBS. It featured experts in pediatric head trauma and cases of misdiagnosed child abuse. The similarities between these cases and Brian’s were too great to ignore. After reaching out to experts featured on the program, assistance was offered from Dr. Michael Laposata, Pathologist-in-Chief at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Laposata agreed to review the medical evidence and testimony in Brian’s case and to offer an opinion. In a telephone conference with Brian’s family, Dr. Laposata stated that to a degree of medical certainty, the medical examiner got his diagnosis wrong and Christopher died as a result of the untreated injuries he sustained in the stairway fall, ten days before his death. Because of his belief that Brian was wrongly convicted, Dr. Laposata offered to testify on Brian’s behalf pro bono and has submitted an affidavit for an appeal.

Following Dr. Laposata’s findings, Brian was accepted to be represented by the Committee for Public Counsel (CPCS) Innocence Program, in collaboration with the New England Innocence Program (NEIP). Further collaboration efforts have been offered by shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma SBS /AHT defense attorney Heather Kirkwood (from the Frontline episode); and Kate Judson, SBS litigation fellow with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. Not bad for a case with no DNA.

Also joining the team was Dr. Waney Squier, an expert in pediatric neuropathology at Oxford Radcliff Hospitals. After reviewing Brian’s case, she pointed out several problems, specifically omissions with the autopsy process and diagnosis, including the fact that during the autopsy the ME did not have the child’s relevant medical records, nor was he aware of the stairway fall ten days before the death. But, most importantly, she determined that all of the evidence points to Christopher suffering neurological symptoms for ten days and that he died as a result of head trauma sustained in the stairway fall. Dr. Squier has also offered to testify on Brian’s behalf and has submitted an affidavit.

New to the team is Dr. Zhongxue Hua, a forensic pathologist and neuropathology consultant, and assistant clinical professor of pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and attending neuropathology and assistant laboratory director at Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital, NY. With years of experience as a medical examiner, Dr. Hua has contradicted Dr. Weiner’s findings by stating that the six-inch skull fracture would not necessarily result in the immediate death of the child and that it could have been caused by a fall down the stairs. In his affidavit, Dr. Hua stated that he has personally observed in his career a very similar skull fracture wound of a child which was not immediately fatal. “Further, in that case – and generally – a child may appear asymptomatic and lucid following such an injury, including upon presentation to an emergency room. Dr. Hua concurred with Drs. Laposata and Squier that the neurological symptoms Christopher displayed for 10 days could also be consistent with bleeding and progressive subdural hematomas occurring after the fall. Dr. Hua has offered pro bono services on Brian’s behalf and has signed an affidavit in support of the defense.

A fourth affidavit is expected shortly from a biomechanical/biomedical engineer. Together with that from Dr. Hua, these affidavits will be included in the next step of the legal process.

Currently, Brian’s team of attorneys and medical experts are preparing to file a successive petition for writ of habeas corpus, making an Actual Innocence claim, to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Before he can even be heard on all of the new evidence and medical findings, Brian must get past procedural hurdles and time limits. Nevertheless, all who support Brian are hopeful and have faith that justice will be served and Brian will be returned home to his family. The family is very appreciative of the support in bringing them one day closer to their dream.

Sometime after the trial Attorney Veary returned to the DA’s office. Both he and the prosecutor went on to become Superior Court Judges where they now sit with Judge Charles J. Hely who has consistently denied Brian the opportunity to present new evidence. Ami Sneed (now Negron) has continued her pattern of instability. She was pregnant at Brian’s trial and went onto to have two more children with different fathers. She does not have custody of any of her children. In fact, Tarissa was removed from her care immediately following Christopher’s death and custody was awarded to a man who is not her biological father. Ami also has an extensive criminal record for prostitution, larceny, violating an abuse prevention order and more. She was arrested again just recently for theft.

There are many more details to this case and questions that should be answered. If you would like to learn more about Brian’s case, please visit the website. And if you would like to show support for Brian to receive, at the very least, a new and fair trial, please sign the petition on change.org.

Thank you
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Alice de Sturler posted the following story on her blog today
http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/case-watch-brian-peixoto/

"In Brian’s case, there are many issues of concern:
◾ the unchallenged medical evidence including the cookie-cutter testimony of state experts and missing evidence;
◾the unrecorded police interrogations;
◾the uninvestigated history of the mother with regard to the child’s medical history and complaints of neglect by the (then) Department of Social Services;
◾and ineffective legal representation both at trial and on appeal."
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:05 pm

Thanks for the case summary. It is a haunting case and warning to all to be careful who you get involved with. This does seem to be a clear case of innocence. It's great the case has gained support of some high level pathologists.

Chris Halkides and I have mentioned many times that our appeal system needs to change to allow cases like this to be given a second chance much faster.

