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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Beware The Non-Confession
I've been retained as a false confessions expert in cases where the allegation wasn't really a false confession but rather no confession at all. I get the feeling this phenomenon may be surprisingly frequent -- a suspect, usually young and/or not well-versed in English, signs something that he doesn't realize is a confession. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and jurors should all be on guard against this sort of thing.  
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Johnnie Lee Savory


Take a look at this website, devoted to Johnnie Lee Savory, who was tragically convicted of double homicide on the basis of what was probably a false confession. 

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Monday, September 8, 2008

New Book
I enthusiastically recommend a new book, published by New Press, coauthored by Tom Wells & Richard Leo: The Wrong Guys; Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Misguided War
Of the many good arguments against the war on drugs, one is the militaristic tactics (SWAT raids and the like) increasingly used. There are quite a few proven false confessions to drug-related crimes, and the aggressive tactics used by law enforcement in this area ensure that there will be more.
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