Friday, May 4th, 2012

Sassan and Innocence Project Focus on ‘Shaken Baby’ Case

Anthony J. Sassan, an attorney with Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, appeared in the April 25, 2012, issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. An article written as a special contribution to the newspaper by Shaun Zinck is titled “Innocence Project aims to clear woman in infant death.”

Sassan, whose practice includes family law and civil and criminal defense, represents Pamela Jacobazzi. Jacobazzi previously ran a day care center in Bartlett. She was convicted of first-degree murder for what prosecutors described as the 1994 “shaken baby” death of a 10-month-old boy. She has consistently maintained her innocence.

The article says the infant’s pediatric records show the child had a preexisting condition that may have been responsible for some of the medical characteristics used as proof that the child suffered from a condition then known as SBS, or shaken baby syndrome. The article notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics no longer uses the term.

Sassan is quoted as saying, “There was no evidence of impact and no evidence that he hit his head . . . The theory has kind of evolved over whether it’s still valid in a purely shaken case that shaken baby syndrome is possible.”

Sassan believes the theory of shaken baby syndrome will be examined at a hearing in the Jacobazzi case in the fall. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article on Jacobazzi and Sassan is available in a reprint. For more of Sassan’s professional credentials, please read his biography.

Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois. The firm represents clients primarily in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.