Can any members find reason that this summary is incorrect?
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:58 pm

This is a compelling case.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:21 am

We actually just updated the website with the addition of an affidavit from our fourth expert, Dr. Chris Van Ee a biomechanical/biomedical engineer who was asked to analyze the initial fall. After reviewing the records Dr. Van Ee determined that Christopher suffered significant injury as a result of the stair-fall incident but that the full extent of his injury and the dynamics of the stair-fall incident were largely unexplored in the investigation of Christopher’s death and subsequent trial of Mr. Peixoto. Dr. Van Ee also concluded that testimony given by the state’s experts with regard to fall heights necessary to result in Christopher’s head trauma was misleading in that both clinical case studies and biomechanical testing show that falls of 3-5 feet are sufficient to result in skull and intracranial trauma.
All of the new evidence is presented on our website under http://brianpeixoto.com/new-evidence/diagnoses/.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:25 am

B. Peixoto Family wrote:We actually just updated the website with the addition of an affidavit from our fourth expert, Dr. Chris Van Ee a biomechanical/biomedical engineer who was asked to analyze the initial fall. After reviewing the records Dr. Van Ee determined that Christopher suffered significant injury as a result of the stair-fall incident but that the full extent of his injury and the dynamics of the stair-fall incident were largely unexplored in the investigation of Christopher’s death and subsequent trial of Mr. Peixoto. Dr. Van Ee also concluded that testimony given by the state’s experts with regard to fall heights necessary to result in Christopher’s head trauma was misleading in that both clinical case studies and biomechanical testing show that falls of 3-5 feet are sufficient to result in skull and intracranial trauma.
All of the new evidence is presented on our website under http://brianpeixoto.com/new-evidence/diagnoses/.


Thanks for the update.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:04 pm

Have you listened to any of the radio shows yet?
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:06 pm

I have and I am interested in talking about the details of what is involved in doing this.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:05 pm

We will be discussing the Brian Peixoto case on Injustice Anywhere radio on Tuesday September 9 at 8 PM CDT. Please post questions here in this thread that you would like addressed.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Sat Sep 06, 2014 9:31 pm

Injustice Anywhere Radio: The Brian Peixoto Case: Did Misdiagnosis Lead To Wrongful Conviction?

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/injustice-anywhere/2014/09/10/the-brian-peixoto-case-did-misdiagnosis-lead-to-wrongful-conviction
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:09 pm

This show is on tonight. Tues Sep 9, at 8pm CDT
Hope everyone tunes in.

Also, join us on the IA facebook group to discuss the show while it's playing.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/291062117582686/
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby MichaelB » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:47 pm

The Child Cases
Sudden child deaths are often assumed to be murder and caregivers are frequently the accused. FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR investigate, uncovering evidence of questionable convictions...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/the-child-cases/
The stupid things Ergon says - THE BEST OF NASEER AHMAD: "Curatolo's testimony is one of the bedrock foundations of my beliefs in this case."
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:53 pm

The Brian Peixoto Case: Did Misdiagnosis Lead To Wrongful Conviction?

http://wrongfulconvictionnews.com/the-brian-peixoto-case-did-misdiagnosis-lead-to-wrongful-conviction/
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:35 pm

Thank you to Bruce and Sarah and to the callers and listeners for allowing me to present Brian's story.
The family is very appreciative of the support.
The time went by fast and of course I feel like there was more I could have said, but perhaps another time!

As is the case in most wrongful convictions, the investigation and trial weren't about what really happened to Christopher, they were about securing a conviction.

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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:04 pm

Hi Everyone,
I printed the discussion you all had on FB during the radio show and sent it to Brian. He still struggles with accepting that people outside of the family believe him. I know I am preaching to the choir, but there is an inherent prejudice and stigma associated with the death of a child.

I wanted to take a minute and address some of the comments and questions from the FB chat just. I don't remember if these were brought up on the show. I was a little nervous! :blush:

Here goes - Ami's interview was used at trial. The jury didn't connect the dots and Brian's attorney did not help the cause. The State Police sgt. who took her initial statement (which does match Brian's one and only version) testified, "She (Ami) said that both Brian and she went immediately down to the basement..." That is just one example. Her versions were essentially all out there. Even the Court officers said to Brian, "Hey kid, it looks like you're going home. She is lying left and right."

The prosecution kept the fall out of the trial because if it can be related to an accident (and then neglect by the mother) then they have no case.

The reference to the injuries being comparable to a child being dropped out of a two-story window onto concrete is not new. In his research, forensic pathologist John Plunkett specifically addresses and contradicts this antiquated theory. http://brianpeixoto.com/research-refere ... -children/ (see pg. 7, first (full) paragraph)

Dr. Laposata is the captain of our team. Without his original reply to our request for help back in 2011 we may not be where we are today. He is nothing short of amazing and we can never thank him enough. Someday, we will pay it forward!

Brian's trial lawyer, the prosecutor and his original public defender who let him sit in county jail without communication for an entire year are all judges.
For all of you who felt the loss of Brian's daughter, please see http://brianpeixoto.com/brian-peixoto/life/

Thanks again everyone!
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:53 am

Hi Everyone,
New message from Brian with thanks to Bruce for the radio show opportunity.
http://brianpeixoto.com/message-brian/
Thank you all for your support!
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:48 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hi Everyone,
New message from Brian with thanks to Bruce for the radio show opportunity.
http://brianpeixoto.com/message-brian/
Thank you all for your support!
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What a great message from Brian! I love how involved he is in training service dogs. What a wonderful way to spend his time and help needy people.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:28 pm

Thanks Sarah,
Brian's dream is to have his own kennel. He would like to breed and train puppies for families. He enjoys working with older dogs as well and training or retraining them as needed. Lily came to him having been attacked by other dogs at her previous facility. In many ways they healed each other.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:47 pm

Have the family tried talking to Dr. Weiner and Dr. Newberer and see if they would change their opinion based on advanced medical information?

