Mrs Clark served more than three years in jail after she was found guilty of smothering eight-week-old Harry and 11-week-old Christopher at her trial at Chester Crown Court in 1999.
The statement continued: "Sally was released in 2003 having been wrongfully imprisoned for more than three years, falsely accused of the murder of her two sons.
"Sadly, she never fully recovered from the effects of this appalling miscarriage of justice."
On appeal, Mrs Clark was found to have been wrongly convicted of the twin murders after new medical evidence emerged that had not been presented at her trial.
The fucking idiot who was greatly responsible for her conviction (although a woeful lack of understanding of statistics also played its part) was Professor Roy Meadow.
Professor Meadow was also involved as an expert witness in many other trials and, after the Clark case, other convictions were quashed.
He gave expert evidence in the trials of Sally Clark, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony.
All three women were convicted of killing their children - and all three have subsequently been exonerated by the Court of Appeal after lengthy periods in prison.
These women were convicted almost solely on the expert testimony of Professor Meadow whostated, in the Clark case, that:
At her trial, Sir Roy said the odds of two children from such an affluent family dying of natural causes were one in 73 million.
This was subsequently perceived to be a huge pile of stinking horseshit. Quite apart from the fact that—as the Royal Statistical Society wrote in a letter of complaint to the Lord Chancellor—this figure had "no statistical basis", dear Roy forgot to tell us all what the statistical chances of a woman killing two of her children were.
But, you see, anyone can make this kind of mistake (although they fucking well shouldn't). The reason that I rage at Roy Meadow is his utter lack of scientific rigour.
Meadow's calculation had assumed that the cot death probability within any single family was the same as the aggregate ratio of cot deaths to births for the entire affluent-non-smoking population. No account had been taken of conditions specific to individual families (such as the hypothesised cot death gene) which might make some more vulnerable than others. The occurrence of one cot-death makes it likely that such conditions exist within the family in question, and the probability of subsequent deaths is therefore greater than the group average (estimates are mostly in the region of 1:100).
As a doctor, Meadow should at least have considered a cot death gene; he certainly should have considered environmental factors. But he stubbornly stuck to his flawed figure and ruined the lives of at least three families before he was rumbled.
And what happened to him? After the ruining a good number of lives with his ignorance, stupidity and intransigence he was accused of misconduct and struck off. This decision was overturned on Appeal to the High Court. So, after destroying three families, Roy Meadow has lost precisely nothing (other than any future expert witness fees, obviously).
So, it makes my blood boil when I see crap like this being written.
Perhaps [Clark] was possessed by guilt that she really had killed her kids and remorse that she had brought down two eminent professors of paediatrics in getting the decision reversed.
Really. Or maybe, just maybe, after having lost her babies and spent three years in jail for a crime that she did not commit, she was just not terribly well.
As for bringing down "two eminent professors of paediatrics"? Don't make me fucking laugh! Roy Meadow, a man so stupid and convinced of his rectitude that he refused to consider any genetic component to cot death? A man who proposed a theory (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy) and then apparently destroyed the research?
What a very strange definition of "eminent" we have these days. If Sally Clark could be proud of anything now, the fact that she destroyed the credibility (and, hopefully, career) of this desperate charlatan should be one of her crowning glories.
UPDATE: sheer eloquence from The Englishman. Go read...