On the 2nd April 2008 the Medical Board of SA found that retired forensic pathologist Dr Ross James was guilty of unprofessional conduct for failing to disclose evidence to the court in the two trials of Henry Keogh in 1995.
Dr James knew that there was no scientific evidence to support the presence of a bruise on the inside of the left leg of Anna Jane Cheney who had died in her bath in March 1994. When discussing the age of bruises to the legs and the "grip" pattern they were purported to make Dr James failed to reveal that he knew the so-called "thumb" bruise could not be found under the microscope. This "grip" theory was central to the prosecution's evidence of murder.
This finding came on the heels of the Medical Board's decision to refer similar complaints about the conduct Dr James' boss Dr Colin Manock to the Medical Tribunal. Dr James has appealed the finding.
Questions about the seriousness of these issues were put to the Attorney General Michael Atkinson who has long denied the very things the Medical Board has now confirmed. The Attorney General has continually failed to acknowledge that any prosecution where significant false or wrong evidence is provided to the court is likely to result in a miscarriage of justice.
The AG refused to confront the issues raised and simply went on a groundless personal attacked of his inquisitor.