That could be extremely helpful to get one or both of them to change their statements.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sat Nov 08, 2014 6:55 pm

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for your note. Dr. Weiner died some time ago.
I don't believe Dr. Newberger will ever change his position because his position is based on emotion, not science.
He has a huge ego and I just can't see him "admitting" that he was wrong.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:20 pm

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to share the latest message from Brian.
Despite everything, we have much to be grateful for. We have health, love, and hope; family and friends. We give thanks each and every day for our blessings.
Best wishes to you and your families for a Happy Thanksgiving.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:50 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to share the latest message from Brian.
Despite everything, we have much to be grateful for. We have health, love, and hope; family and friends. We give thanks each and every day for our blessings.
Best wishes to you and your families for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Lisa

http://brianpeixoto.com/november-2014/


Thank you for posting this!
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Teddy » Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:46 am

The Peixoto family show so much dignity in such difficult times. Really admirable.
Amanda Knox: "According to Mignini, we found Meredith at the villa and said, Hey, that stupid bitch. Let’s show Meredith. Let’s get her to play a sex game. I was horrified. Who thinks like that?".... indeed, who thinks like that?
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:22 am

Thank you, Teddy for your kind words.
Sometimes it is good just knowing we're not alone on this journey through a wrongful conviction.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:52 am

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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:29 am

Thanks Bruce! The article is concise and truly captures the facts and obvious contradictions within the case.
Its hard to believe the court is still not accepting the new medical evidence.
Something has got to give. He has to come home.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:38 pm

Hi everyone!
I just posted a Christmas message from Brian on our website.
Thank you all for your continued support.
He received a Christmas card today from a family who read his story on Injustice Anywhere and saw his mailing address in the holiday newsletter.
I can't tell you how much just one card meant to him. Each and every sign of support is a gift for which we are truly grateful.
From our family to yours, happy holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hopeful New Year.
Lisa
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:32 am

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hi everyone!
I just posted a Christmas message from Brian on our website.
Thank you all for your continued support.
He received a Christmas card today from a family who read his story on Injustice Anywhere and saw his mailing address in the holiday newsletter.
I can't tell you how much just one card meant to him. Each and every sign of support is a gift for which we are truly grateful.
From our family to yours, happy holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy and hopeful New Year.
Lisa
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Thank you for posting this! Happy holidays! We are hopeful that 2015 will bring good news for many.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Teddy » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:23 am

Happy holidays to Brian and his family. Let's hope that things change for the better for you all very soon in 2015.
Amanda Knox: "According to Mignini, we found Meredith at the villa and said, Hey, that stupid bitch. Let’s show Meredith. Let’s get her to play a sex game. I was horrified. Who thinks like that?".... indeed, who thinks like that?
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:18 pm

Hi Everyone,
I have updated the Appeals Process page. http://brianpeixoto.com/appeals-process/
This was tough. It took a little time to realize that this was not our failure. The court failed. They rubbed stamped our application. They completely ignored the evidence of four highly respected medical experts all because of procedures and technicalities.
I wrote a little blurb on the Updates page as well. http://brianpeixoto.com/updates/
Onward and upward!

Thank you all for your continued support.
Happy and healthy New Year to you and your families.
May 2015 bring hope,new opportunities and progress towards reform for all those wrongly convicted.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bruce Fischer » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:10 am

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hi Everyone,
I have updated the Appeals Process page. http://brianpeixoto.com/appeals-process/
This was tough. It took a little time to realize that this was not our failure. The court failed. They rubbed stamped our application. They completely ignored the evidence of four highly respected medical experts all because of procedures and technicalities.
I wrote a little blurb on the Updates page as well. http://brianpeixoto.com/updates/
Onward and upward!

Thank you all for your continued support.
Happy and healthy New Year to you and your families.
May 2015 bring hope,new opportunities and progress towards reform for all those wrongly convicted.
Lisa


Thank you for the update. Happy New Year to you as well!
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:34 pm

Dear friends,
I am providing a link to Brian's latest blog entry.
Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of Christopher's death and tomorrow marks 19 years that Brian has been incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
As always, thank you for your support.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Sarah » Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:02 am

There is now a Facebook page set up for Brian Peixoto.

Please LIKE the page in a show of support. Share and spread.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Brian-Peixoto/744966995577900
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Re: Brian Peixoto

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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby Bill Williams » Sun Jan 25, 2015 11:29 am

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Dear friends,
I am providing a link to Brian's latest blog entry.
Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of Christopher's death and tomorrow marks 19 years that Brian has been incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
As always, thank you for your support.
Lisa
http://brianpeixoto.com/january-2015/

Thank you for keeping this thread up to date with how things are going. Blessings to you as you endure this nightmare.
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Re: Brian Peixoto

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:16 pm

Thank you Bill.
It's always comforting knowing there is support.
Blessings to you and your family as well.
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Support Website

Postby Bruce Fischer » Sun Feb 01, 2015 1:53 pm

Brian Peixoto was wrongfully convicted in 1996 for the murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son Christopher Affonso, Jr., and sentenced to life in prison in Massachusetts. Peixoto’s supporters state that the child died from injuries sustained during a fall, not from child abuse, and they have four nationally and internationally recognized medical experts that support their claims. New expert evidence proves Brian’s innocence.

