Visiting Professor Gordon Widenhouse (JD ’81), attorney in famed Jeffrey MacDonald case, to speak Oct. 25 in Worrell Professional Center
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October 24, 2017
Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald was a military physician at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, in 1970 when his pregnant wife and two daughters were brutally murdered. MacDonald was injured and called 911 for help. In 1979, in spite of the military’s early decision not to prosecute, the U.S., under a great deal of pressure, decided to prosecute and MacDonald was convicted by a jury. He has maintained his innocence since 1970 and has been imprisoned since 1979.
The case was the subject of the book “Fatal Vision,” which was made into a TV miniseries. Recently, Errol Morris, the filmmaker who made “The Thin Blue Line,” wrote an excellent book about the case, “A Wilderness of Error.”
After a lot of litigation, MacDonald won the right to conduct DNA testing on a number of hairs from the crime scene, hairs which he argues could only have come from the murderers, and which did not come from him. He also argues that evidence from a direct witness to the crime was wrongfully suppressed.