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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Blaming The Victim
 
This is a depressing story: New York is refusing to compensate a person coerced into a false confession that led to a wrongful conviction.

9:29 am est

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Welcome Decision
 
Earlier this week the Supreme Court made it easier for inmates to sue for access to DNA evidence that could establish their innocence.  Especially given the role of DNA in exonerating people who had given false confessions, this decision is most welcome.
 
10:17 am est

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Unreasonable Search?
 
Today the Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of a 9-year-old girl removed from her classroom and questioned at length about whether her father had sexually abused her. She allegedly broke down and falsely incriminated him. The issue is whether the Fourth Amendment required the authorities to obtain a warrant before questioning the girl without her mother's consent.  Because false accusations are a close cousin of false confessions, this case should be watched closely.    
 
7:28 am est


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