Continue reading on the Free Brian Peixoto website: http://brianpeixoto.com/
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Re: Brian Peixoto *Endorsed

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:54 pm

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to share Brian's latest blog entry.
http://brianpeixoto.com/february-2015/
Stay warm!
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Re: Brian Peixoto *Endorsed

Postby roteoctober » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:47 am

Thank you Lisa for posting the link.
I'm glad to read Brian's morale sounds rather good and he likes his job with the dogs.
No to say that that makes a penitentiary a beautiful place to live in, of course not, but at least it appears inmates there (or just some of them?) can keep themselves busy with something they like.

Best wishes to Brian.
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Re: Brian Peixoto *Endorsed

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:32 pm

Thank you reading for your kind words.
Positive and productive is how he approaches each and every day.
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Re: Brian Peixoto *Endorsed

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sun Mar 29, 2015 5:55 am

Hi everyone!
We have A LOT going on behind the scenes right now as we are working towards getting back into court. The website will not be updated until we are ready to file.
In the meantime, we are bringing pages of the website over to our FB page to share with (hopefully) new friends and supporters.
(Sarah Snyder rocks!)
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Re: Brian Peixoto *Endorsed

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Re: Brian Peixoto Support Websites

Postby Brenda Aguiar » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:34 am

Little Christopher, fell down a flight of stairs, breaking his collar bone, 10 days earlier, with instructions from the hospital to bring him back if he had any symptoms, he had neurological symptoms, his mother made an appointment because of these symptoms, she also kept him home from daycare, the hospital should have said bring him in immidiatly, the mother never brought him to this appointment, Christopher past away that night, he was failed by his mother, and failed by the hospital, she claimed Brian was great with her kids and would never hurt them, well police weren't happy with that , she later changed her story multiple times! We now have 5 medical experts saying different from the original autopsy, Brian is innocent and I will fight for him!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Support Websites

Postby Sarah » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:13 pm

Brenda Aguiar wrote:Little Christopher, fell down a flight of stairs, breaking his collar bone, 10 days earlier, with instructions from the hospital to bring him back if he had any symptoms, he had neurological symptoms, his mother made an appointment because of these symptoms, she also kept him home from daycare, the hospital should have said bring him in immidiatly, the mother never brought him to this appointment, Christopher past away that night, he was failed by his mother, and failed by the hospital, she claimed Brian was great with her kids and would never hurt them, well police weren't happy with that , she later changed her story multiple times! We now have 5 medical experts saying different from the original autopsy, Brian is innocent and I will fight for him!


Welcome to the forum Brenda. Brian's case is a clear case of actual innocence. I hope we can help bring attention to his plight.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:26 pm

We currently have four medical experts. We are regrouping and adding medical and legal experts to our team. They will make sure the facts are heard!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Support Websites

Postby coutej » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:46 am

For 19 long years I have watched my son (Brian) suffer many injustice's. I want to thank the whole team that makes up Injustice Anywhere. You have renewed our hope. Joyce
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Desert Fox » Sat Apr 11, 2015 2:08 pm

Seems like you have all the evidence for innocence but no judge wants to then look at it.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:12 pm

And we are gathering new evidence every day. That's what happens when you tell the truth. It's all right there. Unfortunately and all to often it is often pushed aside by lies and other forms of sensationalism. The truth, however, should have staying power; enough so that it is bigger and stronger to overcome procedural hurdles or other technicalities of law.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Desert Fox » Sun Apr 12, 2015 1:53 pm

My issue is that judges and prosecutors talk big about righting wrongful convictions and they also seem to argue that it is judge a few bad judges and/or prosecutors.
This case though has gone though so many hands and none want to consider that they need to overturn this. It is systemic.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:25 pm

It is systemic and epidemic. It started with the police and then went through a handful of lazy attorneys from pre-trial to post conviction. They never believed in his innocence and it showed in their (lack of) effort. The post conviction attorneys never read through the trial transcripts to see all the egregious errors.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Sarah » Fri May 01, 2015 7:41 pm

Donate: Brian Peixoto Struggle for Innocence ~ One Day Closer
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed May 06, 2015 7:37 pm

Latest message from Brian!
http://brianpeixoto.com/may-5-2015/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Sarah » Wed May 06, 2015 8:12 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Latest message from Brian!
http://brianpeixoto.com/may-5-2015/


I love these messages from Brian. It really lets me know who we are fighting for!

And Jen Fitzgerald is one of my Heroes! I wanna be like Jen! :worthy:
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby erasmus44 » Wed May 06, 2015 10:46 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:It is systemic and epidemic. It started with the police and then went through a handful of lazy attorneys from pre-trial to post conviction. They never believed in his innocence and it showed in their (lack of) effort. The post conviction attorneys never read through the trial transcripts to see all the egregious errors.




