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By ROB GILLIES
Associated Press Writer

TORONTO --
A judicial inquiry concludes that poor oversight of an arrogant and incompetent Canadian pathologist led to the wrongful convictions of several people accused of killing small children.
Justice Stephen Goudge made public Wednesday his report into the work of Dr. Charles Smith, whose expert testimony led to an undetermined number of wrongful convictions.
Smith's testimony played a key role in the conviction of a man who spent 12 years in jail for sexually assaulting and strangling his 4-year-old niece. Evidence later surfaced that showed the girl died of natural causes, and William Mullins-Johnson was exonerated last year.
Goudge concludes Smith as well as Ontario's former chief coroner and his deputy played a critical role in the wrongful convictions. Goudge is urging the Ontario government to compensate victims.

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