Following Guilty Verdict, External Review Will Begin in Manwill Case


In the wake of June 30's guilty verdict for Daniel Ehrlick, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 8-year-old Robert Manwill, yet another investigation is about to begin.

In September 2010, Robert Fellmeth, a law professor who directs the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, said Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare could have done a better job to protect Manwill. Soon thereafter, the department announced it would seek an independent outside review.

In a December 2010 interview with BW, Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong said the outside review would not begin until after the criminal trial(s).

"Because this is a criminal trial, there will be other facts coming out," said Armstrong. "So we're going to wait until then for the outside review. Because there's no other way for us to get access to some of those criminal files."

Armstrong said his department had no choice but to wait because convening a panel prior to the trail "could jeopardize the legal proceedings." Armstrong said his department had already implemented some new rules in the wake of the event but would not disclose them in order "not to taint a possible witness."