I remember one story about the notorious Central Park Five case. During the trial, one of the defense attorneys had a Eureka moment and said that what went through his mind was - "Oh my God!!! These guys are actually innocent." Apparently up to that point he had been going through the motions and suddenly realized that he had to put out his best game. They were convicted but then - fortunately - they were exonerated years later.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu May 07, 2015 8:28 pm

That was a great reference erasmus44, thank you. For what it's worth, I'm glad one of those attorneys saw the light. Too little too late to help his client in that moment but still better than those who are just in it for the paycheck and never have that realization.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu May 07, 2015 8:43 pm

SARAH! First of all, when they make the movie about Brian's story, you will be in it!
Second, you can be like Jen - hopefully a little more on the normal side... :winks: Jen is the original super girl!
You can go to law school and work as a paralegal as you go. Go to law school part time if need be. Make the investment in yourself. With all the connections you have and continue to make in this community you will not have difficulty finding someone to take you under their wing and maybe some great organization will help pay the expenses. You clearly already have most of what it takes to be a lawyer. You are passionate and persistent in the efforts to help those wrongly convicted. As a lawyer you could do bigger things for a greater number of people.
The world needs more people like you advocating for people like us.
Be a voice for the voiceless, Sarah. You can do this!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:24 pm

Hi everyone,
Brian's birthday is June 26th. I know he would love to hear from his supporters.
You can write to him at:
Brian Peixoto
P.O. Box 9106
Concord, MA 01742-9106
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:58 pm

Hello friends!
Please read the new blog posting from Brian.
http://brianpeixoto.com/june-2015/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:33 am

Hi friends!
Brian can now receive emails. I posted information on our FB page and thought I would share it here as well.
He would love to hear from supporters! If you are already on Access Corrections, all you need to do is add him to your list of recipients.
Lisa

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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Sarah » Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:16 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hi friends!
Brian can now receive emails. I posted information on our FB page and thought I would share it here as well.
He would love to hear from supporters! If you are already on Access Corrections, all you need to do is add him to your list of recipients.
Lisa

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That's really cool. I'm going to give it a try. :)
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:30 pm

He would love to hear from you, Sarah! He knows everything you have done for him and is so very grateful.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:23 pm

Hi everyone,
I haven't posted in a while. If you know our lawyer, Jen Fitzgerald then you understand why I have been too busy to post. Keeping up with her is a full time job! Needless to say things are crazy busy. We will broadcast the new evidence in the very near future. In the meantime, this is Brian's latest blog. Thanks for your support!
http://brianpeixoto.com/october-2015/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:41 am

Hello friends,
Another blog entry from Brian. It's always good when he feels like writing!
http://brianpeixoto.com/november-2015/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:11 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hello friends,
Another blog entry from Brian. It's always good when he feels like writing!
http://brianpeixoto.com/november-2015/

Thank you for posting this.

Please do not interpret the inactivity in this thread as non-support. Some of us simply read what's what with all this and cannot believe Brian is in prison. I am, for one, simply flabbergasted to know what to say other than the obvious which has already been covered by others.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Sarah » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:00 pm

Bill Williams wrote:
B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hello friends,
Another blog entry from Brian. It's always good when he feels like writing!
http://brianpeixoto.com/november-2015/

Thank you for posting this.

Please do not interpret the inactivity in this thread as non-support. Some of us simply read what's what with all this and cannot believe Brian is in prison. I am, for one, simply flabbergasted to know what to say other than the obvious which has already been covered by others.

You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Agreed Bill. This case is absolutely FLABERGASTING!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bruce Fischer » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:20 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Hello friends,
Another blog entry from Brian. It's always good when he feels like writing!
http://brianpeixoto.com/november-2015/


Thank you for posting!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:27 pm

Dear friends,
Christmas message from Brian!
His next blog will reveal the first of many updates.
Stay tuned. Please like us on FB to get the updates!
Happy holidays everyone!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:40 pm

Happy and healthy New Year everyone!
Brian's latest blog reveals our first big announcement of 2016, a feature article in Boston Magazine. Yay!
http://brianpeixoto.com/happy-new-year-2016/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:51 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Happy and healthy New Year everyone!
Brian's latest blog reveals our first big announcement of 2016, a feature article in Boston Magazine. Yay!
http://brianpeixoto.com/happy-new-year-2016/

Congrats on this!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:48 pm

Friends,
Boston Magazine has published an investigative report on Brian's case in their February issue, on newsstands now.
I know you are all scattered about the country so it may not be possible for you read it until it becomes available online.

Please read Brian's blog marking 20 years of his incarceration.
http://brianpeixoto.com/20-years-2/

As always, thank you for your continued support.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Sat Jan 30, 2016 8:07 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Friends,
Boston Magazine has published an investigative report on Brian's case in their February issue, on newsstands now.
I know you are all scattered about the country so it may not be possible for you read it until it becomes available online.

Please read Brian's blog marking 20 years of his incarceration.
http://brianpeixoto.com/20-years-2/

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Thanks for keeping us up to date!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bruce Fischer » Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:21 pm

B. Peixoto Family wrote:Friends,
Boston Magazine has published an investigative report on Brian's case in their February issue, on newsstands now.
I know you are all scattered about the country so it may not be possible for you read it until it becomes available online.

Please read Brian's blog marking 20 years of his incarceration.
http://brianpeixoto.com/20-years-2/

As always, thank you for your continued support.



This is good news. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bruce Fischer » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:38 pm

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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Sarah » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:44 pm

Eveyone this is just HORRIBLE. The Adminstration at Brian Peixoto's prison has punished him for his Boston Magazine feature article by removing him from the NEADS (dog trainging) program he has been so involved in. It is just outrageous.

We have to do SOMETHING. A letter writing campaign? Maybe Gus can do another article on the punishment?

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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Annella » Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:29 pm

Sarah wrote:Eveyone this is just HORRIBLE. The Adminstration at Brian Peixoto's prison has punished him for his Boston Magazine feature article by removing him from the NEADS (dog trainging) program he has been so involved in. It is just outrageous.

