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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pardon Power
This blogpost calls for governors and presidents to make better use of the pardon power. The more we learn about the frequency of wrongful convictions (from false confessions and other causes), the more important this power becomes.
7:52 am est

Friday, December 17, 2010

Executing the Innocent?
This case does not involve a false confession, but could involve the execution of an innocent man.
8:13 am est

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Prison Overcrowding
Last week I posted about prison overcrowding. This thoughtful piece by Peter Schuck, a professor of mine back in the day, offers a nice suggestion for reducing the problem.
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Guilty Pleas & DNA

Kudos to Attorney General Holder, who recently ordered the Justice Department to end a terrible prosecutorial practice: demanding, as a condition of guilty pleas, that defendants waive their right to post-conviction DNA testing.  We must not lose sight of the fact that guilty pleas are a fertile source of false confessions.

7:49 am est

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Prison Problems
Earlier this week the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether California's overcrowded prisons amount to a constitutional violation. The problem of deplorable prison conditions is even more acute when we bear in mind that some inmates are innocent. 
9:02 am est

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