We have to do SOMETHING. A letter writing campaign? Maybe Gus can do another article on the punishment?

http://brianpeixoto.com/march-2016/


Shocking stuff!! Maybe someone can do a standard letter that we can all email to pertinent people/groups? Someone more eloquent than I! :winks:
I think a standard letter would be successful in that some people would not get around to composing one. Having a letter to hand, really simple to ping it off to 100's of places/people.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:19 pm

Thanks Sarah for posting the blog here. I knew there was something I forgot to do!
And thank you Annella for the offer of support! We would be most grateful for any and all help in getting the message to the right people.
I have come up with something short and to the point. It can be copied and pasted into an email on this contact form to the
Governor's office

Dear Governor Baker,
I am writing on behalf of Brian Peixoto, an inmate in the care and custody of the MA DOC. He is housed at MCI-Concord and had been in a rehabilitative program for two years where he trained three service dogs for disabled people. Most recently, he raised and trained a service dog that was matched and placed with a 15 year-old autistic girl. Dancer went to her forever home on February 10, 2016. The day after he was told he was getting a new puppy, prison administration arbitrarily, and without cause or explanation suddenly removed Brian from the NEADS dog program.

We, Brian’s family, friends and supporters believe this was a retaliatory decision as a result of Brian’s recent cooperation with the media. MCI-Concord prison officials attempted to prevent a reporter from Boston Magazine from entering the facility to interview Brian; however, that decision was overruled when the reporter went directly to the DOC Commissioner’s Office. Consequently, just two weeks after the article was released in the February online issue of Boston Magazine, MCI-Concord’s prison administration removed Brian from the NEADS Dog Program. During his time at the Concord facility, Brian has not had any disciplinary reports. To the contrary, he has received only positive work, housing, and program evaluations.

If it is the mission of the Department of Correction to protect public safety through providing inmates programming, why then did administrators at MCI-Concord arbitrarily remove Brian Peixoto from a program where he was training service dogs for disabled people in our communities?

The family, friends, and supporters of Brian Peixoto hope that an inquiry will prompt officials at MCI-Concord to reconsider their decision, and Brian will be reinstated and be allowed to return to training service dogs for disabled people.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby charlie_wilkes » Sat Apr 23, 2016 7:24 pm

I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby charlie_wilkes » Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:23 am

I just finished watching The Syndrome. I rented it on Amazon for $4 and its available elsewhere. It's an incredible story in which a slew of MDs are working hard to deal with individual cases and overcome this pernicious and ugly doctrine, whose adherents refused to be interviewed.

I hope this represents a light at the end of the tunnel for Brian and many others who are wrongfully imprisoned because of the SBS myth.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Tue May 03, 2016 5:57 pm

Thank you Charlie. The struggle that Brian and others in this similar situation face is one of rigid thinking. It can start in the ER. From there the investigation, including autopsy become prosecutorial in nature. The focus of the investigation and trial is not on seeking the truth of what really happened to the child but rather who is the easiest to convict. In Brian's case, the mother was willing to change her story several times until it fit with the specifications of the police. Brian refused to alter the one and only version-the truth. He was charged just after exercising his right to an attorney.

From the medico-legal perspective there is also the matter of mindset rigidity. There are medical experts who do not evolve in their opinions, despite the advances in medicine and science. Their steadfast position carries into the courtroom where innocent people ultimately pay the price with the loss of their freedom.

There is progress in solidarity, and where there is life there is hope.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Kauffer » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:08 am

This is a troubling case. Part of the motive (the child's wet pants) would appear to be non existent. The allegations concerning the child's mother's care appear undisclosed. The child's mother changed her story with regard to Peixoto being alone with the child prior to his medical emergency and the science appears to be suspect at best and bunkum at worst. Moreover the quality of legal representation at trial appears to have been shoddy.

What is the latest news on this case re the all encompassing final appeal? The conviction looks unsafe, to say the least.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Kauffer » Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:24 am

charlie_wilkes wrote:I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.


Have a look at this roll call of heavy weights out in support of Squier:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016 ... ney-squier

"It is a sad day for science when a 21st-century inquisition denies one doctor the freedom to question “mainstream” beliefs. It is a particularly sad day for the parent or carer who ends up on the wrong end of another doctor’s “diagnosis” that an infant was shaken, when the child may have died from entirely different, natural causes."
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:51 pm

Kauffer wrote:
charlie_wilkes wrote:I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.


Have a look at this roll call of heavy weights out in support of Squier:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016 ... ney-squier

"It is a sad day for science when a 21st-century inquisition denies one doctor the freedom to question “mainstream” beliefs. It is a particularly sad day for the parent or carer who ends up on the wrong end of another doctor’s “diagnosis” that an infant was shaken, when the child may have died from entirely different, natural causes."

Toss all this into the legal realm, which operates from a differing set of standards than science, and ask:

How does reasonable doubt fit into this?
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby erasmus44 » Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:07 pm

Bill Williams wrote:
Kauffer wrote:
charlie_wilkes wrote:I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.


Have a look at this roll call of heavy weights out in support of Squier:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016 ... ney-squier

"It is a sad day for science when a 21st-century inquisition denies one doctor the freedom to question “mainstream” beliefs. It is a particularly sad day for the parent or carer who ends up on the wrong end of another doctor’s “diagnosis” that an infant was shaken, when the child may have died from entirely different, natural causes."

Toss all this into the legal realm, which operates from a differing set of standards than science, and ask:

How does reasonable doubt fit into this?



Prosecutors really LOVE the Shaken Baby Syndrome because it provides scientific evidence that the perp must be whoever was with the baby right before symptoms emerge. It simplifies the investigative process and allows them to "close" cases quickly. It sounds scientific and is very persuasive to a jury. They HATE it when someone suggests that the same symptoms may be the result of a variety of causes. They will not give up the SBS without a nasty fight. This is an issue that we have to get involved in on a systemic level. Changing the conventional wisdom on this issue will prevent hundreds of wrongful convictions and will lead to many reversals of existing convictions.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Kauffer » Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:35 am

erasmus44 wrote:
Bill Williams wrote:
Kauffer wrote:
charlie_wilkes wrote:I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.


Have a look at this roll call of heavy weights out in support of Squier:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016 ... ney-squier

"It is a sad day for science when a 21st-century inquisition denies one doctor the freedom to question “mainstream” beliefs. It is a particularly sad day for the parent or carer who ends up on the wrong end of another doctor’s “diagnosis” that an infant was shaken, when the child may have died from entirely different, natural causes."

Toss all this into the legal realm, which operates from a differing set of standards than science, and ask:

How does reasonable doubt fit into this?



Prosecutors really LOVE the Shaken Baby Syndrome because it provides scientific evidence that the perp must be whoever was with the baby right before symptoms emerge. It simplifies the investigative process and allows them to "close" cases quickly. It sounds scientific and is very persuasive to a jury. They HATE it when someone suggests that the same symptoms may be the result of a variety of causes. They will not give up the SBS without a nasty fight. This is an issue that we have to get involved in on a systemic level. Changing the conventional wisdom on this issue will prevent hundreds of wrongful convictions and will lead to many reversals of existing convictions.


Yes. There is a raft of cases with convictions, some notoriously unsafe, based on SBS. In the Peixoto case, of course, what seems to be in question is the notion of a "two storey" fall being required to cause injuries leading to death. This science by analogy is not based on data but on assumption it would seem. We must argue for rigour in analysis especially when the consequences of expert testimony are so devastating.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby erasmus44 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:01 am

Kauffer wrote:
erasmus44 wrote:
Bill Williams wrote:
Kauffer wrote:
charlie_wilkes wrote:I first read about Dr. Waney Squier, SBS critic whose medical license was pulled, about a month ago. Today I got around to looking at the details. Wow. Many are comparing her with Galileo, and it's no exaggeration.

Tonight I'm going to watch The Syndrome, a documentary that just came out. The producer says SBS is the new Satanic Panic. To judge from what happened to Dr. Squier, I'd say that's about right.

So, there may be some hope here in terms of escalating public awareness and interest.


Have a look at this roll call of heavy weights out in support of Squier:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016 ... ney-squier

"It is a sad day for science when a 21st-century inquisition denies one doctor the freedom to question “mainstream” beliefs. It is a particularly sad day for the parent or carer who ends up on the wrong end of another doctor’s “diagnosis” that an infant was shaken, when the child may have died from entirely different, natural causes."

Toss all this into the legal realm, which operates from a differing set of standards than science, and ask:

How does reasonable doubt fit into this?



Prosecutors really LOVE the Shaken Baby Syndrome because it provides scientific evidence that the perp must be whoever was with the baby right before symptoms emerge. It simplifies the investigative process and allows them to "close" cases quickly. It sounds scientific and is very persuasive to a jury. They HATE it when someone suggests that the same symptoms may be the result of a variety of causes. They will not give up the SBS without a nasty fight. This is an issue that we have to get involved in on a systemic level. Changing the conventional wisdom on this issue will prevent hundreds of wrongful convictions and will lead to many reversals of existing convictions.


Yes. There is a raft of cases with convictions, some notoriously unsafe, based on SBS. In the Peixoto case, of course, what seems to be in question is the notion of a "two storey" fall being required to cause injuries leading to death. This science by analogy is not based on data but on assumption it would seem. We must argue for rigour in analysis especially when the consequences of expert testimony are so devastating.


It is impossible to do experimental research in this area but there is enough anecdotal evidence to establish that the 2 storey fall theory is bogus. All sorts of people have died as a result of falls from much lower heights. This is a situation in which junk science has become the conventional wisdom with terrible consequences.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby B. Peixoto Family » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:05 am

The graphic visual of "comparable to a fall from a two-story window onto concrete" has been debunked several times over.
Forensic pathologist Dr. John Plunkett has been all over this for some time now. His voice is loud and strong and finally being heard!
Dr. Plunkett was kind enough to provide us with some of his research on this topic. For anyone in need of this information, please see the "Research and Reference" page on our website.
http://brianpeixoto.com/research-reference/
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Clive Wismayer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:22 am

From the well written case summary near the beginning of this thread it is not difficult to believe this man did not receive a fair trial. Placing any weight on the mother's testimony and trusting experts on child head injuries are both dangerous things to do. However, it's also a commonplace fact that assigning responsibility in these cases is notoriously difficult and I have an issue with Peixoto's conduct in the days preceding the death when the boy was showing disturbing signs but was not taken to hospital. I would like to know/see:

1 The date Ami moved in with Brian
2 Both her children's medical records
3. The medical records for Brian's child
4. Whether the joint custody order he had with the mother resulted from contested proceedngs and, if so,
5. Any grounds advanced against him by the mother
6. How and when it is suggested the child acquired the skull fracture
7. The cause of death
8. What other injuries were observed at autopsy and whether any of them were recent, especially if falling within the period after Ami moved in (which is not stated in the case summary)

I repeat, an unfair trial is no trial. I have no issue at all with overturning a verdict arrived at by unfair means. However, that does not equate with complete innocence in my mind.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Clive Wismayer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:28 am

Having now read the decision in Peixoto's 2000 appeal to the SJC of Mass. I also ask for a transcript of the evidence of Steve Morton. In fact, is there a trial transcript at all?
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:19 am

Clive Wismayer wrote:I repeat, an unfair trial is no trial. I have no issue at all with overturning a verdict arrived at by unfair means. However, that does not equate with complete innocence in my mind.

I take this to mean that a trial's decision should be "fair" within the rules of running such things. However, however one regards the accused is really their own business, and the task is to separate the two notions as much as possible.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Clive Wismayer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:35 am

Bill Williams wrote:
Clive Wismayer wrote:I repeat, an unfair trial is no trial. I have no issue at all with overturning a verdict arrived at by unfair means. However, that does not equate with complete innocence in my mind.

I take this to mean that a trial's decision should be "fair" within the rules of running such things. However, however one regards the accused is really their own business, and the task is to separate the two notions as much as possible.

Well, what I actually meant was that Peixoto has had an easy time here, with no one challenging the suggestion of complete innocence. He was in loco parentis but did nothing over a period of 10 days during which the boy showed signs of illness. Given the many injuries the child bore when examined (none of which are mentioned in the case summary upthread) then even if Ami Sneed were responsible for all of them it seems unlikely he knew nothing.

I have the same view of this case as I do of Jeffrey Havard who very likely did not do what was alleged but nonetheless bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death of a small child. I am heavily into several cases here in which an unfair trial may have convicted the right person. It's not my understanding of IA's mission that such cases should be supported.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:09 pm

Clive Wismayer wrote:I have the same view of this case as I do of Jeffrey Havard who very likely did not do what was alleged but nonetheless bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death of a small child. I am heavily into several cases here in which an unfair trial may have convicted the right person. It's not my understanding of IA's mission that such cases should be supported.

............ unless IA supports the integrity of the process over alleged deeds of an individual, such deeds (apparently) unrelated to the narrow allegations/charges the person faced.

Indeed, the view you express is the closest to what I believe happened to Scott Peterson and we've been around that block numerous times.

Upon a second read of your first sentence above - I have no clue what you mean when you pair two statements: "who very likely did not do what was alleged" and "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death". To my untrained ear the pairing of those two statements makes no sense.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Clive Wismayer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:32 pm

Bill Williams wrote:
Clive Wismayer wrote:I have the same view of this case as I do of Jeffrey Havard who very likely did not do what was alleged but nonetheless bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death of a small child. I am heavily into several cases here in which an unfair trial may have convicted the right person. It's not my understanding of IA's mission that such cases should be supported.

............ unless IA supports the integrity of the process over alleged deeds of an individual, such deeds (apparently) unrelated to the narrow allegations/charges the person faced.

Indeed, the view you express is the closest to what I believe happened to Scott Peterson and we've been around that block numerous times.

Upon a second read of your first sentence above - I have no clue what you mean when you pair two statements: "who very likely did not do what was alleged" and "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death". To my untrained ear the pairing of those two statements makes no sense.

Havard is alleged to have digitally penetrated the child and murdered her. I do not believe he did either. I do believe he may have struck her however. Does that clear it up?

Bruce and Sarah, as I understand it, feature cases of individuals they consider wholly innocent. I think they have a blind spot where these child abuse cases are concerned.

Peterson walks (in my mind anyway) if Graybill stands up. That will be my biggest change of mind on any case here.
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Bill Williams » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:53 pm

Clive Wismayer wrote:
Bill Williams wrote:Upon a second read of your first sentence above - I have no clue what you mean when you pair two statements: "who very likely did not do what was alleged" and "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death". To my untrained ear the pairing of those two statements makes no sense.

Havard is alleged to have digitally penetrated the child and murdered her. I do not believe he did either. I do believe he may have struck her however. Does that clear it up?

Taking things one at a time.....

No, it remains fuzzy. The two sentences are as above, the second one being - "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death".

If you believe he struck her, and you believe that that action bears some "responsibility" for the death, why are you not advocating that he be found guilty? If he had struck her, and you do not think that counts as part of "murdering her", how does striking her...... I think you can anticipate what I am about to say.....
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Re: Brian Peixoto Case Discussion

Postby Clive Wismayer » Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:26 pm

Bill Williams wrote:
Clive Wismayer wrote:
Bill Williams wrote:Upon a second read of your first sentence above - I have no clue what you mean when you pair two statements: "who very likely did not do what was alleged" and "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death". To my untrained ear the pairing of those two statements makes no sense.

Havard is alleged to have digitally penetrated the child and murdered her. I do not believe he did either. I do believe he may have struck her however. Does that clear it up?

Taking things one at a time.....

No, it remains fuzzy. The two sentences are as above, the second one being - "bore some, possibly a considerable, measure of responsibility for the death".

If you believe he struck her, and you believe that that action bears some "responsibility" for the death, why are you not advocating that he be found guilty? If he had struck her, and you do not think that counts as part of "murdering her", how does striking her...... I think you can anticipate what I am about to say.....

Ever heard of manslaughter?
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